K&P Constructions cricketers clobber Alaf Aces B squad

24Aug 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
K&P Constructions cricketers clobber Alaf Aces B squad

DAR ES SALAAM's K&P Constructions cricketers have stepped up their quest for clinching this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs title after cruising to a 30-run win over Alaf Aces B outfit in the city on Sunday.

The K&P Constructions Club's Naga Gurijala poses for a picture with the best player of the match's prize that he won for his scintillating showing when his squad faced Alaf Aces B squad in this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs duel recently. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DAR ES SALAAM CRICKET

The victory has helped the K&P Constructions team, which has been put inGroup B, put pressure on group leaders, Dar Cricket Club (DCC) A.

The K&P Constructions cricketers are positioned second in Group B following the win, given they have notched a victory in two games and lost as many clashes.

In the Sunday duel, the K&P Constructions team recorded 166 runs all out in 28.1 overs once they went in to bat first, thanks mostly to opener Naga Gurijala exploits at the crease.

With the K&P Constructions squad facing an early blow in the form of opener Hema Suryakant Mullapudi's dismissal, it was up to fellow opening batsman, Gurijala, to steady the ship.

Mullapudi was sent for an early shower with four runs, as he was caught by Alaf Aces B's Muaaz Abdulkarim from Ravi Kumar delivery.

Gurijala proved his worth at the crease, given the player cracked 50 runs consisting of six boundaries and a six.

Significant contributions with the bat also came from other batsmen, Nassoro Zahoro, skipper Lakshmikanth Sukavasi, and Nageswara Ila Rao.

Zahoro sought to flex his muscles, registering 24 runs which consisted of a boundary.

Rao chipped in with 18 runs, as was the case for Sukavasi that stepped at the crease as low order batsman.

Bogineni Prasad sought to make his presence count with 11 runs, clearing the boundary on two occasions.

Experienced cricketer Raza Baloch had a stellar showing during Alaf Aces B's bowling stint, given he took four wickets and a 4.67 economy rate.

Baloch was ably assisted by equally experienced cricketer, Ravi Kumar, in which the latter ended with two wickets and an 8.77 economy rate.

In Baloch's bowling exploits, the player took prized wickets of K&p Constructions' Zahoro and Suman Emuru.

Emuru, as a result, experienced a short stint and made his way back with paltry six runs.

Needing 167 runs to come out victorious, gave their all with the bat, only to falter with 136 runs, dropping seven wickets in 30 overs.

Experienced all-rounder, Imtiyaz Yusuf, deployed at number three, was the top run-getter given the cricket notched 32 runs which included a four.

Six batsmen also made their way back with two-digit scores, which nevertheless failed to bail their outfit out.

Opener Baloch scored 20 runs, seeking to see to it the outfit was hardly affected by an early blow, which came about because of Raj Jatan's early exit.

Promising cricketer Jaffary Kanyita posted 13 runs, as was the case for Ajith Shetty,  as well as  Imran Khan who posted unbeaten 13 runs.

Youthful cricketer Acrey Paschal who was deployed as a low order batsman posted 12 runs.

The other low-order batsman, Kumar, made his way back with the bat in hand given the cricketer notched unbeaten six runs.

Venkateswararao Katru, Bogineni Prasad, and Harish Munuganti had impressive stints, when the K&P Constructions squad fielded, the cricketers notched two wickets each.

The match's best player prize went to the eventual match winners' player, Gurijala, thanks to his batting exploits.

The loss has seen Alaf Aces B outfit placed second from bottom of the group, given the side has yet to post victory in two fixtures.

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