Sunday, 28 November 2010

A tight squeeze

Fegocowosa squeezed past Ibeju-Lekki CC (previously Ibeju-Lekki II) at TBS yesterday, but it was a lot tighter than the fans of the men in green would have liked.

Ibeju's ploy of sending out a small Indian boy for the toss worked for them and they chose to bat first. They made a steady start, but were let off by the Warri fielders, as two straightforward chances went down early on. Despite that, they never really got any momentum going as Kehinde "Kento" Olabinwonu, on his FGCW debut, turned the screw with a spell of 10 overs for 23 runs, while James "Spartacus" Imhanlahimi picked up a couple of wickets at the other end. Femi Oguntoke continued the spin torture once Kento was done, adding another couple of wickets, and when Femi Oduyebo returned to shoot out three in quick succession, the innings was almost done. The last pair clung on to add another 25 crucial runs, before James claimed his third scalp with the score on 148.

Seun Garuba came steaming in for the yellow-clad Ibeju boys, and laid waste to our top order. After a spell of 9 straight overs, he had knocked over numbers 1-4, and forced skipper Roland Ilube to retire hurt. At 43-4, and with doubts as to Roland's ability to return to the crease, those extra 25 runs scored at the end in the Ibeju innings looked to have assumed match-winning proportions. Oduyebo and Aziz Salako came together to begin the fightback, and when Kento took up the torch after Oduyebo fell for 22 it seemed that the alarms were over. There were more twists in this tale though, as first Aziz was run out with 30 still to get, and Kento then picked out the deep fielder 20 runs away from victory. It was left to the old soldier, Andrew A-Roy Ororho, to see us home by three wickets with 8 overs in hand.

All in all a closer game than it should have been, but neverthless we go into the game against the defending champions in 3 weeks time with 2 victories under our belt.

By popular demand - scorecard from GCI game

FGCW Innings:

1 Mgbanwa c Animashaun b Onwuzilike C 13
2 Alikali c Adegbola K b Onwuzilike C 5
3 Okwudili c Olayinka b Adegbola K 21
4 Ogbimi b Adegbola K 18
5 Ilube c Ewete b Adegbola Y 19
6 Oduyebo c Adegbola Y b Iteogu 60
7 Salako c Onwuzilike C b Adegbola Y 20
8 Omozejele not out 12
9 Ikenwanso lbw b Animashaun 0
10 Oguntoke not out 38
Extras 42
Total (50 overs, 8 wickets) 248


Iteogu 8-0-40-1
Onwuzilike C 9-1-42-2
Adegbola K 10-0-53-2
Animashaun 5-0-28-1
Adegbola Y 9-0-30-2
Atoloye 9-0-46-0

GCI innings

1 Adeniran c Okwudili b Omozejele 32
2 Olayinka b Ikenwanso 6
3 Gill c Okwudili b Abioye 9
4 Adegbola K c Alikali b Oguntoke 64
5 Adegbola Y b Abioye 37
6 Onwuzilike O c Salako b Oguntoke 12
7 Onwuzilike C c Salako b Omozejele 12
8 Atoloye c Okwudili b Oduyebo 5
9 Ewete not out 3
10 Animashaun run out 0
11 Iteogu b Oduyebo 1
Extras 34
Total (44.3 overs, 10 wickets) 220


Abioye 10-0-35-2
Ikenwanso 4-0-25-1
Oduyebo 8.3-0-34-2
Omozejele 9-0-45-2
Oguntoke 10-0-50-2
Ogbimi 3-0-24-0

Saturday, 13 November 2010

All blades are sharp

Fegocowosa Cricket Club kicked off the CCC Lagos League season in fine style today, with a 28-run over reigning Super-4 champions Government College Ibadan Old Boys CC at the TBS Oval.

Skipper Roland Ilube won the toss (yet again) and had no hesitation in batting first. Four of the top five batsmen got to double-figures, but none of them got to 25. It took another coruscating innings from Femi Oduyebo, who is in some rare form at the moment, to take us to 200, and then an innovative unbeaten 35 from new boy, Femi Oguntoke, to get us to a truly imposing 248-8 off 50 overs.

