Aga Khan SC, Caravans meet in DRCC T20 semi final

01Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aga Khan SC, Caravans meet in DRCC T20 semi final

AGA Khan SC cricketers have an opportunity to close in on silverware in the 2018 DRCC Caravans T20 as they are set to play Caravans in a mouthwatering semi-final at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club today.

Caravans Club has organized the tournament in cooperation with the Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) and the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) with a view to boosting promotion of the sport in the country.

Aga Khan had made it to the last four stage of the competition after finishing second in Group A with three wins and a loss in four games.

Caravans topped Group B of the tournament with four wins in as many games.

Today's semi-final promises to be an exciting game, given that both Aga Khan SC and Caravans will be eager to make up for their failure to qualify for the final of the previous edition of the competition.

In the previous season's event, both teams were knocked out of the last four stage in which Aga Khan SC succumbed to defeat to Saint Gobain Strikers, who went on to lift the trophy with a win over Aces Club in the final.

Aces Club dashed Caravans' hopes of progressing to the final, cruising to victory over the latter in the last four stage.

Both Caravans and Aga Khan SC boast of depth in batting and bowling and they will be looking to get the best out of their dependable arsenals and come out with a win.

Caravans will depend on, among others, experienced players Hamisi Abdallah, Kassim Nassor and skipper Sreejith Kumar, to overcome Aga Khan SC and sail through to the final.

The trio was instrumental in Caravans' impressive run in the competition, offering tremendous contribution with both bat and ball to help the squad maintain an unbeaten spell on its way to qualifying for the last four stage.

Caravans cruised to a 39-run win over Aces in the opening match on November 4 and thereafter recorded a 102- run win over General Petroleum team on November 11.

In the next two matches, Caravans recorded wins over Lions and Shree Kutchi Leva.

Aga Khan opened their campaign with a 16-run win over Gymkhana on October 20 and then succumbed to a seven-wicket loss to Estim on October 28.

In the other two matches, Aga Khan regained their winning form, beating Saint Gobain Strikers and Union SC to seal qualification for the last four stage.

With an array of gifted performers at their disposal, Aga Khan will be eager to prove they are still a force to reckon with in club competitions in the country with victory over Caravans.

Aga Khan are expected to line up promising players including Aaryan Premji, Arslaan Premji, Harsheed Chohan, Aahil Jessani and Sadick Iddi, who will combine with experienced performers in the likes of Khalil Rehemtulla, Riziki Kiseto and Sadick Halari to seek to cruise to victory over Caravans.

The tournament's other semi-final, penned for Sunday, will see Estim lock horns with the General Petroleum team.

Kumar, who is also a member of the tournament's organizing committee, said tomorrow's semi-final will be preceded by an exhibition match involving the senior national women team.

The team's players will form two sides that will play a five-over match. Neema Justin and Winfrida Kelvin will be the two squads' skippers.

The DRCC Caravans T20 2018 tournament's final will then take place later in the afternoon.

Twenty clubs took part in this year's tournament, with all matches taking place at the DGC oval.

The tournament's sponsors include Petrofuel, Alliance Insurance, Toyota Tanzania, Ras Logistics, Sayona and Le Grande.