Aces cricketers play General Petroleum in Kazim Nasser tourney final 

09Feb 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Aces cricketers play General Petroleum in Kazim Nasser tourney final 

ACES cricket club has been presented with an opportunity to cement its place among respected clubs in the sport at the domestic level as the squad is set to face General Petroleum in the 2018/19 Kazim Nasser Memorial tournament's final at the Leaders Club ground in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Aces Cricket Club's Salum Jumbe bats against Kutchi Leva in the 2018/19 Kazim Nasser Memorial tournament's match that was held in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

Aces cricketers will be taking part in the final of a domestic event for the first time this season.

The squad won four matches and suffered one defeat in the round robin stage of the tournament.

Aces cruised to victory over Annadil Burhani, Telugu, Aga Khan SC, as well as General Petroleum, and took the second position in the event.

Estim inflicted the only defeat to Aces in the competition's round robin stage.

The round robin stage's matches saw Aces enjoy outstanding feats achieved by their players that include Ankit Baghel that was superb in the game against Aga Khan SC.

Baghel, along with Mohammed Ali, batted and bowled well for their team throughout the duel, complementing scintillating displays by teammates, Jumanne Masquater, Muaz Abdulkarim and Waheed Mushtaque.

The mentioned players were as well effective in their respective roles against General Petroleum Club in the league stage.

Aces had to deploy all skills at their disposal to overcome Annadil Burhani as the latter put spirited performance.

Ali, Imran Khan and Raza Baloch however saved the day for Aces.

The semi-final saw Estim record 184 runs in their innings and Aces used nine bowlers to keep the former, who missed the services of big hitter Nitin Jessani, in check.

Estim then came out firing on all cylinders during their bowling spell and had four of the opponents' wickets down for 34 runs.

Aces' batsmen Baghel, Jumanne Masquater, Nassoro Zahoro and skipper, Ejaz Azizi, were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession.

Aces' experienced all-rounder, Bhavesh Govind, along with the squad's emerging player Adeel Saiyed thereafter put on a 121-run partnership.

Goving was then out after notching 77 runs and Saiyed came back not out on 69 runs, ensuring his team crossed the line.

General Petroleum Club's players have also been doing well and the squad has what it takes to stun opponents.

General Petroleum Club batsmen, Basit and Rana Waqas, put a solid partnership in the match against Aga Khan and steered the former to victory.

The duo's scintillating showing came to show after the early power hitting by Zafar Khan, Zahid Khan and Nisar, who scored a century in the previous match against Telugu.

Tomorrow's final looks evenly poised, with Zafar Khan being the show stopper for General Petroleum Club. A lot depends on him, along with other key players, to steer the outfit to victory.

Khan is undoubtedly in a superb form, given he recently scored a century against Aga Khan in the second semi-final to help General Petroleum emerge victorious.


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