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.

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