ODUCH AND MIYAGI SINK TAME KUTCHI TIGERS AT LUGOGO OVAL
NILE CC 189/9 IN 50 OVERS (Abraham Oduch 57 (109), Abu Seguya 39(57), Raghvani Shantilal 3/40 in 10 overs, Nehal Bibodi 3/38 in 9 overs) BEAT KUTCHI TIGERS 142/10 IN 39.5 OVERS (Nanji Pindoria 28(8), Ankit Patel 17(28), Mehul Makwana 2/25 in 9.5 overs, Samuel Mwanja 2/26 in 5 overs) BY 47 RUNS
Abraham Oduch’s patient Half century sets up Nile C.C innings
Juma Miyagi with the wicket of Nandikoshore Patel and the run out of Nehal Bibodi in the field changed the game
Nile C.C won the toss and elected to bat
Nile C.C pulled off a second win in the Jazz Safari National Men’s League as they defended 189 runs at the Lugogo Oval on the back of a Juma Miyagi outstanding performance in the field. The under 17 youngster turned the game on it’s heels when he run out a well set Nehal Bibodi with a direct hit from mid-off to peg back a run chase that looked destined for a win.
Nile C.C lost openers Martin Ondeko and Ruwan Jayaratne early to the brilliant swing bowling of Raghvani Shantilal who was moving the ball both ways off of a good length.
Abraham Oduch 57(109) then stepped onto the wicket in the third over of the innings and batted with all the patience of a man playing in a timeless test; he lasted 42 overs of the match and his 75 run tghird wicket stand with the inform Abu Seguya 39(57) stabilized the Nile innings setting a platform for a good finish.
Mehul Makwana 10(47) then joined Abraham and 34 for the fourth wicket kept the scoreboard ticking before Arya Parick 13(13) closed the nile innings with a maximum.
The Kutchi Tigers innings got off to a shaky start as wickets fell regularly with batsmen getting starts but failing to build any meaningful partnerships. Samuel Mwanja picked the all-important wickets of danger men Nanji Pindoria 28(06) who scored only boundaries in his short stay at the crease, four sixes and a solitary four as well as Shantilal Raghvani 16(24).
Under 17 player Juma Miyagi getting his debut for Nile C.C bowled the Nandikishore Patel 12(30) in the 15th over leaving Kutchi Tigers four down with 106 to get.
Ivan Baidhu (Ankesh Vekaria), Mehul Makwana (Ankit Patel), and Ivan Kakande (Kara Meghji) squeezed the tigers innings further creating scoreboard pressure.
Nehal Bibodi 10(59) was very stoic in his grind, he pushed through his innings with the purpose of occupying the crease to the end, but lost too many partners, the key wicket being Hitesh Halai 17(42) who was run out by Miyagi Juma, an already good match for Miyagi quickly turned to outstanding as I direct hit from mi off got the wicket of the dangerous looking Nehal to begin a collapse that saw Kuitchi Tigers all out 47 runs short of their target.