Rothmans Lion & Jambia Cricket Club Tastes First Victory [Archives:1998/15/Sports]
Yemen Cricket Association (YCA) started the 1998 Yemen Cricket Tournament on 27 March and the first match was scheduled between Lion & Jambia Cricket Club (LJCC) vs Indian Apex Cricket Club (IAC).
LJCC playing this year in new striped blue Rothmans shirts were confident from the very start of the match. LJCC won the toss and decided to bat first with change in the opening pair with Dominic & Nafees. Both batsmen scored quickly taking the score to 34 when Nafees was bowled by Prakesh. Dominic joined by Moben could only hold the fort until 51 when both were bowled in consecutive overs. LJCC captain Caspar & Ajay then gave their team a foundation partnership of 72 runs to take team at a comfortable score by drinks break.
Caspar then continued thrashing each bowler to make his individual score to 76 runs, which included 9 fours and 2 sixes. The team put a mammoth total of 204 runs in 25 overs and set a target for IACC for 8.2 runs per over.
APCC opening batsman found difficulty in playing a superb attack from Sudhesh & Moben and at the end of 5 overs the team was at 27 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. On loss of the second wicket at 44 runs, the team was taken back on track by Mathur & Kudarath and later joined by Shahid, who kept the hopes of the team alive till his departure with 45 runs to his account. LJCC then started trying out their new bowling strength allowing APCC to score a total of 171 all out. Ajay was the most successful bowler with averages of 5 overs, 41 runs and 4 wickets.
Caspar for his overall performance was awarded the Man of the Match title with 76 runs scored, 1 wicket and a well-judged catch to his account.
LJCC will play their next match against Arabian Cricket Club (ACC) on 24 April.
Rothmans – Official Sponsor of LJCC 1998
Reported by Ajay Tandon