It was arguably one of the clashes expected to have intriguing moments in the Ghana Cricket Association’s New Year Invitational T20 league and Supreme Cricket Club made good use of their name over BGC in the early hours of Sunday, February 5, 2023.
The week 16 encounter saw Supreme take over the crease first with James Kwaku Vifah 2(7) and Samson Awe Awiah 63(52) after BGC won toss and opted to field at the Achimota Cricket Oval C.
After the early exit of Vifah, Samson, a SWAG Cricket player of the year 2022 stood strong and partnered Eyram kekeli Afutu 0(1), Obed Harvey 20(26), Nii Ayittey Bruce Okine 5(6), Yemu Amusa 8(6), Charles Des Border 3(6) and Aziz Sualley 7(11), spending 89 minutes before he was caught by Richmond Balaari from Sanjay Dangi’s delivery in the 18.3 over saw.
The greens finished the 20 overs and with 36 extras, scored 154/8.
The bowling figure of Kapil Jangir cannot be overlooked (4-0-26-3), seeing off Obed Harvey, Nii Bruce Okine and Amusa respectively.
BGC started poorly with their opening batters, Abhisek Pandey 0(6) and Vicky Bhagat 2(12). Devender Singh Malik took the game to another level with his total of 72 runs off 51 balls but was not enough to salvage a win for his team, as BGC managed 132 runs, all out in 19.2 overs.
Supreme won by 22 runs and kept a consistent winning streak after defeating Karizma in week 14 by 4 wickets and are now leapfrog BGC on the 2nd spot of Group A with 8 points, with BGC 3rd with 6 points, 2 away from leaders Defenders, also with 8 points and a better Net Run Rate.
Thomas Bakiweyem was adjudged player of the match with his bowling figures standing at 4-1-22-4.
Another team that leapfrogged on Sunday are the ever entertaining and enthusiastic young lads, the U-19 Team. Their 70 runs win over Punjab IPMC in the afternoon saw them climb to 3rd on Group B with 6 points, 2 away from Carel Super Kings and Don Bruce, while Punjab fell to 4th, also with 6 points.
After winning toss and electing to bat first, the U-19 team cruised to 153/5 score in the first innings; a score that Punjab couldn’t climb, as they were limited to 83 runs, all out in 15 overs.
Punjab took their own jabs this time, as they couldn’t replicate their week 15 victory over Champions United.
The U-19 team, led by Paul Ayoleyine won by 70 runs, as Elisha Frimpong was adjudged the player of the match. Elisha scored 34(46) and took 4-0-23-3. Danzibel Livingstone Darko also took 2-0-4-3.
After 4 matches and 1 loss, the young lads hope to push for the first two for qualification to the semis.
More exciting fixtures come your way on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Achimota Cricket Oval.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey