Aces, Aga Khan in Nasser cricket final

29Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Aces, Aga Khan in Nasser cricket final

ACES African Fighters’ cricketers are closing in on silverware haulin the Division A of the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge after cruising to the final with a hard-fought eight-run win over Gymkhana A, in a pulsating last four stage’s game at the latter’s venue early this week.

Dar es Salaam Regional Committee (DRCC) has hosted the tournament in memory of the late Kazim Nasser, who was the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) event and tournament manager, apart from serving as the DRCC member.

Aces are now scheduled to take on domestic cricket powerhouse, Aga Khan SC A, in the final after the latter had beat Saint Gobain A by 41 runs in the semi-final played in the city on September 18.

Aces opted to start batting in the game against Gymkhana A and went on to register 134 runs in the allotted 40 overs. Gymkhana A, in response, chased their opponents’ score with plenty of zeal but were bowled out for 126 runs.

Aces ‘spokesman, Amitabh Ja, who also plays for the team, admitted their opponents could have emerged victorious if they had made the most of their time with the bat.

He showered praises on team mates Mohamed Ali and Ayaz Mustafa for impressive bowling displays. The dismissal of Gymkhana A’s experienced batsman Vishal Patel, Ja said, was the turning point for Aces, as they went on to frustrate Gymkhana A’s chase.

The team’s founder, Azim Thakur, was equally impressed by exploits in the last four stage’s game, saying the win came in an unexpected situation.

“Tremendous achievement and tremendous fightback saw Xafar Khan and Ayaz Mustafa have joined the team and gelled so well…we hope to have the same competitive final, “Thakur said.

Aces had progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament after topping group A with a total of 32 points from three victories. The points included bonus points the team won for excelling with both bat and bat in the games.

Group A of the division was also made up of Morogoro and Estim Eleven A. Group B also included Veecom Warriors and TCA U19.

The teams locked horns in 40-over matches, with a team batting second having the option to add five overs after having dismissed opponents under 35 overs, as per the regulations issued by DRCC.

The captain of the batting side, according to DRCC, must inform the game’s umpires, the opposing team’s skipper and the scorer before reaching the decision.

Bonus points were awarded to the teams depending on their showing in batting and bowling. On the bowling front, a team taking three wickets wins one bonus point, two points for five wickets, three points for seven wickets and four points for dismissing all of the opposing team’s batsmen.

In batting, a team gains one bonus point for scoring between 125 runs and 149 runs, two bonus points for registering between 150 runs and 174 runs, three bonus points for posting between 175 runs and 199 runs and four points for 200 runs.

In case of a tie in the final, DRCC disclosed, results shall be decided on the maximum points earned by either team including the points won in the semi-finals and the final.

The team with higher points shall be declared as winners. If the points are equal, net run rate for all matches including the final will decide the winner.

If the final is declared as no result, the committee noted, the game will be replayed.