In the last match of the Coast Cricket Association 50 overs league 2015/16, Coast gymkhana won their match against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj by 5 wickets which meant, Coast Gymkhana topped the league table with 6 points more than former champions and Coast Reigning champions for five Years Mombasa Sports Club.
Batting first, Shree Cutchi Leva posted 143 all out in 36 overs with Pritesh Pindoria (32) and Khilesh Hirani (32) scoring in the middle of the innings to steady a shaky start. HarajSingh Sohal mesmerising the batsmen with his beautiful line and length bowling to net (3/40) in 8 overs. In reply, Shreyash Desale (44) and Santosh Kumar (23*) ensured a solid end to a fairy tale season for the Coast Gymkhana. Akshay Bhanderi’s( 2/29) the only spanner in the works that nearly upset the Gymkhana bandwagon.
Elsewhere, Mombasa Simba secured their ONLY victory of the league against Mombasa Heats whom they beat by 100 runs. Batting first, Mombasa Simba scored 247 all out as Gurjeet Singh (52) and Randeep Birdi (48) went to town against the Heats bowling attack. Not even sujit’s (6/36) spell could put a brake to the duo who ensured the healthy total. In reply, Kyle Pereira (36) and Rajith Ranaweera (28) could not set strong enough a base for the Heats to send Simba without a win as Gurjeet Singh (5/50) managed to trouble the top and middle order ensuring the end of the season with both Heats and Simba at the bottom of the league table.
Shree Cutchi Leva took the runner up position pushing Sports Club and the rest below the 3rd position on the table.
COAST GYMKHANA SECURED ALL THREE TROPHIES IN THE SEASON NAMELY NIC T20, 6-ASIDE AND THE 50 OVER LEAGUE played under the CCA banner at the Coast.
Ex Kenya Captain/Coach Steve Tikolo showcased his skill with 664 runs in 8 innings with 173* against Burhani Sports Club declared as a Best Batsman of the Tournament but some amazing talent also seen Harshil Gohill (Coast Gymkhana) 177 runs, Idris Firoz (Burhani Sports) 171 and Tanzil Sheikh (Coast Gymkhana) 155*.
Shreyash Desale of Coast Gymkhana took 25 wickets in all toping the table with 6/19 from Jaffery Sports Club declared a Best Batsman as Taaha Suleimanji took 22 wickets with 5/23 against Heats as Ammar Kaderbhouy (Mombasa Sports Club) and Akshay Samji (Shree Cutchi Leva) took 22 and 21 wickets to take 3rd and 4th positions.
Overall, some excellent cricket and some wonderful scores have shown that there still remains a smoldering ember in the local cricketing fire just waiting for the right gusto of enthusiastic support to take it back to its glory of yester-years. The wicker baskets, the tea flasks, raw mangoes, bhajia and chole alu as grounds were packed and the crowds were roaring for their favourites to bring the cup home.
We thank the sponsors, Media, organizers, clubs, ground support staff, club patrons, staff and each and every person who has been and continues to be a valued part of this age old sport in our town.