NIC T20 2016 takes off at Coast Gymkhana and Mombasa Sports Club grounds.

The hotly contested NIC T20 is back in action at the Coast Gymkhana and Mombasa Sports Club grounds with the tournament entering its second week last weekend. Reigning champions Mombasa Sports Club took on minnows Memon Sports Club where Sports Club took to the crease on winning the toss and posted a whooping 188/3 in their allotted 20 overs. Mohamed Harazi, Vishal Shikotra and Jay Trivedi posting 46, 48 and 57 respectively to take the game out of reach of the Memon batsmen. Bashir Hamid with 2/38 the only successful bowler from the Memon side. In reply, the Memon batsmen failed to form meaningful partnerships with all ten wickets falling for 64 runs with 4 deliveries to spare.

Bashir Hamid (14) once again saving grace being the only player to score double figures. Taha Suleimanji and Arjun Kotecha picking two wickets a piece conceding only 8 and 4 runs respectively. An easy win for the defending champs in the earlier stages of the tournament.

In the second game of the weekend, Coast Gymkhana won the toss against Simba Sports Club and opted to bat posting a daunting 194/5 in their 20 overs. Young Adarsh Sawjani (65), Santosh Kumar (53)* and Shaishav Patel (45) hitting hard against the Simba Bowling attack. Dhruv Shukla (2/28) and Satinder Singh (2/46) the only successful campaigners against the hard hitting batsmen. In reply, Simba’s Satpal Singh (32)* and Devender Singh (20) steadied the innings in the middle but falling wickets and a strong bowling attack Shreyash Desale (4/10) saw the Simba side end on 91/7 in their 20 overs.

The third game saw Mombasa Jaffery ride on the strength of former Kenyan Skipper Steve Tikolo who posted an unbeaten 158 together with 33 from Mohamed Fazal to take Jaffery Sports to 223/3 in their 20. Shree Cutchi Leva Patel utilised Akshay Bhandari’s 4 overs too early for 16 runs and 1 wicket with the rest being sent all over the field by the former Kenya cap. In reply, SCLPS lost 6 wickets for 32 runs before Bipin Bhudia (40) and Rakesh Velani (30) steadied the innings with contributions from Akshay Bhandari (30) as well as Dipak Vekaria (36) saw SCLPS close with a decent reply of 157 all out. Zuheir Ladak 3/21 and Regan Ochola 2/8 restricting SCLPS in the early overs.

The fourth game of the weekend saw Burhani Sports Club pitted against Mombasa Heats where Burhani opted to field having won the toss. Mombasa Heats found themselves in murky waters at 29/5 before Kyle dug in and scored a patient 42 to take heats to 121/8 in their 20 overs. Hiren Vairaga (4/14) was the main destructive force behind the Burhani attack. In reply, Idris Yusufali (35) and Talha Khan (23)* took Burhani to victory within 13.3 overs with 2 wickets falling to Rajith for 24 runs.

With plenty of games to go and early days into the tournament, Mombasa Jaffery have taken top slot on net run rate ahead of defending champions Mombasa Sports Club, Gymkhana and Burhani with all four teams sitting pretty with 4 points a piece. The remaining four teams are yet to score points having faced the tougher opposition at the onset but with games to follow the table is set to take some interesting twists and turns. Action a plenty with the hard hitters and the piercing bowlers taking Cricket at the coast to a new and exciting level.

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