Harvey shines on as his Tigers reach semis at “Cricket Wars”

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 16, 2013

Ian Harvey again showed his class scoring a decisive 24 runs off just 12 balls to give his Tee Vee Tigers victory over a fighting DTB Titans in Saturday’s opening match at the “Cricket Wars” festival.

Following Friday’s victory over the Tribe warriors of ex-Kenya captain Maurice Odumbe, Tee Vee Tigers became the first team to reach Sunday’s semi- finals of the eight franchise team-tournament at Nairobi Gymkhana. Hafiz Manji scored 23 runs off 16 balls for DTB but it was only David Obuya (12) and Salil Ankola (11) who gave meaningful support as the Titans reached an otherwise handy 74 for six.

However Harvey’s swashbuckling hits of two sixes and two boundaries put Tigers in a good position before he was bowled by Paul Anjere. Ankola (14) and Amit Shukla(13 not out) gave useful support. Harvey was one of Day One $500 (Ksh.42,000)winner for the man-of-the-match award.

The former Aussie all-rounder, named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2004, scored 37 runs and took one wicket in Tigers’ victory over Tribe Warriors.

The other stars taking apart in the are ex-New Zealand captain Chris Cairns who starred in the Kiwis’ ICC Trophy win of 2000 at the same Gymkhana ground, Damien Martyn and Andrew Symonds of Australia.

In the second match of the morning,  the formidable Nakumatt Jumbos looked on the way to the semis after batting first and scoring the tournament highest so far of 81 runs. Mayfair Mavericks, losers on Day One to Top Fry Simbas needed to put up an upset performance to better the Jumbos score.

The second of the “Cricket Wars” an excellent outing for a relaxed crowd enjoying the cricket, great sun, food and entertainment from Indian “Bollywood” musicians and local artistes had everyone terming it a comeback to cricket as a genuine spectator sport in Kenya after hiatus close to 10 years.

Sunday’s semi-finals at 9am and 11am and the Final at 2.00pm are expected to attract a record crowd.

Organisers announced that as a gesture to encourage age group cricket in Kenya, Under-18 year-olds will have free entry to the “Park” area of the stadium on Sunday.