DCC A side wallops Patel Brotherhood A squad Nyerere Memorial League

21Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
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DCC A side wallops Patel Brotherhood A squad Nyerere Memorial League

DAR Cricket Club (DCC) A outfit has stepped up its quest for clinching this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML) Division B T30's title after wallopping Patel Brotherhood A squad by seven wickets last weekend.

Dar Cricket Club (DCC) A side's Dharmin Parmar (R) gets man of the match prize from a cricket follower after Parmar's team faced Patel Brotherhood A outfit in this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs duel last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DCC

For the second time in as many matches, DCC A outfit's skipper, Adil Kassam, won the toss and elected to field first in the duel at Leaders Club venue.

Sending Patel Brotherhood A side to bat first seemed to be a wrong move by the DCC A squad's skipper as the former's openers, Chetan Patel and Dhavalkumar Patel, started steadily in the power play overs.

Patel Brotherhood A cricketers did not lose a wicket in the first six overs, piling 21 runs.

The worried DCC A outfit's skipper thereafter used his experience and brought his outfit's best spin bowler, Abdulwahid Mohammed, and medium pacer, Sajad Ratansi, straight in to the attack.

With the duo bowling straight six overs apiece, they did not disappoint their club's skipper, considering they took two wickets apiece.

Chetan (12 runs from 26 balls) was outfoxed by the left arm slow turning googly, which was caught by Meet Jetha.

Ratansi, with his nagging line and length delivery, trapped Patel Brotherhood A's Tarpan Tailor for leg before wicket (lbw), with the latter recording three runs from eight balls.

Harsh Patel (six runs from nine balls) went for an ambitious drive but the cricketer missed the ball and was stumped.

Pinalkumar Patel (three runs from eight balls), Patel A side's skipper, did not stay for long as Ratansi's slower ball beat the bat and DCC A squad's lighting fast keeper, Kassam, removed the bells in a flash to get another stumping.

With Patel Brotherhood A outfit having reached 64 runs and four wickets down in 20 overs, Dharmin Parmar was introduced in the DCC A outfit's attack.

The veteran spinner did not dissapoint his captain, as he bagged a five-wicket haul. Dhavalkumar (26 runs from 61 balls) was bowled, Keyur Patel (eight runs from 11 balls) was brilliantly caught by Hozaifa, Mehul Jayantibhai (seven runs from nine balls) was bowled, Anil Thakor (six runs from three balls) was caught by Hozaifa, Pradhan Shetty (11 runs) was dismissed through lbw.

Hozaifa Hussein had a wicket of Riteshkumar Tailor (10 runs from as many balls) dismissing the batsman through lbw.

Patel Brotherhood A squad eventually scored a below par total of 97 runs all out in 26.5 overs.

The DCC A outfit's chase got off to a worst start when their skipper Kassam wwas dismissed for a first ball golden duck.

The skipper was caught by Patel Brotherhood A side's Thakor from delivery by Keyur Patel.

The DCC A side's dependable batsman Asad Aziz fell off cheaply too, scoring three runs from four balls.

Aziz was caught brilliantly by Patel Brotherhood A outfit's keeper, Harsh Patel, off Riteshkumar's bowling.

Another veteran batsman, Meet Jetha, came to DCC A outfit's rescue having set up 78-run partnership with youthful batsman, Sufian Usman (26 runs from 32 balls).

Sufian was bowled by Harsh Patel in the 15th over when DCC A squad needed only 14 runs to win.

Jetha made sure there were no more lapses in the chase and the cricketer finished the game with a crisp cover drive to the boundary.

The experienced performer notched 54 runs not out from 59 balls, hitting eight boundaries in the process.

At the end, skipper Kassam's decision of going to field first turned out to be a perfect move.

Parmar was adjudged the man of the match for his exploits with the ball, the cricketer was presented with a medal and cash prize of 30,000/-.

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