Mombasa Sports A and Coast Gymkhana Reach Finals after thrilling weekend encounters
On 21st of September CCA Division One 30 over Knockout tournament reached its semi final stage. Both semi finals were played on a same day at Coast Gymkhana and Mombasa sports club grounds. First semi final was played between Coast gymkhana and Shree Cutchi leva A under the bright September sun.
Winning the toss, CG opted to put the visitors in to bat. Early wickets boosted the bowling pair of Kshitij Patel 2/17 and Devarshi Brahmbhatt 1/21 which saw Cutchis at 25/3. Only contributions from Paresh Bhudia 39 and Jignesh Hirani 25 saw them reach a respectable total of 122/10 in the 26th over with the two CG spinners Luv Manek 2/15 and Raj Kashyap 2/13 picking up the main wicket of Paresh and the tailenders.
A similar start in the second innings saw CG lose early wickets seeing them at 21/2, but a match winning partnership of 91 runs between experienced Sanjay Patel 41 and hard hitting Devarshi Brahmbhatt 43 was all that was needed to put the game in the bag. They finished the game in the 23rd over scoring 123 for the lose of 4 wickets.
As for the Cutchi Leva bowling attack, openers Vinod Thakrani 1/27 and Bipin Bhudia 1/20 got things going with spinners Paresh Bhudia 1/22 and Neekil Shamji 1/34 chipping in but there just wasn’t enough runs on the board to defend. Coast Gymkhana won by 6 wickets.
At Mombasa Sports Club, it was business as usual for defending champions Mombasa Sports Club A as they dismissed the challenge from Burhani Sports Club in the second semi finals
Winning the toss skipper Zahirabbas Khaku made the wise decision to put the visitors in to bat on what was expected to be a tough wicket to bat on. Tight bowling by the opening pair Thabit Mohamed 3/21 and Zahirabbas Khaku 1/15 ensured runs weren’t easy to come by. They were well supported by Dev Hirani 1/11 and Vishal Shikotra 1/19.
At 28 for 4 wickets things looked downhill for BSC, but in stepped Captain Taha Yusufali 46 and Yusuf Hussein 29 to stable the innings with a partnership of 70 runs. A quick cameo from Murtaza Bakir 18 n/o at the end , gave BSC a defendable total of 123/7 on the tough wicket.
MSC batsmen also found it difficult to get going with tight bowling from Mustan Khanbhai 1/18 , Yusuf Hussein 1/22 and new comers Irfan Qureshi 0/27 giving nothing away in the opening spells. At 35/2 in the 10th over BSC got a whiff of victory but that was before Sagar Karia stepped in to wrap up the game hitting 52 runs from 40 balls. He was well supported by Bhavya Thaker 15 and Zahirabbas Khaku 14. In the end, MSC A won by 6 wickets.
The final is to be played between defending champions Mombasa Sports Club A and Coast Gymkhana on the 28th of September, at the Coast Gymkhana Sport Club. Lets hope it will be a final worthy of the books. See you all there.