Mombasa Sports Club secure league as Shree Cutchi struggle to hold second place.
The last two weeks have seen three matches played with Shree Cutchi Leva Patel having mixed results in two games.Playing MSC on the Coast Gymkhana Ground on the 10th, SCLPS lost the toss and were made to bat on a sticky wicket that gave bounce and skid to the MSC opening duo of Thabith Mohamed (3/7) and ZahirAbbas Khaku (3/18). This saw SCLPS totter at 35 for 6 before Bipin Bhudia’s 15 runs helped break the bowling momentum and took SCLPS to 80 all out in 33 overs. Rajesh Valani (18), 17 extras and and Kushal Varshani’s 11 runs the main contributors.
In reply, it was not all rosy as Sports Club found themselves in a rut with 35/4 on the board before captain ZahirAbbas (20) and Nilay Thakkar (29*) took the team through for the loss of 5 wickets in 20.3 overs. Paresh Gami’s brilliant 4/26 was the cause for scare for the Sports Club batsmen. However, with this win in hand, Sports Club are clear on the table to take one more league for the Year as SCLPS fight with Mombasa Jaffery for the 2nd slot.
Last week saw SCLPS vent their anger on Mombasa Simba who took to the wicket with clear intent, humbling Paresh Gami the previous week’s SCLP star and posting 47 runs for the first wicket before Khushal Varshani (2/30) Bipin Bhudia (4/8) and Khailesh Hirani (3/5) struck vital blows to bring Simba halting at 89 all out in 19.4 overs. Satindar Singh (25), Dhruv Shukla (13) and Randeep Birdi (12) scoring the runs for Simba. In reply, Manish Vekaria (19*) together with Harshit Hirani (17) and Kushal Varshani (14) took SCLPS to victory in 21.4 overs with Satindar Singh again being the main tormentor (3/17) and Pyara Singh with his lovely spell of 2/27 accounting for 5 of the 6 wickets to fall.
In the second game of the day, Mombasa Heats who have lost their flame it seems took on Burhani Sports Club who, having done away with their Kenya team prospects seem to be in a much better rhythm. Heats chosing to Bat first scored a defendable 155 in 34 overs with Steve Turnnidge (29), Dr. RajGopal (30), Padma Kumara (29) and Yohann Castanha (18) contributing handsomely to the score. Shafik Alibhai (3/39) and ever reliable Mohammed Dadabhai (2/28) taking wickets in the middle order to stem the flow of runs. Burhani decided to take the bull by the horns as Idris Yusufali posted a brisk 34 and Yusuf Hussein (50*) together with Taha Firzo (35*) took the scores home within 25 overs. Tim Jenz (1/39) and Jeremy Fernandes (1/39) the only ones to pick wickets.
The Kenyan cricketing fraternity lost one of their own in the name of Hussein Story who passed away this weekend. Story played cricket for a number of years at the coast and also some in Nairobi.
This weekend, Jaffery S.C take on Burhani S C at Burhani Ground as MSC coaster through against Coast Gymkhana at the Gymkhana grounds