Aces cricketers thrash Estim in DRCC Caravans T20 Cup

06Dec 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aces cricketers thrash Estim in DRCC Caravans T20 Cup

ACES cricketers have boosted their quest for progression to the knockout stage of this season’s DRCC Caravans T20 tournament as they edged Estim by 12 runs in Dar es Salaam early this week.

Aces Club’s bowler, Ali Mpeka (L), receives man of the match award from a member of Caravans Cricket Club after the former’s squad had faced Estim in the DRCC Caravans T20 competition’s clash in Dar es Salaam

Aces won the toss and chose to bat in the pulsating Group B match, which was played at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) venue, and were skittled for 94 runs in 16.1 overs.

 

They were dealt a blow early on in their innings, after opening batsman Ankit Baghel had faced early dismissal with three runs to his name.

Baghel’s fellow opener, Jumanne Mohamed, kept Aces’ quest for a convincing total intact, nailing 29 runs, which included two fours and a six.

His exploits at the crease, ultimately, helped him turn into the squad’s top run getter in the innings.

Ally Mpeka and Salum Jumbe chipped in with double digit figures after they had recorded 17 runs and 13 runs respectively.

Batting collapse later on frustrated Aces’ efforts to end the innings with much more impressive figure.

Estim’s Suresh Vekariya had an impressive bowling figure, taking five wickets and leaking 22 runs in 3.2 overs.

Hitesh Kerai compounded Aces’ woes, notching three wickets and leaking 13 runs in three overs.

Aces, later, had to bank on their bowling virtuosity to frustrate Estim’s chase.

Needing 95 runs to win, Estim surprisingly failed to live up to expectations in the chase, managing 82 runs all out in 19 overs.

Skipper Kishor Pindoria and opener Ashvin Pindoria notched 21 runs and 16 runs respectively in an overall woefully batting showing by Estim.

Aces’ Mpeka and Baghel tormented Estim batsmen, finishing their spells with four wickets and three wickets respectively.

Caravans Cricket Club has hosted the tournament, which is held annually, under the auspices of Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC), targeting to raise the standard of the sport at the domestic level.

This year’s competition’s sponsors include Petrofuel, Alliance Insurance, Grand Restaurant, Colourflex, RAS Logistics and SBC through Pepsi brand.

In another development, DRCC Caravans T20 Cup Disciplinary Committee has banned Caravans Club's player, Ivan Ismail, for one match for breach of the competition’s disciplinary rules.

The committee, which is made up of members from DRCC, Caravans Club, umpiring panel and scoring panel, disclosed in a statement Ismail, who was adjudged run out when his outfit locked horns with Aga Khan SC last week, proceeded to throw his bat, helmet and gloves on the field in protest of the decision.

“While the run out decision might have been controversial, it was well within the laws of the game and should have been respected by the player,” the committee noted in the statement.

"The committee has issued a one-match ban to the player in light of the events."

The DRCC Caravans T20 Cup Disciplinary Committee, moreover, has issued a warning to Shree Kutchi Leva Patel SC's batsman, Manoj Gondaliya, as he was deemed to be an architect of a squabble between umpires and players when Shree Kutchi Leva Patel SC faced Saint Gobain Strikers early this week.

Gondaliya, the committee pointed out, seemed to have been upset by what he felt was inconsistency by the match's umpires in issuing decisions.

The situation, the committee pointed out, was diffused without much harm.

"In light of this, and based on witness statements, the committee has decided to issue a warning to the player in question and has demanded a written apology from the player," the committee disclosed in the statement.