K&P Construction cricketers hammer Patel Brotherhood squad in Kazim

17Sep 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
K&P Construction cricketers hammer Patel Brotherhood squad in Kazim

RESOLUTE K&P Construction cricketers notched 84-run win over Patel Brotherhood team in the 2020 Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division B's duel, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Malabar Crikcet Club (MCC) players participate in a training session in Dar es Salaam recently to prepare for regional tournaments. The MCC battles it out in the Division B of this season's Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML). PHOTO; COURTESY OF MCC

The eventual winners have, as a result, ascertained their plan to be serious contenders for silverware in the KNML Division B, as they now ocupy the third spot behind leaders, Estim, and Lions Cricket Club, who are placed second.

The K&P Constructions squad raced to 124 runs all out in 25.3 overs once they won the toss and elected to bat in the clash which took place at Leaders Club venue.

Shaik Abdul Shaheel, Nageswara Ila, Harish Munuganti, Suman Emuru put gritty batting to show as their team in the end wrapped the innings with the respectable total.

Their innings had got off to a shaky start, given opener Hema Suryakant Mullapudi was dismissed for duck.

Fellow opener Naga Gurijala weathered Patel Brotherhood team's bowlers' pressure for a few overs and notched 11 runs which included two fours.

Emuru went on to record 12 runs, which consisted of two fours, after Mullapudi's dismissal.

After a brief spell by skipper, Lakshmikanth Sukavasi, who was dismissed after notching eight runs, Shaheel pushed his squad's score with his 23 runs that included two fours.

There was more encouraging displays with the bat middle order batsmen Ila and and Munuganti displayed at the crease, which significantly helped the squad amass more runs.

Ila ended with 17 runs which included two fours, Munuganti posted 12 runs.

Gaurang Patel ended his bowling spell with four wickets in 5.3 overs, skipper Yagnesh Patel posted three wickets in five overs and Dhavalkumar Patel posted two wickets as Patel Brotherhood team sought to prevent K&P Constructions squad from setting a challenging target.

In response, a woeful batting showing by Patel Brotherhood team had them losing steam after 11 overs, recording 40 runs all out and easily conceding the loss.

Their chase was dealt a blow in the early stages of the innings, as opening batsmen, Mandeep Singh and Kewal Patadia, were sent back to the pavilion after managing six runs apiece.

They kept on dropping wickets in quick succession for the remainder of the overs, hardly showing signs of having what it takes to stay in control of the innings.

Skipper Yagnesh was equally below par in the fruitless chase, notching five runs which included a four.

Captain Sukavasi succesfully led K&P Constructions team's quest for frustrating Patel Brotherhood team's chase given he took five wickets and leaked 11 runs in three overs.

Venkateswararao Katru and Gulam Yassin dashed away Patel Brotherhood squad's hopes of successful chase given the two bowlers took two wickets apiece.

The defeat has consequently pushed Patel Brotherhood squad to the fourth spot in the KNML Division B standing, given they have won two games and lost as many duels.

Although they have registered four points as it is the case for Patel Brotherhood side, K&P Constructions team sit third because of their better net run rate.

Malabar Crikcet Club (MCC) have been placed fifth with one win and three losses, Strikers B team are languishing at the bottom of the event, given they have not posted victory in three outings.

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