With the growing excitement in the ongoing Asuogyaman Boys U-19 Cricket league at the Akwamuman SHS Park, Senchi Royals who shared the spoils with rivals Senchi Fire Batters on week 5, went on to settle for another draw against Mangoase Hydro on week 6, on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
There were magical moments in the game but that of the last ball, when the Royals needed a run to win the game, blew the mind of all surrounded at the venue.
Senchi Royals won toss and elected to field first. The powers of Hydro energized them, as they began to hit some boundaries with some few blocks and produced 117 runs for 8 wickets. The Royals who came with crowns and apparels, exhibited a befitting class and were 117 for 9 wickets in 17.3 overs.
A powerful ball however from the grips of Prosper Tetteh got the last man, Isaac Baah bowled out to settle the game 1 point a piece.
The Royals, with more balls to have won the game, could not stand the exceptional bowling Prowers from Mangoase Hydro.
While Senchi Royals jump to 3rd on the table with 4 points, having recorded a win and two draws, Mangoase Hydro leapfrogged Senchi Fire Batters to 4th with 3 points and an NRR advantage.
Abuakwa Super Kings remain top with 8 points although defending Champions Tortibo Twinkle Stars beat bottom side Pupuni Pacesetters in a rather quick second game.
Tortibo are second with 6 points, while neighbors Pupuni are winless in 4 matches.
Pupuni Pacesetters are yet to locate their pace in this year’s league as they were all out for just 20 runs in 8 overs in the first innings. It looked as if the local derby would have produced an entertaining game but Tortibo, having lost to Super Kings, needed all their arsenals on their neighbors and scored 22 runs for 1 wicket in just 4.2 overs, winning the game by 9 wickets.
Week 7 ties will have a final local derby, between Mangoase Hydro and Abuakwa Super Kings for the first game, after which Senchi Royals will welcome second place Tortibo Twinkle Stars. All matches will be played at the Akwamuman SHS park on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
The league is actually producing great performances that gives the Ghana Cricket Association a great future.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey