Florida U/15s fight for pride

Buddy Paraq

It was a message of peace through anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-xenophobia as the Florida Cricket Club’s third team competed in the U/15 Abu Asvat Twenty20 Tournament. Teams from around Johannesburg showcased their top skills during the four-day competition.

Buddy Paraq

Florida played against their Dobsonville counterparts in the first-round match on Day 1. The game was a nail-biter as it took a super over to separate the two sides. Florida smacked 12 runs in one over while Dobsonville hit 14 runs to win the match with a ball to spare. In the second round on Day 2, Florida players competed against their local rivals Delfos Central. Florida’s captain Ahmad Patel won the toss and chose to bowl first as per discussions about strategy with the team and coaches. This was to utilise their attack bowlers Jacob Joseph and Dean Abbott up front. This decision proved vital as the duo took seven wickets between them for just 13 runs. Florida’s bowling restricted Central even further as they were soon bowled out for a measly 55 runs in 16,3 overs after a sublime performance by Florida on the field. Abbott was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four wickets for four runs in four overs.

Next best was Joseph who claimed four wickets at a cost of 15 runs. James Enslin and Henro Bouwer chipped in with a wicket each. In reply Ahmad opened the batting with Buddy Paraq to chase down the total. While the duo was stable on the crease, the Central team was doing more harm to themselves. With such a low total to defend, they conceded 27 wides and one no-ball, while Patel’s innings of 23 runs off 36 balls and Paraq’s four runs off 27 balls steadied Florida’s innings to the finish line to win the match.

However, their efforts were not enough to see them move on to the next round of the competition, which was eventually won by the Dobsonville Cricket team.

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