Abiodun Abioye bowled a probing opening spell, but Newton Ikenwanso's rustiness showed at the other end, even though he picked up the opening wicket. Two more fell, but that brought the Adegbola brothers together, and they looked as if they had turned the match with an 80-run partnership. Abioye returned to castle older brother Yemi, and this was the opening that the Warri boys needed. Oguntoke, wheeling away from the Pavilion end, took out one Onwuzilike, while Frank induced an edge from the other, Now it was all down to Kunle Adegbola, but finally he gave one chance too many and the end was in sight for the Ibadan boys. Oduyebo returned to clean up the tail and cap a magnificent all round performance.

We have spent the last month sharpening our blades, and today we showed that all blades are sharp.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Once again its on

Fegocowosa Cricket Club started pre-season preparations in earnest today with a friendly at TBS against the National Club champions - Ibeju-Lekki cricket club. This was an opportunity for skipper Roland Ilube to try out his new squad, bolstered by the addition of our new recruits, Aziz Salako and Taiwo Bakare, but weakened by the defection of Friday Udoh and and the emigration of Femi Olayiwole.

As is now customary, Roland won the toss and invited his opponents to bat first. A solid opening partnership was broken by Femi Oduyebo who quickly followed with the very satisfying wicket of Friday Udoh, now donning the blue of Ibeju-Lekki. James Imhanlahimi put in a big effort to pick up two wickets while Sean Phillips compiled another half-century at our expense. The batting powerplay backfired on the Ibeju boys, as 5 wickets fell to Oduyebo (who finished with 4-17) and Frank Omozejele (3-37), leaving the peninsula team just short of the 200 mark at the end of their 40 overs.

The youthful opening partnership of Austin Alikali and Omozejele started solidly enough, but an injury sustained by Frank broke the tempo of the chase, and after the swift departure of our guest player, Dolapo Gafar and our new keeper/bat Salako, it was left to Ilube and Oduyebo to rebuild the innings. The skipper fell after the water break for 18 and when Oduyebo holed out off the spinner for 26, the game was effectively up, although Chiedozie Okolo and Bakare, ensured that we prolonged our innings until the penultimate over before we were all out for 114.

All in all quite a few positives to take out the game, but more work required before the league gets underway.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


The club AGM was held on Saturday 24th of July in Banana Island, Lagos. Officers for next season were elected. The results are shown below:

Hammed Sanni (Club Captain)

Roland Ilube (Team Captain)

Andrew Aroy-Ororho (Team Vice-Captain)

Cyril Djebah (Team Manager)

Chidozie Okolo (Assistant Team Manager)

Ike Okonkwo (Treasurer)

Soji Titilola (Assistant Treasurer)

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Season draws to a close with a whimper

The 2009/10 season is drawing to a close and it has been a disappointing end for the men in green. After being knocked out of the EDL cup by Government College Ibadan Old Boys a few weeks back, yesterday was our last chance to compete for a major trophy as we faced Lagos Asians CC in the GTA 20/20 cup.

Lagos Asians have been a rejuvenated side this season. They bounced straight back from relegation the previous year to comprehensively clinch the 2nd division title, and they were keen to show that they will be a force in the top flight next time around. They won the toss and elected to bat first, and despite the loss of three early wickets they kept coming at us with an array of powerful hitters. Skipper Roland Ilube juggled his bowlers in an attempt to stem the flow of runs, but it was only a late spell of 4-11 from Friday Udoh that enabled us to keep them below 150.

146 was a challenging, but not impossible task on a Unilag ground which can be very difficult to defend. However, our openers were stifled by some canny early bowling from the Asians which put the incoming batsmen under a lot of pressure. No one was able to get going and we crumbled to 78 all out. By the looks of things, LACC are a better outfit than their predecessors in division 1, and so the competition promises to be even stiffer next year. We will have to rise to the challenge.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Too big too strong

Fegocowosa CC ran into a very professional Ibeju Lekki outfit in their Super 4 clash at TBS today. Skipper Roland Ilube won the toss (if coin tossing was a competition, we would have been crowned champions a long time ago) and decided to go back to plan A and bat first. When the first three batsmen had returned to the pavilion with a combined total of zero runs between them, this didn't seem like such a good decision.

The Warri boys never really recovered from this disastrous start as the powerful Ibeju bowling attack continued to apply pressure throughout the innings. Roland got to 21 before he was castled and it was only thanks to a breezy 23 from Frank Omozejele that we were able to get past the 100 mark.

