Pupuni Pacesetters cruised to their first victory in week four of the ongoing Asuogyaman Boys U-19 Community t20 cricket league on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
The second match played at the Akwamuman SHS Park had the Pacesetters set the pace with a 56 runs score, for all out in 16.2 overs in the first innings after their opponents, Senchi Fire Batters won toss and chose to field first.
It was a bad first innings for Pacesetters, as they saw the dismissal of 4 wickets as at the 6th over and 9 wickets as at the 13th over, while they had 42 runs to their credit. John Kwao and captain Clement Agyei maintained a bit of composure but Clement gave up to Divine Norvikeku, as his shot for a boundary was caught by Popolampo Ashim to wrap up the innings.
Popolampo had a great innings, taking 4 wickets and giving away 8 runs in 4 overs. Divine Norvikeku contributed to the bowling figures, taking 3 wickets and giving away 21 runs in 3.2 overs.
It was time to restrict for Pupuni and a time to Fire the balls to win by wickets, as both sides seek their first victory, having lost in their 2 matches played.
Fire Batters however could not fan the fire to push the bats for boundaries, allowing the Pacesetters to dictate the pace of the second innings, taking a wicket per over till the 10.4 overs, which ended Senchi Fire Batters at 32 runs.
Pupuni Pacesetters thus won the game by 24 runs and lift themselves from the bottom to 4th with 2 points and -1.2 NRR, while Senchi Fire Batters drop to 5th with no point and -0.6
Mangoase Hydro has been pushed to bottom with no point and -1.4 NRR, after losing heavily to leaders Abuakwa Super Kings in the earlier game played.
The Super kings were Super in the first innings, scoring 121 runs for 10 wickets in 19.5 overs after they won toss. It has been their highest score in 3 matches, as they scored 93 runs and 105 runs respectively in the first two matches they won.
Super Kings had a bad first 15 overs, with 8 wickets down and 90 runs on the scoresheet. However, a great partnership between captain Prince Addae and Harry Otibo produced 58 runs.
Joseph Adeti (4-0-17-3) and Bruce Tordzro (4-0-21-3) gave a good account of themselves in the innings that lasted for 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Abuakwa Super Kings limited Mangoase Hydro in the second innings, destabilizing their power and giving them just 38 runs, all out in 8.5 overs.
The Super Kings, who won the game by 83 runs have extended the lead on the table with 6 points and +1.8 NRR, while Mangoase Hydro languish at the bottom with no point.
Super Kings are followed closely by Tortibo Twinkle Stars and Senchi Royals with 4 points apiece, having played only 2 matches.
The league is getting interesting with interesting parings coming up at the Akwamuman SHS Park.