Aces cricketers impress in DRCC T20 league

14Mar 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Aces cricketers impress in DRCC T20 league

ACES cricketers have made their intention to go for a successful quest for the trophy in this year's Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) T20 league after commanding victories over Aga Khan SC and Gymkhana in the city early this week.

Aces Cricket Club

In the first match, Aces, who are backed by Pepsi Company, made short work of Aga Khan SC, one of the tournament favourites, cruising to a 31-run win over the latter.  Aces, then, were forced to dig deep and register 15-run win over Gymkhana.

Aga Khan SC won the toss and put Aces in to bat first on a wet pitch, which made it difficult for the batsmen to showcase their potential.

Aces, though, gave their all in the innings and scored 105 runs all with two balls remaining. The squad began with a flurry of shots from opener Ankit, who nailed a six and a boundary off deliveries from Aga Khan SC's Harsheed Chohan.

With the pitch condition hardly favouring batsmen, Ankit's two big shots turned out to be the boundaries the squad managed throughout the innings.

Ankit, who scored 14 runs pff 10 balls, was then caught by Aga Khan's Vipin Abraham off a delivery from medium pacer Yash Desai, with Aces having scored 24 runs in four overs.

Waheed Mushtaq then stepped on the crease, managed a couple of knocks and was dismissed by Desai having scored           two runs off three balls.

Nassor Zahoro as well did not last long at the crease, in which he was dismissed by Aga Khan's spinner Riziki Kiseto with two runs to the batsman's name.

Salum Jumbe somewhat withstood Aga Khan bowlers' pressure and scored 18 runs from 24 balls.

Jumbe built partnership with Mohamed in the difficult condition and saw their side register the 105 runs with two balls remaining.

Mohamed ended the innings as the team's top run getter with 38 from 49 balls, with Jumbe and Ankit as well contributing double digit figures.

Aryaan Premji, Drumit Mehta and Desai were Aga Khan's wicket takers with three for 13 runs, two for 22 runs and two for 15 runs respectively.

Although Aga Khan had an achievable target in sight, they struggled in the chase and were ultimately skittled for 74 runs.

Aga Khan, regarded as the best cricket club in the country, surprisingly failed to live up to expectations in the face of disciplined bowlling and strategic field placement by Aces' skipper, Azim Thakur.

Significant performance in the innings came from experienced batsman, Ayzaz Jessani, who notched 27 runs from 37 balls.

Medium pacer Goodluck Andrew starred with the ball for Aces as he took three wickets for nine runs in four overs and wsas ably assisted by Mohamed Ali who took two wickets for 20 runs in four overs.

Aces had to step up their game in the match against Gymkhana, in which the former batted first and scored 170 runs for six wickrts in 20 overs.

Much as Gymkhana chased their opponents' total zealously, the former fell short of the target as they put 155 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.