Cricket duo rub shoulders for wicket haul prize

30Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Cricket duo rub shoulders for wicket haul prize

ACES African Fighters’ players, Mohamed Ali and Ayaz Mustafa, have boosted their chances of winning the Kazim Nasser Memorial Cricket Challenge’s Division A’s top wicket taker honour after excelling in recent matches in Dar es Salaam.

The duo put impressive bowling display to inspire their team to victory over Gymkhana A in the last four stage’s game played at the latter’s venue on September 25.

Mustafa ripped through Gymkhana’s batting order to finish his spell with four wickets for 27 runs in seven overs and Mohamed had a five-wicket haul for 14 runs in 7.3 over.

Mustafa has now been positioned third in the list of the tournament’s top wicket takers after registering a total of seven wickets from three matches with an economy rate of 4.39 and an average rate of 11.29.

He has bowled a total of 18 overs, one of which was a maiden and has leaked 79 runs. In his best bowling performance, he took four wickets for 27 runs.

Mohamed, who also has seven wickets, is in the fourth position, has bowled a total of 16 overs, three of which were maiden, with an economy rate of 2.30 and an average rate of 5.43.

He has leaked a total of 38 runs and boasts of a best bowling showing of five wickets for 14 runs.

With Aces African Fighters slated to take on Aga Khan SC in the Division A’s final at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s venue this weekend, Mustafa and Mohamed still stand a chance of knocking Saint Gobain A’s pacer, Zamoyoni Ramadhan, off the top spot in the list.

Ramadhan, whose team went down to Aga Khan SC in the Division A’s last four stage’s game played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue on September 18, leads the rest of the pack with eleven wickets from four games.

Division B of the tournament has seen Boom Boom progress to the last four stage after beating Union Sports by eight wickets in the last eight stage’s game played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue on September 25.

Union Sports opted to bat first in the game and posted 145 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 30 overs. Boom

Boom then got down to a successful chase of their opponents’ score, losing two wickets in 16.4 overs.

The day also saw Aga Khan SC B beat Dik Diks by 97 runs at the same venue in the division’s group 2’s game that will decide a team that will progress to the last eight stage.

Aga Khan SC B went in to bat first and registered 213 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 30 overs. Dik Diks failed to chase their opponents’ score, managing 116 runs all out in 20.3 overs.

Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) has organised the tournament in memory of the late Kazim Nasser, who served as the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) event and tournament manager, as well as the DRCC member.