General Petroleum cricketers inch closer to silverware in Caravans T2

04Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
General Petroleum cricketers inch closer to silverware in Caravans T2

GENERAL Petroleum team booked a place in the DRCC Caravans T20 2018 tournament’s final with a five-wicket win over Estim in a nail biting last four stage’s match that took place at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) oval last weekend.

General Petroleum team’s Zahid Abbas bats against Caravans during the recent match of the DRCC Caravans T20 2018 tournament that took place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

General Petroleum team, for that matter, were expected to confront Caravans in the final, which was set to take place the same weekend, as the latter had cruised to a one-wicket win over Aga Khan SC in the other semi-final.

Estim won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 110 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.

The squad’s attempt to post a convincing score was dealt a huge blow, given opener Nitin Jeshani, who has so far been the outfit’s best batsman in the event, was bowled clean by General Petroleum team’s spinner Tambwe Rashid.  

Meaningful contribution with the bat in the innings came from skipper Kishor Pindoria, who registered 57 runs which included five boundaries and four sixes.

Mahendra Kerai chipped in with 17 runs, which comprised two boundaries and a six, whereas Girdhar Varsani closed out the innings with unbeaten three runs.

Rana Waqas stood out of the rest of General Petroleum team’s bowlers with three wickets in four overs and was ably assisted by Rashid, who ended his bowling spell with two wickets.

General Petroleum team thereafter chased their opponents’ score for the loss of five wickets in 17.4 overs.

Opener Adnan Kashif was instrumental in the team’s successful chase, registering 38 runs that included five fours and a six.

Kashif successfully stepped up to anchor the innings after the early exit of fellow opener Muzamil Hussain, who was caught by Estim’s Harnish Hirani off a delivery by Jeshani.

There was also meaningful contribution with the bat from Basit Raza, who notched unbeaten 24 runs that consisted of a four and a six. Skipper Zafar Khan chipped in with 10 runs that consisted of a six.

Jeshani and Hirani ended their bowling spells with two wickets apiece for Estim.

Caravans Club has organized the tournament in cooperation with the Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) and the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) with a view to boosting promotion of the sport in the country.

The tournament's sponsors include Petrofuel, Alliance Insurance, Toyota Tanzania, Ras Logistics, Sayona and Le Grande.