Thursday, June 13, 2024

Afro Indies joins the fray

Gaborone cricket club Afro Indies has joined the fierce race to hold aloft the Botsogo 35 Overs trophy come the end of the season.

The bookmaker’s bet for the crown has always been perennial champions, Technology Bytes, formerly Nashua, and another exciting side, United Gymkhana.

The game of cricket is growing leaps and bounds. The coming into the fray of Indies will see the cricket family anticipate an amazing photo-finish as all the three sides have capable players who also feature for the national team.

In Taroush, Musa, Danesh, Jay and Karan, Indies are blessed with match winners who mix grit and flair to steward their team to glory.

Last weekend Indies kept their championship hopes alive by trouncing a cheeky AK Construction side by 163 runs. Such is a score line associated with championship winning sides.

It is their victory over Construction that made the cricket fraternity sit up and take notice, given the fact that Construction are not an easy side to beat.

While Construction could only manage a 70 all out, Indies ran riot by 233 runs for 6 wickets.

The batting abilities of Jay and Danesh proved a handful for Construction, who pinned their hopes on the forceful Mani. Jay was short of a century by 5 runs as he managed 95.

Danesh made an incredible 25 runs to compound to Construction’s problems.

Indies fast bowlers Taroush, Musa and Karan were dazzling. The trio was too much for their Construction counterparts- the duo of Karabo and Mani.

While another title contender, Gymkhana, had an off weekend, Technology Bytes could not allow any complacency creeping into their camp, crushing an overconfident Pioneers side by 7 wickets.

Bytes howled an outstanding 120 runs for 3 wickets. Their opponents only managed an 117 all out.

The architects of the Pioneers downfall were Amir, Tarique, and Blavesh who were the principal batsmen on the day. They effectively overshadowed their counterparts.

Amir was the most outstanding for the defending champions as he made some stunning 41 runs. Densil, for Pioneers, proved that he will remain one of the most trusted batsmen by making 48 runs. His magic was however, not enough to prevent Bytes from winning the match.


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