Aga Khan impress in Nasser Memorial cricket

27Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Aga Khan impress in Nasser Memorial cricket

RIZIKI Kiseto and Arshaan Jessani starred with the bat as Aga Khan opened their campaign in the Division A of the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge with a resounding 120-run win over Estim Eleven A at the University of Dar es Salaam venue early this week

Veecom bowler one Hussein (R) in action during an APL league as umpire the late Kazim Nasser watches.

Aga Khan won the toss and opted to start batting, making full use of its depth in the department to post 280 runs for four wickets in 40 overs.

Kiseto and Jessani ascertained their team’s batting prowess, mercilessly tormenting Estim Eleven A’s bowlers to register 63 runs off 39 balls and 72 runs off 103 balls, respectively.

Kiseto nailed nine boundaries and Jessani recorded six boundaries in what turned out to be the best innings in the side.
John Zablon also had a good day with the bat, notching 42 runs off 38 balls, with his score consisting of five boundaries.

There was also notable contribution with the bat from Seif Khalifa and Harsheed Chohan, who chipped in with unbeaten 24 runs off 21 balls (one boundary) and 15 runs off six balls (one sixer), respectively.

Estim Eleven A’s Vekaria and Kerai were the bowlers who managed to make inroads into Aga Khan’s batting line-up, in which the former recorded one wicket apiece, leaking 38 and 33 runs in their respective eight overs.

Estim Eleven A attempted to chase Aga Khan’s score zealously but the former were, eventually, skittled for 160 runs with 12 balls remaining.

The team experienced a slight wobble in the early stages of the chase, in which top order batsmen, Kerai, Vekariya and Halai were dismissed after recording nine, seven and six runs, respectively.

Estim Eleven A’s middle order, though, managed to somehow keep hopes of a successful chase alive, with Kara, Kerai and Pindoriya nailing 33, 32 and 17 runs, respectively.

The team’s low order batsmen, then, disappointingly failed to live up to expectations as they succumbed to quick dismissals.

Chohan, Arslaan Premji, Halari and John took two wickets apiece for Aga Khan to effectively frustrate Estim Eleven A’s attempt to reach the target.

Aga Khan and Estim ElevenA are in group A-1 of the Division A, which also has Gymkhana A and Morogoro Stars.
Victory over Estim Eleven A had propelled Aga Khan to the top of the group standings with a total of 12 points, which includes bonus points awarded for excelling in both batting and bowling in the game.

Group A-2 of the division consists of Saint Gobain, Aces African Fighters, Veecom Warriors and TCA U19 team.
Saint Gobain are in the top position with a total of 21 points from two wins, scoring 358 runs in 60 overs and conceding 350 runs in 80 overs.

Aces African Fighters are in the second position with eight points following a win over TCA U19 in the opening game.
Aces have scored 81 runs in 8.1 overs and leaked 79 runs in 40 overs to settle for a net run rate of 7.94.

Veecom Warriors and TCA U19 are in the third and last positions respectively with four and three bonus points. Veecom have lost one game and TCA U19 have lost two matches.

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