Lions Castilla cricketers boost pursuit of 2021 DC T20 tournament's

25Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Lions Castilla cricketers boost pursuit of 2021 DC T20 tournament's

LIONS Castilla's cricketers have tightened their grip on 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) T20 Cup Division B's Group A top position, commanding a 10-wicket victory over TCA Women side in a match, which took place in the city last weekend.

Lions Castilla cricket team's batsman (R) showcases his virtuosity against Dar Combine outfit in this year's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) T20 Cup Division B tie, which was played in the city early this month. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIONS CRICKET CLUB

Monica Paschal was by far the batter that chipped in with notable contribution, when TCA Women had gone in to bat first and were bowled out for 77 runs in 20 overs.

The experienced batter had impressive 35 runs, which consisted of four fours.

Fellow opener, Mwanaidi Ibrahim, did not last long at the crease, as Lions Castilla sought to foil efforts by the TCA Women to amass an imposing score from early on.

Mwanaidi, who is also an experienced performer, could only notch fours, which included a four, and she was later sent back to the pavilion by Lions Castilla's Imran Khan.

Nasra Hamza, Zena Hassan and Irene chipped in with five runs each to slightly boost TCA Women squad's total.

Lions Castilla side's Pramod Shetty put stellar showing with the ball, posting three wickets and leaking 16 runs in four overs.

Lions Castilla's other bowlers Shani Moidu and Khan took two wickets apiece to effectively keep TCA Women batters in check.

In response, Lions Castilla, having been presented with a modest target of 80 runs, easily got down to successful chase for no loss of wickets in 10.5 overs.

Skipper Mubin Hassan and Chetan Borkhataria forged a first wicket stand to steer their club to the win, ferociously cracking balls all over the pitch.

Hassan happened to be more aggressive, recording 43 runs not out, which included seven fours, to repel TCA Women's challenge.

Borkhataria put solid knocks, ending with 34 runs not out, clearing the boundary six times.

Lions Castilla squad currently are enjoying the Group A's driver's seat with eight points, given they have posted victory in four outings.

They have posted 449 runs and leaked 353 runs in their fixtures.

Second-placed Patel Brotherhood B team have recorded victory in two matches and loss in one to amass four points.

Caravans B, Dar Combine and TCA Women team come third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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