CSK Cricket Club have defeated high flying and consistent Supreme Cricket Club in their week 5 fixture of the ongoing President’s Invitational T20 League, played on Sunday, June 27 at the Achimota Oval A.
CSK who lost to Karizma in week 1, took the game to leaders, Supreme, restricting them to a score of 86-7 in the first innings, as all games for the week were reduced to 15 overs.
Due to the unfavorable condition of the pitch caused by the rains on Saturday, the match delayed, hence the collective decision to play 15 overs.
In the fall of wickets, James Kwaku Vifah, had an early exit after the first over, scoring just a run, off 5 balls. Moses Anefi spent 14 minutes and scored 15-9 while Charles Ohene and Samson Aweh fell at the 6.1 over and 7.3 overs respectively when Supreme had 51-4.
Chockalingam Selvaraj took 2-8 in 3 overs in the bowling figures.
CSK scored 87-8 in 14.3 overs, and won the game by 2 wickets as Sam Michael Merbin won his second Player of the Match accolade after scoring 27-19. He also took 1-17 in 3 overs.
In the other morning match on Oval B, Karizma, who lost to Supreme in week 2, saw off BGC in a fashionable manner, winning by 17 runs to rub shoulders with BGC, 6 points apiece.
Karizma, scored 115-4 and limited BGC to 98-8 in the second innings. Captain of Karizma Rohit Makhija, won the Man of the Match award, with an impressive bowling figures of 3-22 in 3 overs, together with a score of 8-7. Rexford Bakum came to the party, as he took 2-19 in 3 overs.
The afternoon matches saw Defenders winning their 4th game against Don Bruce to be level on points, 8, with Supreme at the summit of the table.
The match played on Oval A, saw Don Bruce score 110-7 while Defenders needed 111-5 in 14.4 overs in the second innings to win by 5 wickets.
Sanob won the Player of the Match award with 3 wickets, giving away 18 runs in 3 overs. Francis Bakiweyem scored 46-40 for Defenders, while Alex Osei’s 41-26 for Don Bruce can’t be written off the batting performances.
On Oval B, Salt n’ Pepper were 76 runs victors over Ras Bingi, who looked helpless in second innings, scoring 40-10 in 12 overs after Salt n’ Pepper had scored 116-9.
Shijo Devasia was Player of the Match, taking 5-5 in 3 overs.
Ras Bingi lost their 5th match in a row but had Rufus Ntiamoah taking 4-12 in 3 overs, and Nurudeen Ibrahim also taking 4-25 in 3 overs, in the bowling figures.
With 4 more weeks to wrap up, a better Net Run Rate requires the ultimate champions as the single round robin tournament becomes competitive.
On July 4, MMG bounces back to play Karizma on Oval A, in the morning. Defenders stands a chance to move top of the table for the first time with a win but faces a stiff competition from CSK on Oval B.
BGC then welcomes Ras Bingi on Oval A whereas Salt n’ Pepper meet up with Don Bruce on Oval B in the afternoon matches.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey