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.

1 comment:

  1. It was a nice trial game for us, and the coming season looks promising if we all can up our games and train hard like a team. Without constant training for fitness and net practice for skill, we will not make the desired winning results. So lets all be prepared as scouts for the season is nigh.