Sunday, 16 January 2011

Mixed fortunes in the new year

Just before Christmas Fegocowosa CC suffered their first loss in the 2010/11 League season, as they went down by 6 wickets to the defending champions Ibeju-Lekki CC, now rechristened as BRF CC. A pulsating partnership between Emmanuel Okwudili (66) and Aziz Salako (33) had put us on course for a big total batting first, but the innings fell away and in the end we only got to 198 all out. Ademola Onikoyi of BRF set out making short work of the total, but Frank Omozejele (3-38) brought us back into the game with an excellent spell. However an unbroken partnership of 92 between Varun Behani and Jide Bejide ensured that in the end we were comfortably beaten.

We started the new year with a bang as we racked up 264-9 against Lagos Asians in our first match after the holiday break. Femi Oduyebo (57) and Frank Omozejele (48) led the way but there were solid contributions all the way through the order. The Asians were never really in the hunt once Kehinde Olabiwonu (3-26) came into the attack and Newton Ikenwanso (4-9) polished off the tail as they finished on 147 all out.

We had our worst game of the season so far in the return fixture against GCI Old Boys. Their disciplined bowling and fielding performance strangled our batsmen with only Uthe Ogbimi (28) and Kehinde Olabiwonu (25) making meaningful contributions as we limped to 142-9 off our 50 overs. Ramit Gill (57) then took advantage of some poor new ball bowling by our medium pacers and they cruised past our total for the loss of just 3 wickets.

We remain second in the table with 3 matches to play.