Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) has hosted the 10-over formatted competition with a view to raising the standard of the sport at the domestic level.
Alaf Aces have, therefore, made it to the last four stage of the competition, which will be played after the holy month of Ramadhan, as noted by DRCC.
Patel Brotherhood won the toss and put Alaf Aces in to bat first and the latter recorded 85 runs for the loss of three wickets in 10 overs.
Unbeaten 35 runs by Sallaudin Khan was instrumental in Alaf Aces’ win, with the batsman blasting a sixer and three fours in what turned out to be the best innings.
Khan’s displays, in the end, won him the man of the match honour.
Skipper Sailesh Tripathi recorded 17 runs not out and Pramod Hedge and Shafii Mwalami, who opened the innings, notched 13 runs and 11 runs respectively.
Patel Brotherhood bowlers Mandeep Sabharwal and Riken Patel took a wicket apiece for the squad, their efforts however did little to weaken Alaf Aces’ resolve.
Although Patel Brotherhood played their hearts out in the chase, they ultimately managed 75 runs for the loss of four wickets in 10 overs to suffer defeat.
Significant contribution with the bat came from Patel that registered 28 runs not out, which consisted of a four, and opener Hardik Patel scored 23 runs.
Anas Mansuri and Ravi Walan stood out of the rest of Alaf Aces bowlers during the squad’s turn with the ball, as they took two wickets apiece to successfully foil Patel Brotherhood chase.
Mansuri took his two wickets for eight runs in two overs, had an economy rate of 4.00, Ravi leaked 17 runs in two overs and had an economy rate of 8.50.
Alaf Aces, sponsored by Alaf Limited, is a third string side of Aces Club that, as well, has two other squads, which are battling it out in the DRCC competitions.
The teams are Aces A, which is taking part in the Division A of this year’s DRCC T20 league, and Aces B which is competing in the Division B of the same tournament.
Aces A have booked a place in the last four stage of the Division a of the DRCC T20 tournament and they will confront Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Club in the stage’s game.
In the Division B of the Pro 10 tournament, Aces B cricketers, led by skipper Ejaz Aziz, have ended in the fifth place out on nine teams, which have participated in the competition.
Aziz lately sits 21st in the list of the competition’s top run getters, having notched 43 runs in two innings, having faced 44 balls.
He has an average of 21.50, a strike rate of 97.73 and in his best day with the bat he scored 23 runs.
Aces Club is also backed by SBC, through Pepsi brand, Supply Africa Limited, Afritrack, Sunkist Arusha and TTT Worldwide Limited.