Mombasa Sports Club crowned NIC CUP 2015 T20 Champion.

The Final between Mombasa Sports Club and Coast Gymkhana could not have been played on better day. The 7th of June shined bright at the coast were rains have previously disrupted the tournament.

Having lost the toss and put in to bat, MSC could only manage 116 in their 20 overs. Off to a shaky start, it was Sagar Karia (24) and Mohit Dhutia (18) who steadied the innings. At 41/3 in 10 overs, Captain ZahirAbbas Khaku (29*) and Taaha Suleimanji (25*) added 59 runs for the sixth wicket to take MSC to the modest total on a slow wicket. CG bowlers Harajsingh Sohal (2/26) and Shreyash Desale (2/4) were the destructive force for the MSC batting order.

Having lost the toss and put in to bat, MSC could only manage 116 in their 20 overs. Off to a shaky start, it was Sagar Karia (24) and Mohit Dhutia (18) who steadied the innings. At 41/3 in 10 overs, Captain ZahirAbbas Khaku (29*) and Taaha Suleimanji (25*) added 59 runs for the sixth wicket to take MSC to the modest total on a slow wicket. CG bowlers Harajsingh Sohal (2/26) and Shreyash Desale (2/4) were the destructive force for the MSC batting order.

Coast Gymkhana made it to the finals having triumphed against Mombasa Jaffery in the second qualifier played on Saturday 6th of June at Mombasa Sports Club. Playing without Kenyan legend Steve Tikolo, Jaffery only managed 109/9 in 20 overs with Alex Obanda (37) and Regan Ochola (17) providing the bulk of the runs. The young bowling attack of Coast Gymkhana savoured the lime light and shined with the likes Bansi Patel (3/24) and Harajsingh Sohal (2/24) doing the major damage to the Jaffery batting line-up.

With wickets falling regularly, Jaffery saw a glimpse of hope in defending their low total but a quick fire 35 from Shaisav Patel and supportive contributions from Adarsh Sawjani (14) and Jalpesh Vekharia(13) saw their side cross the finish line. The experienced Juma Abbas (2/23) and GulamAbbas Kassam (3/17) tried their best but failed to stop Gymkhana from reaching the final of the prestigious NIC CUP T20 tournament.

At the award ceremony, the Sponsors NIC Bank ltd, expressed their immense pleasure in the success of the event and made the promise to sponsor next yearís event.

Guest of Honour, Treasury Director Mr Sankul Mandavia stated ďAt NIC Bank Group, we are committed to making a positive difference in the communities we live and work with. Through this tournament you have given us an opportunity to contribute to improving cricket standards in Mombasa by bringing a fresh perspective to the game. We are truly grateful!! As I conclude, I would like to reiterate our commitment to continue collaborating with the Cricket Association to identify ways of creating opportunities to improve cricket standards in the country. In this regard I am happy to announce that we will sponsor the 2016 NIC CUP T20 challenge.Ē

Mombasa Sports Club received the Winners cup and a cheque for kshs 100,000/-Coast Gymkhana picked the runnerís up trophy and a cheque of Kshs. 75,000/- Amir Hamza of Mombasa Simba was awarded the Best Batsman and cash of Kshs.10,000 for scoring 178 runs in 6 matches. Dev Hirani of Mombasa Sports Club was awarded best bowler of the tournment and cash Kshs.10,000 for his 14 wickets at an economy of 4.20. Player of the tournament went to Shreyash Desale of Coast Gymkhana for his 10 wickets and 69 runs in 7 matches. Shreyash received a Trophy and Kshs. 20,000/- . Cricket fan Mr. Kalpesh Solanki also awrded a Cash price of Kshs 5000/- each to best bowler and best batsman and US$ 100/- to Player of the Tournament. The NIC BANK fair play award/trophy went to Coast Gymkhana for having played the game in its true spirit.

Overall, the tournament with all its ups and downs was a success with a range of talent on display as every side showed the potential to lift the cup but as in every sport, the winner could only be one and Mombasa Sports Club came through in the end to endorse its dominance of the sport at the coast.

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