Eshani Purple and Brown McCoy made perfect recovery from their poor starts in the First Capital Bank Cricket League on Sunday following their 91-run and 33-run victories over Yellow Su-Kam and Red Turbotech, respectively.
At Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC) in Blantyre Purple batted first to make 158 runs for six in 20-overs with Saddam Patel making an individual contribution of 64 runs. In reply, Yellow made only 67 runs all-out in 17-overs.
As for Brown, they made 124 runs for 10 to outsmart Turbotech, who made a total of 91 runs. Muhammad Master was instrumental in Brown’s victory as he made 28 runs and claimed four wickets. Sarfaz Vadia, Hashim Panbhayyah and Ubada Jeebhai also had a hand in Brown’s success after taking three wickets apiece.
Prior to Sunday’s encounters, Purple suffered a 21-run defeat by defending champions Kukoma Orange in their opener while Brown had a four-run loss to White Lido Electricals.
“It is good that have we managed to make a quick recovery. This has helped to keep our title hopes are still alive,” Patel said.
However, the weekend was quite agonising for Oriental Cricket Club (OCC) Lankans, who suffered a second successive defeat after going down by five wickets to Orange at Indian Sports Club (ISC). Lankans batted first to make 83 runs in the entire 20-overs while Orange made 86 runs in just 10-overs.
In other matches, Siku Blue beat Royal Motors Grey by 11 runs after making 121 runs while Lido Electricals triumphed over Pharmanova win by seven wickets with 34 balls remaining.
The competition’s organisng committee chairperson Shiraz Zaveri yesterday said they are happy with the progress of the 16-team competition so far as all teams have improved their performance as compared to last season. n