Gobain cruise into Nasser Memorial cricket semis

20Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Gobain cruise into Nasser Memorial cricket semis

SAINT Gobain B cricketers have progressed to the last four’s stage of the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge’s Division B with 33-run win over Aces Super Strikers in a quarterfinal game played at the Annadil Burhani venue during the weekend.

SAINT Gobain B cricketers have progressed to the last four’s stage of the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge’s Division B with 33-run win over Aces Super Strikers in a quarterfinal game played at the Annadil Burhani venue during the weekend.

Saint Gobain B gave their all with both bat and ball in the exciting duel to tame Aces Super Strikers, who boasted of several talented players that had also featured for the national U-19 cricket team in several continental assignments in the past.

Saint Gobain B had the opportunity to start batting in the match and they made the most of their innings, as they registered 202 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 30 overs.

One Jeinish was the team’s hero in the innings, thanks to his 77-ball 90 that comprised 12 boundaries. He mercilessly cracked balls all over the pitch to play an important role in the acquisition of the convincing total.

Other notable contributions with the bat in the innings came from Zahir Patel, who recorded 42 runs not out off 66 balls and Mansukh who registered 12 runs from as many balls.

Aces Super Strikers’ Sham turned out to be the team’s top wicket taker with two for 24 runs in six overs and fellow bowlers, Waheed and Shah, finished their respective spells with one wicket each.

Aces Super Strikers, in response, chased their opponents with plenty of zeal but were bowled out for 169 runs with 42 balls remaining to see their hopes of making it to the last four’s stage blown up in smoke.

Aces Super Striker’s chase suffered a serious blow following quick dismissal of the team’s formidable top order batsmen, Jumanne Mohamed and Salum Jumbe, who managed nine runs off 13 balls and five runs off seven balls, respectively.

Mohamed fell to an easy catch by one of Saint Gobain B’s fielders off a delivery by Wasim, whereas Jumbe was dismissed via leg before wicket (lbw) by Saint Gobain B’s Prem.

Shafii Mwarami, somewhat, managed to help his team regain control of the innings with confident knocks but he then fell Saint Gobain B’s Lazaro Festo after posting 21 runs off 28 balls.

Waheed and Raza stepped at the crease and put spirited batting displays to register 16 runs off six balls and 17 runs off 23 balls respectively but the duo’s efforts did little to help their team avoid defeat.

Saint Gobain B’s Prem and Festo had impressive bowling spells, taking three wickets apiece in their respective six overs to foil Aces Super Strikers’ attempt to get down to a successful chase of the former’s score.