Aces cricketers clinch DRCC T20 tourney trophy

15Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Aces cricketers clinch DRCC T20 tourney trophy

ACES cricketers have laid their hands on silverware in Division A of this year's Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) T20 tournament, posting a resounding 31-run win over St. Gobain in the final, which took place in the city early this week.

Aces cricketers in a group picture after the completion of this year’s DRCC T20 tournament final in Dar es Salaam recently. Aces posted a win over St. Gobain in the final to win the silverware. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The DRCC organized competition, which began at the end of March this year, is an annual feature that gears towards raising the standard of the game in the country.

It brought together several clubs from across the city, with the sides locking horns in 20-over formatted duels that took place at the Leaders Club venue.

The final saw Aces win toss, chose to bat and score 195 runs for six wickets in 20 overs, thanks largely to impressive displays by dependable players Mohamed Ali, Ali Mpeka, Jumanne Mohamed and Bhavesh Govind.

Solid batting by dependable batsman, Ali, who ended the innings with 54 runs that included three sixes and three fours, was, in particular, instrumental in Aces' victory.

Aces were unperturbed by quick dismissal of opening batsmen, Ankit Baghel and Mohamed, with the two posting 14 runs and 16 runs respectively.

Ali, who batted at number three, made his presence at the crease felt with impressive showing, mercilessly cracking balls all over the pitch to put his team in control.

Experienced all-rounders Ali Mpeka and Bhavesh Govind were as well impressive at the crease, notching 33 runs and 23 runs not out respectively to see to it Aces record an imposing total.

Nassor Zahoro chipped in with 12 runs not out for the squad.

Jatin Darji had the best bowling spell for St. Gobain given he took three wickets for 28 runs in four overs.

In response, gave their all with the bat, they though ended registering 164 runs, losing seven wickets in 20 overs.

Mpeka and Imran Khan put their bowling virtuosity to show and helped Aces foil their opponents' chase.

Mpeka took three wickets, leaking seven runs in four overs, Khan ended his bowling spell with two wickets for 38 runs in four overs.

Aces had made short work of Shree Kutchi Leva in the first of the last four stage games, posting a 92-run win over the latter.

The second last four match ended with St. Gobain cruising to a three-wicket win over General Petroleum Club.