The excitement of the Inter-Club Cricket League (ICL) has started to rise with three individual half-centuries being recorded from five games played in Blantyre on Sunday.
This was the third week of the league and the fixtures in the previous two weeks were fulfilled without more than an individual scoring at least 50 runs.
But on Sunday, Juned Jeebhai, Irfan Hasbhai and Minhaz Aamodi achieved the feat as they helped their respective teams—Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC) Brown, MSC Green and MSC Silver 1—earn victories.
Jeebhai made an individual contribution of 54 runs when Brown beat MSC Red by four wickets with 12 balls to spare at Oriental Cricket Club (OCC). Red batted first to make a total of 137 runs for seven while Brown had 139 for six.
As for Hasbhai, his 53 runs were instrumental in helping Green beat OCC by 13 runs after making a total of 151 runs against 138.
Aamodi made 50 runs as Silver 1 triumphed by 22 runs over their hosts Indian Sports Club (ISC). Silver 1 made 146 runs for seven while ISC had 124 for 10.
“We are happy that the cricketers’ scoring prowess has improved as compared to the past two weeks. It is such scoring that makes cricket more entertaining and we hope this scoring level will not decline in the next fixtures,” said the league’s chairperson Shiraz Zaveri.
In other matches, MSC Yellow beat Silver 2 by seven wickets with 38 balls remaining after making 103 runs for three in 13.4 overs against 100 runs for nine in the entire 20 overs whereas Pharmanova triumphed over MSC White 2 by four wickets with 28 balls to spare. They made 133 runs for six in 15.2 overs as White 2 stuttered on 132 for 10 in 19.4 overs.