Friday, 25 September 2009

Must do better

Fegocowosa CC crashed to a 78 run defeat in their pre-season friendly against Foundation Cricket Club over the long weekend. Skipper Roland Ilube invited the opposition to bat first in a 40 over encounter, and Femi Oduyebo got an early breakthrough in the 3rd over. After that however, a steady partnership between Sukanmi and Sunday frustrated the Warri boys, and it was not until the introduction of spin in the guise of Obo Omoigui in the 16th over that the partnership was broken, with the score well past 60. The spin duo of Obo and Emmanuel kept things tight through the middle overs, and Oduyebo and Abioye bowled well in the batting pwerplay, but Sukanmi (57) kept his head throughout the innings and guided FCC to a respectable total of 170-9 at the break.

In reply the Federal innings never got going. Alikali was first to go, caught at slip of FCC skipper Oris Oruye, Obo flashed at a short one from the speedster Benjamin Anyia, and Okunade was beaten by an offcutter from Sarunmi to leave us tottering at 33-3. The middle order followed in similarly meek fashion and it was left to Emmanuel (13*) and Sesan (11), to show their more esteemed team-mates how it should be done at the end. The innings closed at 92 and we were as well slaughtered as rams at Sallah. Lots of work in the nets must be done if we are to compete this season.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Level pass Level

Fegocowosa got a taste of what life is like at the division 1 level today, in their GTA 20/20 encounter with Rocks Cricket Club at the TBS Oval.

Rain reduced the match to 15 overs a-side, and the Federal boys overcame a shaky start to post a respectable score of 98-7, thanks to 41 from Femi Oduyebo and 23 from Roland Ilube. The Rocks boys came out all guns blazing though, and the Adegbola brothers, Niyi and Yemi, seized control with some aggressive running and enterprising strokeplay. Rocks ran out winners with 8 wickets and 11 balls to spare.

So if we didn't know before that this season is going to be a whole lot tougher, then we do now. Level pass level.