Aga Khan storm into Nasser Memorial final

21Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Aga Khan storm into Nasser Memorial final

AGA Khan SC A’s cricketers have progressed to the final of the Division A of the Kazim Nasser Memorial challenge after beating Saint Gobain A by 41 runs in the semi-final played at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club venue earlier this week.

Riziki Kiseto bowls during APL cricket as umpire Huzeef Bhalo looks on

Much as Aga Khan SC A failed to make the most of its depth in batting, the team still had an edge over Saint Gobain A in bowling, as the latter were eventually undone by their opponents’ bowling virtuosity.

Aga Khan SC A went in to bat first and were bowled out for 180 runs in 40 overs. The team was still in with a chance to set a challenging target for the opponents when the former had put 168 runs on the board for the loss of seven wickets.

The low order batsmen, though, failed to live up to expectations and consequently pose a challenging task of frustrating the opponents’ chase.

Zamoyoni Ramadhan and Jitin Singh had a good day with the ball for Saint Gobain A, as they took three wickets apiece for 22 and 17 runs, respectively.

Saint Gobain A, in response, put spirited performance with the bat but their plan to make it to the final ultimately hit snag as they were skittled for 139 runs in 33 overs.

Meaningful contribution with the bat came from Jatin Darji, who registered 22 runs off 61 balls, Singh and Ramadhan with 19 runs and 13 runs, respectively.

Aga Khan SC A’s spinner Riziki Kiseto led the team’s successful attempt to frustrate Saint Gobain A’s chase, in which the bowler took three wickets for 12 runs in 4.3 overs, followed by pacer Vipin Abraham who took two wickets for 17 runs in six overs.

Saint Gobain A, thus, will wait for the winner of the Division A’s second semi-final between Gymkhana A and Aces African Fighters, slated to take place at the Dar es Salam Gymkhana Club’s venue on September 25.

Two quarterfinal games in the Division B have also been scheduled for the same day, in which Aga Khan B will play General Petroleum at the Annadil Burhani venue and Boom Boom will lock horns with Dik Diks at the Leaders Club ground.

Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) has organised the tournament in memory of the late Kazim Nasser, who was the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) event and tournament manager, as well as a member of the DRCC.

Division A outfits were put into groups 1 and 2, in which group A had Aga Khan SC A, Morogoro Stars, Estim Eleven A and Gymkhana A, whereas group B comprised of TCA U19, Veecom, Aces African Fighters and Saint Gobain A.

Division B teams were put into four groups in which group 1 consisted of Aces Super Strikers, Amateur Bongos, Gymkhana B and Caravans A, group 2 was made up of Union, Sandy’s Super Strikers, Dik Diks and Aga Khan SC B.

Group 3 teams were DCC, Caravans B, Saint Gobain B and Telegu Stars, whilst group 4 comprised Annadil Burhani, General Petroleum, Boom Boom and Estim Eleven B.