Kinondoni Development cricketers thrash Lions Academy in TCA

31Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kinondoni Development cricketers thrash Lions Academy in TCA

KINONDONI Development's cricketers have expressed their intention to turn into force to reckon with in the 2020 TCA Dar es Salaam Development League, cruising to three-wicket victory over Lions Academy at Leaders Club venue in the city early this week.

Kinondoni Development's batsman, Dylan Manoj (C), puts his skills to show against Lions Academy in the 2020 TCA Dar es Salaam Development League's clash, played at Leaders Club venue in the city early this week. PHOTO; COURTESY OF TCA

The eventual winners are positioned third in the tournament's table after the victory, having notched two points, win percentage of 100.00 and net run rate of 0.8408.

Much as Kinondoni Development have tied leaders, Upanga Warriors, and second-placed Ilala Boys on points, the former have been placed third because of their inferior net run rate.

Kinondoni Development will be credited for putting a spirited fight back at the crease, an approach which proved crucial to their successful chase.

Lions Academy won the toss, chose to bat first and posted 123 runs all out in 31 overs of the 40-over clash.

Top order batsman, Goodluck Andrew, was nine runs short of a half century as he ended with what turned out to meaningful score for the outfit.

Andrew's performance at the crease, which had him cracking five fours, saw his squad withstand Kinondoni Development bowlers' challenge, especially after the openers had fared horribly.

Opening batsmen, Ramadhan Mbunde and Gokul Das, faced early dismissal to leave the outfit with 13 runs after the first four overs.

Mbunde was bowled by Kinondoni Development's Abubakar Juma with no run to his name, whereas Das managed two runs and was then trapped for lbw by Yash Hirwania.

Lions Academy's key all-rounders, Krutik Thakkar and Lazaro Festo, chipped in with 14 runs and 12 runs respectively.

After yet another wobble, which had Meet Bhalia and Salum Jumbe managing palrty eight runs apiece, skipper Rijali Fentu stepped up to post 14 runs, which included two fours, for the side.

Spinner Aahil Jassani had an impressive spell for Kinondoni Development, ending with five wickets and leaking 27 runs in seven overs.

Hirwania's spell had the bowler end with two wickets and leak 10 runs in five overs.

Despite giving their all during their bowling spell, Lions Academy failed to accomplish a monumental task of defending their score.

Kinondoni Development went on to reach the target for the loss of seven wickets in 31.4 overs.

Openers, Mohamed Omary and Jumanne Mohamed, were the side's heroes as they recorded 28 runs and 32 runs respectively to catapult their squad to victory.

Omary, who is also the club's skipper, cracked three fours in his spell which was cut short by medium pacer, Jumbe, who bowled the former.

Mohamed was Kinondoni Development's top run getter, blasting six fours in his spell.

Jassani wrapped up his impressive all-round displays with his 26 runs, which included three boundaries.

Hirwania also had double digit score, recording 16 runs.

Kinondoni Development had later endured a brief scare, when Dhruv Pancholi and Kelvin Anjelo faced early exits.

Pancholi was caught by Lions Academy's wicket keeper Das from Festo's delivery, whereas Anjelo was bowled by Jumbe.

Dylan Manish and Abubakar Juma made certain of the squad's chase after posting four runs not out and three runs not out respectively.

Jumbe took three wickets and leaked 34 runs in his eight-over spell, which had the medium pacer managing two maiden overs.

Krutik Thakkar and Festo ended with two wickets apiece for the losing outfit.

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