It was the weekend of double headers as all four teams were made to play two matches on a Sunday.....
It was the weekend of double headers as all four teams were made to play two matches on a Sunday where rain was expected but not a drop fell. The cricket on the other hand, Did not disappoint. Here are the results
GAME 13 : COAST GYMKHANA vs MOMBASA SIMBA SPORTS CLUB
Simba winning the toss, elected to bat on what turned out to be a tricky wicket to bat on. Opener Vinod Kumar (29 runs) tried to play the anchor role as his partners came and went. Only him and Gurjeet Singh(43 runs) managed to cross into double digits as Gurjeet tried to finish at the back end, managing to score a total of 103 all out in the 18th over. The CG bowlers shared the spoils with Kshitij Patel, Dominic Wesonga, Adarsh Sawjani and Jimmy Kamande all picking 2 wickets each, leaving their team in a good position. But Simba were not going to go down without a fight, and fight they did , picking wickets at regular intervals giving CG a real run for their money. Unfortunately for Simba, there wasnít enough runs on the board to defend, CG crossing the line with 3 balls to spare, Dominic Wesonga (27runs not out) proved most adaptable to the conditions and stuck it out till the end to see his team through. CG won by 4 wickets. Man of the Match : Dominic Wesonga
GAME 14 ; JAFFERY SPORTS CLUB vs MOMBASA SPORTS CLUB A
JSC winning the toss elected to field in the hopes of dismissing the formidable batting line up of MSC A for a low total. JSC boasted a good bowling attack with speedster Peter Langat , the experienced former Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe and the tall off breaker Tom Ochieng, but they were up against MSCís Abraham Vadada(50 runs) and run machine Sagar Karia(71 runs) ,who needed a moment of brilliance from Talha Khan to dismiss him by taking an amazing diving catch on the cover boundary . Although wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals, MSC finished with 173/6 in their 20 overs.
JSC hit an early bump in their innings, losing one of their openers in the first over but hard hitting by Tom Ochieng (54 runs) kept the target in sight if only his partners didnít keep tumble before him as he scorched in the midday sun. Talha Khan(22 runs not out) once again showed some brilliance towards the end by hitting some lofty blows but it was too little too late as his team fell short of the target by 39 runs.
Puru Sharma unable to contribute with the bat , made his presence felt with the ball with figures of 4 overs 14 runs 4 wickets. MSC winning by 39 runs. Man of the Match : Sagar Karia
>b>GAME 15 : COAST GYMKHANA vs MOMBASA SPORTS CLUB A
The anticipated match up of arch rivals CG and MSC was well attended by a rowdy noisy crowd cheering on their favorite teams. MSC choosing to bat after winning the toss , felt they could bank on their morning batting performance ,but the hot sun and tired legs let them down. The CG bowlers with their persistent line started picking wickets early leaving MSC at 64/4 at the half way mark. But Sushil Sharma (54 runs) and Dev Hirani (30 runs) resilience paid off with their 65run partnership. A crowd pleasing cameo by Mo Alharazi (19 runs) in the last over saw MSC finish on a high with 154/6. Jimmy Kamande experience showed with his figures of 4 overs 15 runs 2 wickets. In the second innings , a wicket in the first over gave MSC the momentum as they reaped through CG batting line up, denying Dominic Wesonga(54runs) a partner he desperately needed in their run chase. After 5 ducks , CG ended their innings at 85 all out in the 12th over . Dev Hiraniís spell of 3over 17runs 4wickets did most of the damage. MSC won by 69 runs. Man of the Match : Dev Hirani
GAME 16 : JAFFERY SPORTS CLUB vs MOMBASA SIMBA SPORTS CLUB
Having both lost their morning games, JSC and Simba both hoped for a chance to grab some valuable points in their match up. JSC won the toss and elected to bat first. The hard hitting Tom Ochieng(28 runs) tried to continued his morning form but the Simba bowlers starved them for runs with tight bowling lines. Veteran Satpal Singh still showing us how itís done with figures of 4overs 26runs 2wickets giving very little away. JSC managing only 114/7 in their 20overs. In the second innings , the only father/son opening pair of Satpal Singh(13 runs) and his son Sukhraj Singh (41 runs) started the proceeding well with an opening stand of 64runs. JSC spinners came into play with Maurice Odumbe drying up the runs from one end while Talha Khan and Tom Ochieng picked up wickets from the other. But with a small target in sight , losing 6 wickets in the process, Simba held on and reached their target. Simba winning by 5 wickets. Man of the Match : Tom Ochieng