Aces cricketers edge Upanga SC in DC Kazim Nasser Division

09Jul 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aces cricketers edge Upanga SC in DC Kazim Nasser Division

ACES Cricket Club trounced Upanga Sports Club by three wickets in the 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division A 50 overs' game played recently.

Ankit Baghel put man of the match at the crease as Aces Cricket Club efficiently waded off Upanga Sports Club's onslaught in the clash, which took place at Leaders Club ground.

Upanga Sports Club won the toss, elected to bat and scored a commendable 231 runs all-out in 47.4 overs.

Their skipper, Riken Patel, notched 45 runs, consisting of five fours and a six, and assistant skipper, Kishen Kamania, registered 64 runs, cracking six fours.

The key performers combined to put a commendable batting performance during the side's turn with the bat.

The duo was well supported by Sanjay Bom, as the cricketer posted 24 runs, and veteran Virendra Kamania's 17 runs.

Upanga Sports Club's batting unit was going at a good rate and scoring runs, which meant they were expected to score nothing less than 300 runs.

Top order batsmen, Prem Thakkar, Augustin Mwamele and Suraj Pala, as well chipped in.

Thakkar scored 10 runs, as was the case fo Mwamele, Pala posted 11 runs.

Their finishing though was not done quite well, a situation which led to the outfit scoring runs below par although 231 runs was still a decent score.

With the amount and variety of spinners that Aces Cricket Club has, all of the squad's bowlers played well, particularly Baghel and medium pacer Salum Jumbe.

Jumbe was the bowler with most wickets, ending with three wickets in 9.4 overs, Baghel and Mohammed Ali took two wickets apiece.

Aces Cricket Club later batted with plenty of zeal, reaching the target fo the loss of seven wickets in 41.1 overs.

Baghel, deployed as an opener, terrorized and neutralized all of Upanga Sports Club's bowlers with his powerful and smart hitting, scoring 121 runs consisting of nine boundaries.

Aces Cricket Club had a new opening batsman, with Ali replacing Jumanne Mohamed.

The tactic did not work that well but it did give them a good start as, once Ali was out with 30 runs, Mohamed, who came on at number three, did not have a good change of number.

The youthful cricketer was out in the same over, as he was clean bowled by Upanga Sports Club's Pala.

Then veteran cricketer, Azim Thakur, took the crease with the same ploy of absorbing the opponents' pressure, as it was the case for the squad last year.

The player did struggle but, with much experience up his sleeves, he stood there along with Baghel, the duo neutralized Pala, who was bowling very well.

Thakur along with Baghel put up a stand of 50 runs in 10 overs and, the former was later dismissed through leg before wicket (lbw) by Upanga Sports Club's Mwamele whilst notching 11 runs.

The veteran player was dismissed as he went for a shot, which, any other day, should have gone out of the park.

After Thakur's exit, youthful cricketer, Jaffary Kanyita, took the crease and hit some balls nicely and straight, the batsman scored a quick 17 runs and was dismissed by Upanga Sports Club's Virendra.

Middle order batsman, Ali Mpeka, got his hands on the bat, notching 27 runs, he had a 76-run stand with the explosive Baghel, takng the score to 174 runs after 35 overs.

After that, Baghel went on an all out attack on Upanga Sports Club's bowlers, scoring 36 runs along with Ejaz Aziz.

When the game was almost over, Aces Cricket Club lost two wickets of Baghel and Jumbe but it really did not trouble them much as the game was chased down in the 42nd over.

Upanga Sports Club's Pala notched three wickets in nine overs, Virendra posted two wickets, giving away 52 runs.
Baghel was deservedly presented with the tie's man of the match prize for his blistering innings.

The player of the match prize is sponsored by Unimoni Bureau de Change, a company known to actively support cricket across the globe.

The firm has been sponsoring all recognized international cricketing events across the world.

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