APL cricket takes Dar fans by storm

16Mar 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
APL cricket takes Dar fans by storm

Changers are expected to begin their quest for the top honour in this year’s Advanced Players’ cricket league when they take on the Sixes’ event’s game at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s oval today.

The Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA)-organised tournament involves four franchises in a bid to improve the standard of domestic cricket.

The opening day’s second match will see Petrofuel Caravans play Saint Gobain Strikers and the latter will then take on Maxx Changers.

Maxx Changers will then return to action in the afternoon, when they will play Petrofuel Caravans and the latter will confront Twiga Stars in the evening.Twiga Stars will then wind up the Sixes event by facing Saint Gobain Strikers.

The Twenty20 event, which is expected to start tomorrow, will see Maxx Changers play Petrofuel Caravans in the first game in the morning, with Saint Gobain Strikers facing Twiga Stars at the same venue in the afternoon.

Three matches have been scheduled to take place on Saturday, with the first game pitting Maxx Changers against Twiga Stars in the morning.

In the other two matches, Saint Gobain Strikers will lock horns with Petrofuel Caravans in the morning and the former will then entertain Maxx Changers in the afternoon.

The last of the Twenty20 event’s round robin games has been slated for Sunday, in which Twiga Stars will play Petrofuel Caravans.

The finals of both Sixes and Twenty20 events will be played at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s venue later in the day.
Foreign professional cricketers from India, South Africa, United Kingdom and Pakistan have been invited to play in the tournament with the aim of injecting competitiveness.

The foreign professionals had formed a combined outfit and played three 50-over matches against a TCA outfit, mostly comprising members of the senior national cricket team, in the city early this week.

The foreign professionals cruised to a 53-run win over the hosts in one of the three games, which was played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue.

The visitors had the opportunity to start batting and posted 212 runs in their innings, with one Les nailing 61 runs to finish with the highest score in the team.TCA team then chased their opponents’ score zealously only to falter with 159 runs on the board.

Ashish Kamania, Abhik Patwa and Athuman Kakonzi had impressive batting showing in the chase, in which Kamania scored 46 runs, whereas Patwa and Kakonzi chipped in with 33 runs and 26 runs, respectively.

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