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Yusuf Hussein's Ton places Burhani in contention for 40 over title.....

Yusuf Hussein’s 117 not out sent Burhani towards the second slot on the 40 over league standings as Mombasa Simba A faced their 5th consecutive loss. Burhani won the toss on the Simba Grounds in Nyali and put the opposition to bat with Randeep Birdi (58), Gurjeet Singh (44) and Nimesh Panchal (43*) taking the Simba score to a whooping 251/8 with Talha Khan (3/46) and Murtaza Zafferali (2/23) picking wickets at regular intervals for the Burhani side. In reply, Burhani S.C were 2/27 before Yusuf Hussein came to the crease to post 117 not out together with Idris Yusufali’s (35) to take the game home with two and a half overs to spare. Burhani with 6 points out of 4 matches stand one win away from second place behind Mombasa Sports Club. Sports Club on 7 points also have a game in hand.

In between Sports Club and Burhani, Mombasa Heats and Coast Gymkhana fared mixed fortunes over the weekend as Sports Club hosted the Mombasa Heats team. Opting to bat first, Heats found themselves in trouble as Sports Club long standing skipper, Zahir Khaku (4/16) took the first two wickets with only 5 runs on the board. Jeremy Fernandes (26) and 24 extras did not help as Taaha Suleimanji (3/16) also damaged the heats lineup. Heats closing their innings for 90 with nearly ten overs spare. In reply, Sports Club opening with Sagar Karia (52*) and Yusuf Bakirali (31*) made the score with all wickets intact in 11 overs. Sports Club shooting to the top and showing the rest of the sides that they need to work harder to get there with the best.

Coast Gymkhana also powered their way to a resounding victory against Mombasa Simba B on their home ground. Gymkhana won the toss and elected to bat sending the Simba bowlers all over the place as Adarsh Sawjani (61) and Jalpesh Vekaria (66) partnered to take Gymkhana to 280 in their allotted 40 overs. Hemant Gujjar (2/46) making a difference with the ball for Simba. In reply, Jasmer Singh Marwa’s 19 did not help his side as Mahesh Kerai (5/9) and Shreyash Disale (4/17) brought down the Simba line-up for 43 runs in 16.2 overs. Having fielded 40 overs, it was truly a sad sight to see the dejected samba batsmen return to the pavilion. However, one must always rise from the ashes and rise strong and take the challenge to the opposition.

Well, that will be in the new Year as Coast Cricket takes a well deserved break into the new Year and as we close 2014, we stood a moment of silence for Phil Hugues of Australia who died in the most unusual cricketing incident ever witnessed the world over. Our sympathies with the family as we go into the festive season whence we remember all the greats of Coast Cricket as well, who entertained us, made us laugh and cry and today are themselves in need of our prayers. Stay good, stay safe and see you all after the Christmas break.

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