Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC) Grey and Indian Sports Club (ISC) will this afternoon battle for the last quarterfinal slot of Oriental Cricket Club (OCC) 20-Overs Tournament at the OCC.
MSC Purple, MSC White, MSC Gold Fattani and OCC have already qualified for the last-eight stage from group A while MSC Silver, MSC Blue and MSC Orange have made it from group B following the preliminary round encounters last weekend.
At present, Grey and ISC are on four and five positions, respectively, in the five-team group B with two points apiece and the winner on Sunday will automatically sail through to the knock out stage.
“This is our only chance to make it into the quarterfinals and we are more than ready to oust ISC,” said Grey’s captain Illyas Bhiku.
His ISC counterpart Chirag Patel said they cannot afford to miss an opportunity of making their first ever step into the OCC tournament’s last eight stage.
The game between Grey and ISC at the OCC will precede an encounter between Purple and Gold Fattani, who will face off battle for formality’s sake. At ISC, Orange will take on Brown whereas White will take on Green.
Last Sunday, White managed to beat Gold Fattani by 12 runs after making 139 runs. Umer Khan and Angat Singh contributed 36 and 37 runs, respectively, to White’s victory as Saddam Kowariwala claimed three wickets.
In another encounter, Purple confined OCC to an astonishing defeat. They made 83 runs to trounce the OCC in just 10.3 overs. Sarfaraz Biju made 20 runs for Purple to emerge as man of the match.
At the ISC, group-A leaders MSC Silver maintained unbeaten run by beating Brown. They made 159 runs against Brown’s 81 runs all-out. Aasif Rustam engineered Silver’s victory by making an individual contribution of 38 runs.
“The preliminary stage seemed easy for most teams as they managed to qualify for the quarterfinals with games to play. But now, we are getting into the most difficult stage,” said the competition’s organizing secretary Saeed Limdawala. n