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T20 Zahra Cup Heats up as Heats ends 40 over league on a Hign.

CCA 40 OVER league ended with its last game played last Sunday whereby the 5th position was decided between Burhani Sports Club and Mombasa Heats in a high scoring game full of nail biting tension.

Batting first, Burhani posted a commendable 211 in 32.4 overs with 49 extras, Taha Firoz and Mohamed Murtaza Haji posting 41 each to see their side to a comfortable score. Andrew Englesfield (4/27) and Tim Jenz (3/41) slowing things down for the upbeat Burhani batsmen. In reply, Tim Jenz’s 67 and Edward Pettifer’s 78 for a 154 run opening stand saw Heats make the target with 7 wickets and 14 deliveries to spare.

The final table for the 40 Over league saw Sports Club top the table with Mombasa Jaffery coming second and Shree Cutchi Leva, Coast Gymkhana and Mombasa Heats taking 3rd, 4th and 5th positions respectively. The batting table was headed by Mombasa Jaffery’s Mohamed Fazal whist Juma Abbas (BJ) headed the bowlers standings. Tim Jenz of Heats and Juma Abbas of Jaffery the only two all rounders to star in both tables.

The Zahra cup T20 saw its 3rd match played between Mombasa Simba and a very resilient Coast Gymkhana at the Burhani Sports Ground. Batting first, Simba posted a defendable 162 for 3 in their 20 overs with Santosh Kumar’s 82 and Randep Birdi’s 43 setting the pace of the game. The Coast Gymkhana bowlers valiantly tried to stem the tide of runs to no avail. In reply, it was Coast Gymkhana’s turn to heat up the crease as Sanjay Patel (61*) and Harshil Gohil ( 34*) came together for the 4th wicket partnership with the scores reading 61 for 3. From there-on, it was a wicketless toil for the Simba bowlers as the two finished the innings with 7 deliveries to spare and taking Gymkhana to their first win of the T20 cup.

This weekend will see Burhani take on Simba whilst Coast Gymkhana face Shree Cutchi Leva as the fight for the final four slots becomes harder and the going tougher. With continual lack of support for most teams, Shree Cutchi Leva stand a stronger chance with their erstwhile supporters turning up in fair numbers to cheer their boys to victory.