Caravans cricketers sail through to Kazim Nasser League Division A's

26May 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Caravans cricketers sail through to Kazim Nasser League Division A's

​​​​​​​CARAVANS A cricketers have made it to the last four of this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division A after commanding a 55-run victory over Pak Stars in a knockout tie, termed as 'Eiminator', which took place on Sunday.

Caravans A cricket squad's Kassim Nassor (R) receives a man of the match award from a senior cricket development officer, Ali Mpeka, who also plays for the senior national cricket team, after the Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division A's 'Eliminator' between Caravans A and Pak Stars, which took place last weekend. Harab Motors Company sponsors the award. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DC

The 'Eliminator' brought together outfits, which came second in groups A and B of the showpiece.

Caravans A will therefore lock horns with Aga Khan SC A, which suffered a loss to Alaf Aces A in the first semi-final, in the tournament's second semi-final slated for the next weekend.

In the last Sunday's match, played at Leaders Club venue, Caravans A registered 171 runs for six wickets in the scheduled 18 overs, once they had the chance to start batting.

Caravans A team's all-rounder Kassim Nassor's experience came in handy for the squad, which seeks to make yet another shot at lifting a regional club competition's top honour.

Nassor, who ultimately won the man of the match prize, notched nine fours in his overall impressive stint which saw the performer notch 60 runs.

Fellow opener Nandakishan Pottachira recorded 19 runs in a rather shorter spell as his presence at the crease was cut short by the opponents' Muhammad Mudasser.

Jitin Pratap Singh, who has otherwise happened to be the outfit's consistent performer, had a frustrating outing, given he was dismissed after recording five runs, which included a boundary.

Safvan Annarathodika put some fine knocks, registering 24 runs which included two fours and a sixer, and somewhat boosted the score.

Caravans A's other key players, Nasibu Kelvin and Hamisi Abdallah, posted 13 runs and 10 runs respectively.

Kelvin exhibited his penchant for cracking big shots with two fours, Abdallah had a four in his stint.

Skipper Sreejit Kumar forged an unbeaten partnership with Manoj Kumar, in which Sreejit notched 18 runs not out, clearing the boundary on two occasions.

Kumar's stint concluded with the performer recording eight runs not out.

Pak Stars' Zafar Khan posted two wickets, giving away 46 runs in four overs.

Although Pak Stars is one of the domestic outfits boasting of having a competent batting unit, they lost steam when they took the crease, scoring 116 runs all out in 15.3 overs.

Opening batsman Ivan Ismail's 51 runs were so far the only performance worth writing home about in what was mostly a frustrating afternoon they endured.

Ismail posted five boundaries and two sixes in his half-century.

Fellow opener Nisar Ahmed ended four runs short of a two-digit figure as the team experienced the first blow to their quest for mounting successful chase.

Zafar stepped at the crease with Pak Stars registering 46 runs after 5.6 overs.

His presence could hardly inject the much-needed zeal, he did not last long at the crease, recording eight runs, which included two fours.

The rest of the outfit's performers did not live up to expectations, low order batsman Basit Raza was the only other player with a two-digit figure, notching 14 runs not out.

Farhan Atiq ended one run short of a two-digit score, cracking a four.

Singh made up for his less impressing outing with the bat, putting on impressive bowling displays that saw him notch two wickets in four overs.

Caravans A's Gokul Das (two wickets in three overs) and youthful cricketer, Issa Safari, (two wickets in two overs) saw to it Pak Stars' batsmen are kept in check.

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