By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Old Edwardians Cricket Club suffered a three-straight defeat in the ongoing Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) T20 national league by the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) cricket team at the Prince of Wales school ground.
Having lost three straight matches in a row, the Old Edwardians won the toss in Saturday’s match and elected to bat first; they were bowled out for 66 runs in 15.5 overs.
Captain Emmanuel Kamara was top scorer for the Edwardians with 19 runs from 23 balls, followed by Ibrahim Kamara with 8 runs from 13 balls and Abu Dumbuya with 8 runs from 9 balls. Momodu Gbla, Musa Ganda and Aruna Kamara were all bowled out for dock, while Tennyson Jenkins scored 7 runs from 8 balls which saw the total scores of 66 including 18 extras bowled by the RSLAF.
Ibrahim Sinneh Kamara bowled two overs, conceded five runs and took a wicket with a bowling economy rate of 2.5. Sulaiman Tarawally bowled 2.5 overs, conceded 11 runs and took two wickets with a bowling economy rate of 4.4
RSLAF replied with 72 runs in 10.5 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.
Aruna Kainessie scored 14 runs from 15 balls, Julius Brewah scored 13 from 14 balls, Alhaji Mansaray scored 9 from 12 balls, Ibrahim Sinneh Kamara scored 6 from 4 balls not out, and Sahr Gbla and Colonel R.S. Conteh both scored 01 run apiece taking the total score of the RSLAF to 72 including 21 extras bowled by Old Edwardians, giving RSLAF the victory with four wickets with 9.1 overs to go.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Police defeated Mid West Cricket Club in their opening match at the Prince of Wales Secondary School ground by a lone wicket. Police won the toss and elected to bowl first, limiting a 10-man Mid West team to 89 runs for the loss of 9 wickets with 2.3 overs to spear.
Abbas Gbla scored 23 runs from 15 balls with a strike rate of 153.33; Ishmael Komba scored 10 from 17 balls with a strike rate of 58.82. Edmond Kpaka and Miniru Kpaka each scored 08 runs apiece, Bami Williams and Yegbeh Jalloh scored 05 runs apiece, Ronald James 06 runs, Mohamed Kainessie 01 run, and Henry Olu Compagnie Coker and Alvin Williams were caught for dock (00) .
The Police bowled 23 extras taking Mid West’s total score to (89).
In reply, Police were pushed to the end despite Mid West were without their inspirational captain and opening bowler and batsman, Lansana Lamin and Samuel-Coker. Balowa Mansaray was the Police top scorer with 25 from 31 balls, followed by Gabriel Anthony with a score of 14 runs from 10 balls.
Mohamed Alie Bangura scored 04 runs from 06 balls, Jacob Mansaray scored 05 runs from 06 balls, Abu Bakarr Kamara and Joseph Kamanoh scored 02 runs apiece, Richard Tommy was bowled for dock (00), Ibrahim Mansaray 02 not out, Sheka James Kamara 01 run from 02 balls and Edward Marrah 01 run not out. Mid West bowled 21 extras taking the Police total score to 90 runs.