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Gymkhana triumph to secure semi berth as Mombasa Heats prepare for battle.

( Kshitij Patel of Coast Gymkhana receiving a Man of the Match Trophy from Umpires.)

Coast Gymkhana last weekend handed a humiliating defeat to Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj winning their T20 match by 8 wickets to secure a semis berth in group A of Zahra Cup T20.

Batting first, SCLPS set a meagre 65 run target for Coast Gymkhaana as GurajSingh Sohal (3/6) and Kshitij Patel (3/15) tore through the SCLPS batting line-up where Bipin Bhudia (14) was the only batsman to get into double figures together with 27 extras. In reply, Kamal Gohil’s 32 not out took Coast Gymkhana through in record time.

Jaffery Sports Club set a steep 215 run target for Heats with Juma Abbas (56)*, Aliasgher Abdallah (44) and Mujtaba Walji (41) preventing Jeremy Fernandes (2/23) and co from finding a productive rhythm. In reply, Mombasa Heats took off to a brisk 104 for 3 with Edward Pettifier (31), Padma Kumara (27) and Dr. Rajgopal (27) giving Mombasa Jaffery a scare before ever reliable Juma Abbas (4/11) and GulamAbbas Kassam (3/34) turned the tide to restrict heats to 134 all out with 5 deliveries spare.

Burhani will face of Coast Gymkhana on 16th March’14 in morning game and the outcome may well decide who plays Mombasa Sports Club or Jaffery as Mombasa Heats take on Sports Club with an outside chance at changing the standings in the Group B table of the qualifying round.