Saturday, August 05, 2006

CCA Open Season With 6-A-Side

It is all systems go this weekend at the Coast as their season gets underway with a six-a-side tournament to be held at Nairobi Gymkhana tomorrow (Sunday 6th). The league proper is expected to start next weekend after a second Captain's meeting in the coming week. I'm not sure which teams will be taking part tomorrow, but at a guess, there will be: Coast Gymkhana, MSC, Mombasa Jaffery, Coast Institute, SCLYL (msa), Siri Guru Singh Saba and Burhani SC.
Favourites would be hosts Gymkhana with MSC the most likely to face them in the final. One would expect the same two teams to feature strongly in the league once it starts. Jaffery are the other team that have a strong cricketing history, but may not be as good as they once were. It would be great if the CCA is able to follow NPCA's lead and expand on the overall number of teams taking part in the league this year.
Gymkhana and MSC are also reported to be looking at the possibility of a longer game or two. This is a fantastic idea and should be embraced by all connected. Maybe some of the Nairobi teams could look at organising the same during the days they have byes. Even if the games are only played as friendlies to start with, they would really help lift the quality of cricket.
Meanwhile, for those of you who missed Shaneabbas' comment, the final of the Interschool Cricket Tournament was played last week in Mombasa between Mombasa Jaffery and Oshwal Acadamy. No news yet on the winner, but I am digging...
The event has been organised annually since 1994 by Jafferys. Anyone who knows any more, get in touch!

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