A target of 108 was never going to test Ibeju unless we got early wickets and a 40-run opening partnership basically sealed the outcome. Femi Olayiwole picked up both openers in a good 10-over spell and Emmanuel Olowookere beat Endurance Ofem in the flight but in the end the Lekki men ran out comfortable winners.

They are a good and well-drilled side, but unfortunately are beginning to pick up some of the more unsavoury aspects of South African cricket from their coach. I hope their management clamps down on this before something really unpleasant happens.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Wey dem?

After a run of 4 league defeats, the pressure was on in our EDL knockout cup match against Foundation CC at Unilag sports ground on Sunday. Our opponents also felt they had a point to prove, having just been relegated to division II.

Skipper Roland Ilube won his 9th toss in a row, and surprised everyone by inviting FCC to bat first. The early exchanges were even, with the red & gold clad batsmen of FCC scoring freely, but losing wickets along the way. However when their two gun players came together, the tide turned against us, although we did not help ourselves in the bowling and fielding department. Both Gafar and Olayinka chalked half-centuries as they put together a 130-run partnership that seemed to be taking the game out of our grasp. We rallied well in the last 10 overs to keep them to a testing, but gettable score of 229-8, when at one point it looked like 250 plus was on the cards.

Although 2 early wickets went down when our reply commenced, Friday Udoh was in determined mood, anxious to show that his run of ducks was a blip rather than a trough. He was joined by Obo Omoigui, still one of the cleanest strikers of a cricket ball on the Lagos circuit. The second century partnership of the match ensued, and even after Obo fell for 63, the force was now firmly with us. Femi Oduyebo kept the momentum going as Friday reached his 50, and then really began to motor, finally completing a magnificent hundred. Both of them perished with the finishing in line in sight,but the damage had been done, and victory was clinched with 10 balls to spare.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Buried under the Rocks

Fegocowosa CC's bad run of form in 2010 continued as they crashed to a 6 wicket defeat at the hands of the Ogun Rocks Club at TBS yesterday.

The Warri batsmen were never able to settle against some disciplined bowling from the boys from the Gateway City and limped to a paltry 86 all out. Only skipper Roland Ilube, who made a painstaking 31, and Michael Agbiboa, who hit a six and a four coming in at number 11, were able to break into double figures.

With such a small total to defend it was going to take a minor miracle to push our opponents close in the second innings, and although Michael and Frank Omozejele bowled tidy spells with the new ball, it wasn't until Friday Udoh came on that we were able to pick up our first wicket. Friday then found Yemi Adegbola's edge immediately after lunch but a simple chance went down and with it our last hope of salvaging anything from the game. The Rocks captain took this reprieve as a sign to launch the assault and although he finally perished with just 1 run required for victory - one of two wickets for James Imhanlahimi in his first spell of the season - the damage had been done.

This result means that we will probably need to beat GCI Old Boys in our final league game of the season to stay in the top flight. A lot of work is needed in the next two weeks to prepare for that encounter.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Bad start to the new year

The Xmas break does not seem to have been favourable to the Fegocowosa Team, as they have slumped to heavy defeats in both the matches they played in January.

First of all was an 8-wicket drubbing at the hands of Foundation CC, the only high spot being a return to form with the bat of Femi Oduyebo (43). This was followed today by a 7-wicket loss to Ibeju-Lekki CC, a result which confirms the Lekki boys as champions for 2009/10.

Federal won the toss for the 6th time in a row and as usual elected to bat. Although Friday Udoh went early, Roland Ilube (26) and Austin Alikali (32) put together a 70-run partnership which provided a base for us to launch an assault on the much-vaunted Ibeju bowling line-up. However, only Uthe Ogbimi (28), crossed double figures thereafter and a total of 131-8 in 35 overs was at least 20 runs short of what we had hoped for.

As in the last fixture against these opponents, our bowlers got amongst them early. Friday, Abiodun Abioye and Femi Olayiwole (en route to the airport - what dedication) all chipped in to leave our yellow-clad opponents tottering at 37-3. Shaun Phillips is however, too good a player to go through a season without making a telling contribution, and unfortunately for us he chose today to do just that, striking an authoritative 63* to see his side home without any real alarms.

2 games to go and the fight for division 1 for survival is still very much on. The struggle continues.