Chui Riders make it to Tanzania T10 League final

04May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Chui Riders make it to Tanzania T10 League final

CHUI Riders cricket team have booked a place in this year's Tanzania T10 League's final, commanding a nine-wicket win over Buffalo Gladiators in the first semi-final, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Chui Riders cricket outfit's senior all-rounder, Jitin Singh (R), is presented with man of the match prize by one of this season's Tanzania T10 League's coordinators, Ashish Nagewadia, shortly after Chui Riders had posted victory over Buffalo Gladiators in the showpiece's first semi-final, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

The clash, termed as 'Qualifier 1', involved outfits which ended first and second after the completion of the league matches.

The round robin stage culminated with Chui Riders leading the rest of the pack with seven points in five outings, claiming victory in three ties, conceding loss in one whilst the other clash was abandoned because of downpour.

Buffalo Gladiators ended a point below the tournament leaders to finish second, posting victory in two outings, defeat in one whilst the remaining fixture was abandoned because of downpour.

The 'Qualifier 1', which took place at Leaders Club venue, saw Chui Riders' senior all-rounders, Jitin Pratap Singh and Zafar Khan, put solid displays with both bat and ball to give their side an edge over Buffalo Gladiators.

The tie had Buffalo Gladiators get the chance to start batting, posting 79 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 10 overs.

Opening batsman Nisar Ahmed's 30 runs, which included three fours and two sixes, were instrumental in Buffalo Gladiators' acquisition of the total.

The muscular performer gave his all to ensure his squad ends with a convincing score, sparing the blushes of fellow top order batsmen, Nassib Kelvin and skipper Kassim Nassoro, who endured a frustrating morning.

Kelvin, who opened the innings with Khan, was a victim of early dismissal given he could so far record one run and his efforts to flex his muscles were frustated by Chui Riders' spinner, Tambwe Rashid.

Nassor was sent back to the pavilion by Chui Riders' Singh, with Buffalo Gladiators' skipper notching mere three runs.

Youthful batsmen, Amiri Sadiki and Nyenje Hashim, ended their stints with two-digit figures, as Sadiki posted 12 runs whilst Hashim recorded 10 runs.

Low order batman, Rijali Fentu, ended three runs short of two-digit figure, wrapping the innings with an unbeaten spell, as it was the case for Kelvin Anjelo, who registered unbeaten two runs.

Chui Riders' Singh had the most impressive bowling spell, ending with a four-wicket haul and giving away three runs in two overs.

Spinner Rashid as well made his presence felt, given he took two wickets and gave away 19 runs in two overs.

Chui Riders later chased the modest total posted by Buffalo Gladiators with plenty of zeal, dropping one wicket on their way to notching the emphatic victory.

Khan and Singh made their experience count for the encounter's eventual winners, substantiating their prowess at the crease with skilful shots.

The duo commanded unbeaten spell, with Chui Riders' skipper Khan, who opened the innings, leading the onslaught with a half century, which included three fours and four sixes.

Singh stepped up after Arsalaan Premji's early dismissal, forging unbeaten partnership with Khan to mount the successful chase.

Singh notched 19 runs not out, which included three fours.

The showpiece's Eliminator, a knockout clash pitting third-placed Rhino Challengers against Simba Heroes, who finished fourth, was slated for yesterday morning.

The Eliminator's winners were set to lock horns with Buffalo Gladiators in the second semi-final, later in the day.

The 10-over formatted showpiece, organized by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), is expected to climax today.

The tournament is organized in memory of Tanzania's fifth term President, the late John Pombe Magufuli, with all matches taking place at Leaders Club's venue.

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