It keeps getting exciting as the boys are being separated from the men gradually in the ongoing Ghana Cricket Association’s New Year Invitational T20 league.
Carel Super Kings (CSK), who top Group B gave Swami Sports Club the loss they have never had in the league on Sunday, February 12, 2023 in their week 17 encounter.
CSK, who won toss and opted to bat first, scored a remarkable 190/7 that saw Sam Michael Merbin 59(43) and Michael Aboagye *53(29) shine in their 64 and 61 minutes of play respectively. Michael Aboagye came on as the 7th batter, when his brother Joseph Aboagye was dismissed via lbw from Nirav Pomal’s delivery on the 11.3 over.
Michael however met another Michael, whose had scored 34(29), with CSK’s total standing at 74 runs or 5 wickets. The partnership between Michael Aboagye and Sam Michael Merbin however produced 71 runs plus 17 extras, before Merbin was bowled out by Nirav Pomal (4-0-18-3) on the 17.6 over.
The second innings, which lasted longer (224 mins) than the first (115 mins) saw Swami Sports manage 62/8, while CSK won by 128 runs.
Sam Michael Merbin was adjudged player of the match, as he added to his batting performance these bowling figures, (4-2-5-3).
Captain, Selvaraj Chockalingam, who was given a duck from the beginning of the first over (as Swami got 2 wickets at the first over), made his bowling abilities felt with 4-2-2-2.
SCK now sit comfortably at the top of the group with 10 points and a match more to wrap up the group phase. Swami Sports wrapped up their matches with 3 points on 5th spot. Don Bruce, 2nd with 8 points, U-19 team, 3rd with 8 points and Punjab IPMC, 4th with 6 points, are all left with a match against each other to finish the group games.
The fun continued in the afternoon as Karizma narrowly lost to BGC in another tough encounter at the Achimota Oval C.
The group A match saw Karizma losing their 2nd match in a row after their lost to Supreme, while BGC wrapped up their group matches and gathered 9 points, 2nd on the table and with same points as leaders, Defenders XI.
Karizma, with a match to play can not make it to the semis, as they lie 4th with 5 points.
BGC scored in the first innings and produced 124/7 with 22 extras with their not too promising start. They however held on to win by 4 runs, after Karizma’s effort to outscore them ended at 120/7.
With 29 runs to win from 12 balls, Kush Shah managed *18(8), but his partnership with Preetham Ananda Acchan 43(42) which could have sealed victory for them saw a nose dive, as the latter was dismissed by Ramsh Pawar (3-0-19-2) in the 19.4 overs.
With captain Rohit Makhija 2(5) having a bad day in the middle order, Ayushman Mishra and Rohit Sukhija couldn’t make use of the last 2 balls, as would Kush, who a boundary 4, with Karizma needing 7 runs to tie and 8 to win, but got 3 runs.
A week more for the wrap of the group matches before the semifinals, the following Sunday at the Achimota Cricket Oval C.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey