Aces cricketers stretch winning run in 2021 DC Kazim Nasser

12Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aces cricketers stretch winning run in 2021 DC Kazim Nasser

ACES Cricket Club has stretched the squad's winning run in 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division A 50 overs, notching a hard-fought two-wicket victory over Aga Khan SC in a tie held in the city last week.

Aces Cricket Club's Mohammed Ali (L), gets man of the match award from Caravans Cricket Club's senior player, Sreejith Kumar, shortly after the former's side locked horns with Aga Khan SC in the 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division A 50 overs' clash, which took place recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DAR ES SALAAM CRICKET

Aga Khan SC won the toss, elected to bat and they were bundled out for 202 runs in 49 overs, courtesy of a four-wicket haul by the in-form Aces Cricket Club's all-rounder, Mohammed Ali.

Jasani was the batsman with most runs, given he scored 43 runs, whereas the cricketer's younger brother, Aahil, scored 39 runs, and Vishal Patel notched 36 runs.

Opener Jasani helped Aga Khan SC reach 102 runs in the 27th over, his presence at the crease was ended by Aces Cricket Club's Ankit Baghel.

In the opener's spell, the batsman notched four fours and a six. Patel helped to push Aga Khan SC's score to 160 runs, he was then sent back to the pavilion in the 42nd over.

In reply, Aces Cricket Club had a bit of spark in the first few overs, with Baghel and Ali seeing to it the team has a good start.

The openers were sent back to the pavilion with 50 runs on the board in nine overs.

There was then brief partnership of 35 runs between Jumanne Mohamed and senior cricketer, Azim Thakur, in the next 10 overs.

After Thakur's dismissal, Aces Cricket Club sent in one of their key players, Jaffary Kanyita, who cleared the boundary on three occasions, cracking two fours and a six in his brief stay and he got out to a shot too many.

Mohamed notched 36 runs he exited the crease in the 23rd over, having seen his team's score reach 110 runs.

Ejaz Aziz had a very short stay, notching two runs, his dismissal led to a middle order collapse.

Skipper, Salum Jumbe, and assistant skipper, Ali Mpeka, got their hands on the bat and they put a solid 76-run partnership.

Jumbe was dismissed having notched 38 runs, with 13 runs needed to win.

That added a bit if drama, with Kibwana Salum getting out in the next over, and there were still 12 runs to win but Mpeka kept his nerves intact, finishing the game well and bosting of not out showing.

He ended with 41 runs not out, with youthful player, Acrey Paschal, also boasting of not out stint and five runs.

Aces Cricket Club's chase was done in 44th over with a beautiful hit for four runs off Aga Khan SC's Abhik Patwa.

The man of the match prize, which is sponsored by Unimoni Bureau de Change Company, went to  Aces Cricket Club's Ali for his four wickets.

The cash, which is presented along with the prize, was shared by Ali and Mohamed that recorded 36 runs.

The stellar batting displays put to show by Mohamed happened to be a positive.

Ali was in good form with the ball, going on rampage as he took crucial wickets of Aga Khan SC's Aahil Jasani, Riziki Kiseto, Alhaj Sadick and Vipin Abraham.

Aces Cricket Club's medium pacer, Jumbe, and pacer, Salum, were equally impressive considering they ended with two wickets apiece.

The eventual winners' cricketer, Ankit Baghel, took one wicket with a very economical spell and the wicket turned out to be the prized wicket of Aga Khan SC's promising batsman, Arshaan Jasani.

This is the second time in the last six years Aces Cricket Club has defeated Aga Khan SC in regional competitions.

Aga Khan SC is, in the Twenty20 format, deemed as the best in the business, as veteran skipper Ayzaz Jasani happens to be the master of the game.

Aces Cricket Club is once again expected to make it to th knockout stage of the top tier of the KNML.

The rest of the KNML Division A 50 overs showdown's participating outfits, Strikers Cricket Club, Caravans Cricket Club, Gymkhana Cricket Club, and Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Sports Centre (SKLPSC), though are, undoubtedly formidable opponents as well.

Aga Khan SC has already brought their round robin stint to an end, given they have played three matches.

The outfit is waiting for other teams in the group to finish their league fixtures.

Aces Cricket Club was next expected to play Pak Stars, who are now more than a decent side, last weekend.

With Pak Stars having shown improvement in the showdown, some fireworks were expected to be on show in the tie, which was set to take place at University of Dar es Salaam venue.

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