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.

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