Jain Sangh sail through to GP Gymkhana Shield last eight

22Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Jain Sangh sail through to GP Gymkhana Shield last eight

JAIN Sangh cricket outfit has booked a place in the last eight of this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield tournament in grand fashion after notching two-wicket win over Tarangini in Dar es Salaam early this week.

Jain Sangh cricketers celebrate a wicket they took during the previous year’s GP Gymkhana Shield competition’s last four duel against Shree Kutchi Leva that took place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Cricket Section-organized tournament has General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes as main sponsors.

ASAR Limited, SBC Tanzania, Mgen Insurance, AFRO Turk, Catridge World, PS Limited, I& M Bank and Jaykey Trading are the event's co-sponsors.

It was a third straight win for Jain Sangh and it underlined their status as strong favourites for the tournament’s trophy this season.

They had earlier notched victories over Union SC and Jaat Blasters in the first two assignments. Tarangini’s defeat has seen them fail to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament.

Tarangini were presented with the opportunity to bat first in the Group B match, they nevertheless could not do much with the bat given they were bowled out for 92 runs in 20 overs.

Much as they had a modest target in sight, it was not plain sailing for Jain Sangh in the chase, given they chased Tarangini’s total for eight wickets in 19.4 overs.

With Jain Sangh having already made it to the knockout stage the team’s remaining duel in the group stage against Patel Samaj, scheduled for early next month will be mere formality.

There were also wins for Ismaili Community and Gujrat Lions in games that took place the same day.

Ismaili Community that are as well strong favourites for the trophy in the tournament made short work of MCC, commanding 12-run win over the latter.

Having been presented with the opportunity to bat first, Ismaili Community made the most of the batting depth given they notched 157 runs, dropping eight wickets in 20 overs.

MCC chased their opponents’ score in earnest, the team’s efforts to get down to successful chase hit snag given they scored 145 runs, losing seven wickets in 20 overs.

In the day’s third match, Gujrat Lions boosted their quest for qualification for the knockout stage given they cruised to four-wicket win over Kanbis.

Kanbis went in to bat first in the low scoring match and were bowled out for 57 runs in 16 overs.

In response Gujrat Lions chased Kanbis’ score with ease, wrapping up their victory in mere six overs.

Gujrat Lions have, in the process, notched a second victory in a row. They had cruised to 68-run win over TNCC in their first match last week.

Teams which are participating in this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield tournament have been put in Groups A, B, C and D.

Young Muslims, TNCC, Lions Club and Kanbis make Group A, Group B has been made up of Union Sports Club, Jaat Blasters, Jain Sangh and Tarangini.

The T20 -formatted competition, as disclosed by DGC Cricket Section captain, Ashish Nagewadia, will run for 14 weeks with matches taking place at the club's oval.