A weekend for close finishes and huge margins as the heat continues to rise at the coast.....
A weekend for close finishes and huge margins as the heat continues to rise at the coast. Current table as it stands, show MSC A making it look easy at the top, unbeaten…. but we all know…. This is cricket!! Unscripted and unrehearsed. No winner till the last ball is bowled. Below are the weekend results
GAME 17 : MOMBASA SIMBA SPORTS CLUB vs SHREE CUTCHI LEVA SAMAJ
Simba didn’t hesitate to field having won the toss, probably to avoid the midday sun in the 2nd innings. A decent start by the opening bowlers to keep things in check, rewarded them with wicket at 26/1. Mahendra Varsani (41 runs) tried to keep it together for Cutchi, desperately looking for partnerships to get things going. But they were up against veteran Satpal Singh 4 over 16 runs 2 wickets and left arm Prateesh 4 overs 37 runs 3wickets, who started to take the game away from Cutchi. Once their 4th wicket fell….. the tail wagged , with cutchi losing 6 wickets for only 24 runs…. Ending with a target of 94 runs all out in the 17th over. Second innings saw the best of the saying “never say die”, opening bowlers Vinod and Akshay gave nothing away with tight spells and thus building the required pressure…leaving Prakash Bhanderi 4 overs 20 runs 3 wickets and Mukesh Hirani 4 overs 27 runs 3 wickets to start picking wickets. Simba’s Gurjeet Singh (31runs) and Nitesh Kumar (21runs) tried to keep the target in sight, but the Cutchi boys were relentless in reminding their opponents why they were the defending champions. It boiled down to the last over, Simba at 89/9 needing 6 to win from 6 balls. A four from the 1st ball then a wicket in the 2nd ball… left Simba team with plenty of “what ifs” and “if onlys”…losing the game by the narrowest of margins. Cutchi won by 1 run. Man of the Match : Prakash Bhanderi
GAME 18 : BURHANI SPORTS CLUB vs MEMON SPORTS CLUB
A one sided affair as bottom of the table Memon came against powerhouse BSC with their hard hitting Kenyan national player Alex Obanda. The only mercy of the day , was Memon winning the toss and electing to bat first. A bad start as they lost their opener in the first over for a duck. At 19/3 Abdulrahim Dadani (16 runs) and Essar Kasmani (29 runs) tried to steady the innings upto 80runs, But once that partnership was broken , the flood gates were opened as 6 wickets fell for only 14runs, Memon finishing 94 all out. The BSC bowlers all deserved praise for their tight bowling, but Mufaddal Aftab and Idris Shabbir stood out with figures of 3overs 16 runs 3wickets and 4overs 8 runs 2 wickets respectively. All teams tremble before the power hitting of Alex Obanda (76 runs not out) and he did not disappoint, helping his team take the game for no loss.BSC winning by 10 wickets. Man of the Match : Idris Shabbir
GAME 19 : COAST GYMKHANA vs MOMBASA SPORTS CLUB B
MSC B bolding and bravely elected to field after winning the toss as they faced a determined CG. Against a talented but inexperienced bowling attack, the CG openers batted sensibly giving their team a good opening stand of 78runs before losing their first wicket. Harshil Gohil (72runs) and Adarsh Sawjani (58 runs not out) added another 80 runs partnership. With two big partnerships, CG were destined for a big total…. Finishing 185/3 in their 20overs. The young MSC B bowlers giving away 21runs in extras and dropping 5 catches in the field will have to remember the basics quickly if they are to continue improving their game.
A bad start in the 2nd innings , as the opening batsmen struggled against speedster Pradyuman Joshi (4overs 8runs 2wickets)losing a wicket in the 1st over. High targets usually tend to create pressure, but at 72/6, Capt Mehdi Syed (46 runs) and Aaron Desilva (42runs) stuck around to give MSC B a little something to be proud about eventually reaching 141/6.
CG won by 44 runs. Man of the Match : Harshil Gohil
GAME 20 : MOMBASA SPORTS CLUB A vs SHREE CUTCHI LEVA SAMAJ
A win in their morning game , Cutchi elcted to field first against the unbeaten league leaders MSC A. The batting lineup all contributed well, scoring at will yet losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohit Dhutia top scored with 39runs as the team reached a total of 172/5. An exhausted performance followed in the 2nd innings as Cutchi struggled to get going as the MSC bowlers came at them hard, giving nothing away and taking some good catches in the field, After a total of 4 ducks, Cutchi finally succumbed scoring only 62runs all out. In the bowling department , a lot of credit goes to, possibly the best bowling figures of the tournament, Sahil Patel 3overs 7 runs 5wickets , well supported by Puru Sharma 4overs 13runs 2wickets. MSC A winning by mammoth 110 runs Man of the Match : Sahil Patel