With 14 balls to bowl and 5 runs to for Pupuni to win, whose 9 wickets had fallen, Abuakwa Superkings’ Godwin Agbenyenu stepped up and beautifully bowled Kingsley Afelete, who had scored 2 runs off 5 balls, after coming in as the last batsman for Pupuni.
There was a huge hope for Pupuni to make the 65 runs for 9 wickets and win by 1 wicket, as Abuakwa Superkings, who won toss and elected to bat first, had scored 64 runs for 7 wickets in the first innings.
The top of the zone 2 table clash of the Asuogyaman Boys U-19 T-20 Community Cricket league thrilled all present from the first to the last ball bowled on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Senchi Methodist School Park.
Abuakwa Superkings maintained their spot on the table, winning by 4 runs, as Pupuni could only manage 60 runs, all out in 17.4 overs.
Prince Homeku was adjudged Player of the match, with his bowling figures standing at 3 wickets, giving away 6 runs in 4 overs. Godwin Agbenyenu, took 2 wickets, gave away 13 runs, in 3.4 overs with a maiden over, whereas Ebenezer Agbeti took 2 wickets, gave away 3 runs in 3 overs.
Pupuni’s Wintis Atiiga had a wonderful middle order affair as he scored 15 runs, off 31 balls, not out.
The game which saw the exhibition of expert bowling and fielding also had Pupuni’s Francis Wegba took 3 wickets, gave away 10 runs, in 3 overs.
Abuakwa, with the win, remain unbeaten in 4 matches and sit at the summit of the zone 2 table with 8 points, while Pupuni follow with 6 points.
Belinda Asante, Coach of Pupuni Community Cricket Club says, she had a good game.
“We had a good game. My boys did so well but it was hard luck on us. During the latter stages of the game, my boys relaxed and that caused us. We will definitely win our last match against Tortibo and top the table again.”
His opposite number, Nelson Kofi Tamakloe says, Pupuni is still a Club to watch in the semis, as he’s yet to know more about Terrific Hitters from Boso in Zone 1.
“I was so excited during the last stages of the game. We have really shown it is a top of the table affair and we thank God we won and still top of the table. I am grateful to my players and the entire Abuakwa Community. Pupuni is a Club to watch out for, because they did very well. I am yet to investigate about the Hitters in Boso, but for now, we will prepare for what is ahead.”
The earlier match between Mangoase Hydro and Senchi Royal Batters was also a delight to watch as Evans Osei of Mangoase Hydro had a Golden Duck on Kelvin Selase in the second innings, after Senchi Royals won toss and elected to field first.
Evans’ delivery, plus other bowlers weren’t consistent enough to restrict Senchi Royal Batters below 49 runs, which Mangoase Hydro scored, for 10 wickets in 13 overs, in the first innings.
Senchi Royal Batters won the game by 3 wickets, after scoring 51 runs, for 7 wickets in 17.2 overs.
Michael Buabil of Senchi Royals won the Man of the Match accolade, having scored 9 runs, off 34 balls, not out and taking 2 wickets, and giving away 11 runs, in 4 overs.
The table however remains the same after the week 6 outings. Senchi Royals, still 4th with all matches played are with 4 points, same as Tortibo who are 2 matches away from qualification but 3rd.
Boso Terrific Hitters who have qualified from Zone 1, are still waiting for the Semi final parings as the zone 2 matches nears a wrap up.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey