Coast Gymkhana romp unbeaten to Crucial weekend of NIC Bank T20 tournament....

Coast Gymkhana trounced Shree Cutchi Leva Patel last weekend to set the stage for a clear shot at the top of the table in the coming weekend of fixtures of the NIC T20 tournament which see Gymkhana take on Mombasa Jaffery and Mombasa Simba respectively. Gymkhana batting first amassed 180 runs with Rakep Patel going great guns with 131 as Gymkhana lost cheap wickets on the other end. However, Paresh Gamiís 2/28 was the only saving grace for the well known Cutchi bowling attack. In reply, Rajesh Narsi (20), Paresh Bhudia (27), Pritesh Hirani (25) and Kushal Varshani (20) could not total up the score and SCLPS ended with only 118/8 at 20 overs. Kshitij Patel 3/26 and Shreyash Desale 2/16 displaying some brilliant stump to stump bowling.

Another tough contender for the NIC T20 cup, Burhani Sports Club had a field day against Mombasa Simba restricting the lions to 73 all out with 10 deliveries spare. Satinder Aithan (21) and Amir Hamza (15) contended well against the ferocious Mohammed Dadabhai (4/16) and Hussein Mukarram (3/12). Burhani managed the target in half their innings with none of the Simba bowlers troubling the batsmen. Idris Yusufali (32) and Mustafa Chandbhai (20)* strolling along to make the runs with ease. Burhani at present lead the table having played two matches too many compared to the rest of the contending field.

In the third NIC T20 match last weekend, Mombasa Simba trounced newcomers Memon Sports Club to secure their first win in the tournament. Batting first under the watchful eyes of Kutub GulamAbbas and Hemant Desai, Simba posted 148/6 with Amir Hamza (39) and Satinder Aithan (26) getting the runs. Both fell to good bowling from Ahmed Kadernani (2/28) as AbdulRahim Harunani (3/24) also managed to showcase his skills. In reply, Luqman Noorani (45)* and Essak Kasmani (32) could not score fast enough against the bowling of Amir Hamza (3/21) and the Memon side managed only 121/6 in their allotted 20 overs. However, it would seem that as the tournament progresses, Memon Sports Club is getting into the game and shows promise in future matches.

In the 40 over League, three centuries saw scores cross the 250 run mark as Mombasa Heats lit up the crease with 320/8 in their 40 overs. Geoffrey Evans (153) and Jimmy Kamande (109) took on the bowling of Yusuf Hussein (2/63) and Murtaza Jafferali (2/42) to showcase their hard hitting form. However, not to be outdone, Burhaniís Irfan Qureishi (100) and Talha Khan (46) also went at the ball with vengeance but the bowling of Peter Minns (3/61) and Jimmy Kamande (3/42) restricted the Burhani side to 256 all out with seven overs spare. This has placed Burhani precariously on the table as Heats try to climb back into the saddle and take on the table leaders. Burhani and Heats play each other again this coming weekend in a match that could see either climb to the 3rd or 4th slot on the table with an eye on the top.

Plenty of action this weekend as Gymkhana try to conquer the NIC T20 table whilst Burhani and Heats try to gun for the top of the PRO40 with SCLPS and Mombasa Jaffery also playing crucial matches for the top slots.

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