Gymkhana T20 cricket shield tourney starts today

11Jun 2017
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Gymkhana T20 cricket shield tourney starts today

CRICKET enthusiasts in Dar es Salaam have an opportunity to enjoy the sport as the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Alliance Shield T20 tournament starts today.

The event, held on an annual basis at the DGC oval,brings together 20 teams to play a total of 47 matches. The competition is slated to end on August 13.

"We are very pleased to have a total of 20 teams registered for the event", Vijay Jobanputra, DGC cricket section secretary, remarked.

He said that there was an increase of five teams in this year's event from the number of participating teams in the last year's competition.

"We have an additional five teams this season, which shows that the tournament is now growing up to attract more teams for stiff competition,” he said.
He said participating teams represent different communities to not only compete but also create friendship and brotherhood.

Participating teams include TCA U-19, Muslim Community, Hindu Community, Expatriate Community and the defending champions, Union Sports Club. All teams comprise several indigenous players.

DGC cricket section captain, Abhik Patwa, said the event is also aimed at remembering his father, Ramesh Patwa who passed away a few years ago.

The late Patwa was among prominent cricket sponsors and a leader at the domestic level. He had also served as treasurer for city soccer giants, Young Africans SC for several years.

"We thank everybody involved in making this event possible, the sponsors and the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) for the continued support", Patwa said during the launching event at DGC on Friday.

DGC chairperson, Fina Mango, hailed the club's cricket section and the rest of the sport's stakeholders involved in the hosting of the event for the seventh consecutive year.

"This is a great achievement for the cricket section and the club, which will, this year, be celebrating its 100 years anniversary," Mango said.

Patwa, who is also the senior national cricket team batsman, said there will be a prize for the man of the match, to be given in every match.

Other prizes, which will be presented during the climax, include the best batsman, bowler, all-rounder, upcoming player and most disciplined team honours.

Caravans have been scheduled to face Karibis in the opening game, whereas TCA U-19 lock horns with Jaime. The final fixture of the day will see Lohana confront Dik Diks.

Agree Jain Singh skipper, Harshel Shah, said he expects stiff opposition from the rest of the outfits this season as the number of teams has increased.

Shah noted that his side, which made it to the final in the previous two events, stands a chance of doing well and win the title this time around.

TCA U-19 team's skipper, Rijali Fentu, was adamant that winning has always been their first priority.