Alliance Caravans pursues progression to 2022 T20 Cup final.

23Sep 2022
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Alliance Caravans pursues progression to 2022 T20 Cup final.

ALLIANCE Caravans' cricketers are out to secure qualification for the 2022 Petrofuel Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Caravans T20 Cup tournament final, coming up against DTB Gymkhana in the second clash of the last-four stage in the city tomorrow.

Alliance Caravans' all-rounder, Nasibu Kelvin (L), showcases his batting heroics when the club locked horns with Aruti Aces in this year's Petrofuel Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Caravans T20 Cup's tie held at Leaders Club ground in Dar es Salaam on August 21. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CARAVANS CRICKET CLUB

Winners of the tie, which will take place at Leaders Club ground, are set to lock horns with I&M Aurobindo Aga Khan SC in the final at the same facility the following day.

Alliance Caravans have secured progressional to the tournament's semi-finals for the second successive season, having earlier done so in the 2021 showdown only to be knocked out by rivals, Aruti Aces, in the stage.

Youthful DTB Gymkhana made it to the last four's stage after defeating Novum Strikers by five wickets in another knockout tie, termed 'Eliminator', which took place on September 11.

Tomorrow's semi-final clash promises to be an entertaining affair, pitting perennial competitors in the knockout stages against the most improved side in this season's showpiece.

Alliance Caravans are an accomplished squad boasting of stellar showing in several tournaments held in recent years, they will be seeking to make full use of their good record as they confront their opponents.

They nevertheless ought to be wary of DTB Gymkhana which has proved to be a hard nut to crack in this season's competition.

With in-form cricketers Kheel Suchak, Amit Raghuvanshi, Gurvinder Singh, and skipper Harsheel Shah making DTB Gymkhana, the outfit is expected to put a spirited showing and spring a surprise on the favourites Alliance Caravans. 

I&M Aurobindo Aga Khan SC booked a place in the competition's final following a resounding 28-run win over Alliance Caravans in the first of the last-four clashes, termed 'Qualifier', which took place September 11.

Petrofuel Limited is the title sponsor of the tournament, while co-sponsors of the showdown include Alliance Insurance, Colourflex, and Pepsi.

Other sponsors are Aruti, Pigabet, Black and Decker, Harab Motors, All Season Hotels, Novum Energy, Diamond Trust Bank, I&M Bank, Aurobindo Pharmacy, Azania Bank, and Horizon Teleports.

Jiuzhou, Flashnet, Ashton Media, Rotana, Aura Suites, Bank of India, Datamanics, Samaki Samaki, A One Bottlers, Africarriers, and G1 Security complete the showdown sponsors' list.

The Petrofuel DC Caravans T20 Cup tournament, which has participating outfits locking horns in 20-over formatted duels, brings together the country's best cricket teams.

It is the only cricket competition organized by a private entity under the affiliation of the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) and the DC.

The showdown is regarded as the country's biggest T20 tournament and it is usually held during the last quarter of the year.

The competition is backed by several companies in the country which support the initiative as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities.

Previous editions of the tournament have been graced by government officials and foreign envoys.

They include former Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Harrison Mwakyembe, his deputy Juliana Shonza, and Director of Sports in the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports, Yusuph Singo. 

Former India's High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sandeep Arya, and top officials from various firms are other dignitaries that have graced the competition's previous editions.