Aga Khan SC B wallops Lions Cricket Club in MNML 

30Jul 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam,
The Guardian
Aga Khan SC B wallops Lions Cricket Club in MNML 

​​​​​​​EXPERIENCED all-rounder, John Zablon, put his prowess to show, as Aga Khan SC B notched a 14-run victory over Lions Cricket Club in this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML) Division B T30 match in the city recently.

Aga Khan SC B's John Zablon poses with man of the match prize he got after displaying scintillating performance in his club's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs' tie against Lions Cricket Club, played recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DC

The Aga Khan SC B cricketers are seen as one of the top teams in MNML Division B T30's Group A, which is termed as the group of death, as all formidable clubs are playing in the same group.

Lions Cricket Club was up for a tough opening game against Aga Khan SC B, which is an outfit credited for promoting several talented cricketers domestically.

Much as Lions Cricket Club is a new outfit in domestic cricket, the club did give Aga Khan SC B a good run for their money.

The clash could have gone on to the last over, had few wickets not gone at the wrong time during Lions Cricket Club's innings.

Lions Cricket Club was winning the game when Aga Khan SC B's batting lineup started faltering, but, at the end of it all, it is all about the experience.

Aga Khan SC B had an opportunity to start batting, they ended with 136 runs losing all wickets in 28.5 overs.

Initially, Aga Khan SC B was on six runs in the third over with a loss of two wickets.

Top order batsmen, Seif Athuman and Arsalaan Premji, then put in a solid partnership of 50 runs for the third wicket.

The youthful Athuman ended with 27 runs, nailing two fours, Premji notched 28 runs comprising four fours. 

After that regular wickets were falling, with Alhaj Sadick, who was on the list of the ones that fell victim to early dismissal, notching seven runs. 

The old campaigner, Zablon, kept himself going for his team, scoring 48 runs.

It happened to be very unselfish innings by the senior player, giving his all to bolster his club's quest for a bigger score.

Youthful cricketer, Abubakar Selemani, took four wickets in overall the best bowling displays, with his 4.5 over-spell consisting of a maiden over.

Fellow bowler, Shamil Hameer, posted two wickets in his four-over spell.

In reply, Lions Cricket Club also had two quick wickets lost, basically two dismissals for duck, as they were 13 runs for two wickets.

Gulraiz Hyderi and Abubakar took the game forward but, all in all, nobody stood to finish the game for Lions Cricket Club as they came 14 runs short of the needed score, posting 122 all out in 27.2 overs.

Zablon lifted the man of the match prize, sponsored by General Petroleums (GP) Limited.

The cricketer, who was one of the key players in national junior teams in the past, proved his worth for the match's eventual winners and won the game for the outfit.

He put a solid showing against the deadly Lions Cricket Club, which has been posting a series of good results, which include winning this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division B top honour.

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