Pakistan upsets former Coast cricket champions

Paresh Bhudia (right) of Coast Gymkana Cricket Club looks on as Pakistan Cricket Club's bats man Farouk Ahmed (left) attempts to clear the ball in one of the opening match in the annual NIC Bank Coast Cricket Tournament at the Coast Gymkana Club, February 28, 2017. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

Pakistan Cricket Club registered their first win when they pulled a major upset to beat former Coast league champions Jaffery Sports Club by 32 runs as NIC Bank T20 cricket tournament continued in Mombasa.

The Pakistan side was elected to bat and were off to a good start with the top order contributing well.

Irfan Qureishi top scored with a good 47 runs and the innings was explosively finished with some towering sixes from veteran Mohammed Farook 34 not out to reach a defendable total of 172/7.

Zuheir Ladak’s 3/32 once again was successful with the ball, managing to restrain Pakistan in the middle overs. Jaffery could not repeat their recent good run as they fell, baffled to Affan Butt’s spell of 4/19 who picked 3 wickets in his first over.

Veteran David Tikolo’s 51 runs showed that class is permanent, and Mujahid Kalyan's 48 runs brought some respectability to the chase as Jaffery closed at 140/9.

In another match, Coast Gymkhana Sports Club became the second team this year in Mombasa to post over 200 runs after they defeated Mombasa Simba by 77 runs.

The match at Coast Gymkhana Sports Club saw the home team elected to bat with on-form Santosh Kumar once again mercilessly in his quick onslaught of 65 not out off 25balls. Gymkhana were 202/4.

Simba struggled to get going, wickets falling at regular intervals by the opening spin attack of Haraj 2/30 and Adarsh 2/21 restricting the batting side, Gymkhana’s wicket taker Kshitij 3/19. Mombasa Simba managed 125/10.

At Mombasa Sports Club, the home team extended their unbeaten good run after beating Burhani Sports Club by 88 runs. Burhani felt energized after picking up the key wicket of Sagar Karia in the first ball after having won the toss and choosing to bowl.

But Mombasa Sports Club batting line up stepped up with Mohit Dhutia top scoring with 62 runs and a quick 32 runs from Vishal Shikotra to finish the innings on a high note with 189/7.

Burhani also lost their first wicket in the first ball with Thabit Mohammed straight away on the attack with 3/12. Burhani’s K.Ammar powerfully hit the ball to score 50 before being dismissed as the side managed 101/10.

In another game, Shree Cutchi Leva beat Mombasa Heats by 53 runs. Mombasa Heats won the toss and elected to bowl.

 

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