Lions Cricket Club lifts 2021 Kazim Nasser League's Division B

08Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Lions Cricket Club lifts 2021 Kazim Nasser League's Division B

LIONS Cricket Club showcased their batting skills to clinch this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division B silverware following the side's 40-run win over Annadil Burhani in the final held in the city last weekend.

Lions Cricket Club's players pictured with Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Chairman, Premji Pindoria (standing 4th L), after the cricketers had emerged as this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division B

Key players lived up to expectations as Lions Cricket Club went on to post 150 runs, losing five wickets in 20 overs after they had batted first.

Openers, Mohamed Salim and Gulraiz Haideri, had their club getting off to an impressive start, as Salim posted 28 runs which consisted of six fours, Haideri notched runs 29, cracking seven fours.

Abdulsamad Ahmed, who turned out to be the batsman with most runs, helped the side pile runs after posting 34 runs, clearing the boundary on four occasions.

There was also significant contribution at the crease put to show by youthful all-rounder, Abubakar Selemani, as the youngster ended with 21 runs which included two boundaries.

Rijali Fentu, who has also been chipping in handsomely, had a brief spell, he nevertheless, ended with 10 runs clearing the boundary once.

Ali Sumar and Mubin Hassan posted not out displays, with the former notching 12 runs not out, the latter posted eight runs not out.

Annadil Burhani's Mustafa Lukmanji was the bowler with most wickets, given he ended with three wickets in three overs.

Murtaza Shk Kaderbhai also did all he could to prevent Lions Cricket Club from posting a challenging target, as he ended with two wickets in four overs.

In response, Annadil Burhani put spirited displays, aiming at mounting successful chase, their efforts waned with the squad recording 110 runs all out in 18.2 overs.

They had a wobbly start to the chase, given opening batsmen, Quresh Karimjee and Mufaddal Seifuddin, were dismissed early on.

Khuzeima Janoowala, slotted in at number, saw to it the side made its quest for taking control of the innings known after posting 23 runs which included three fours.

Skipper Lukmanji had the team seeking to keep alive hopes of getting down to successful chase after notching 26 runs, which included three fours.

Lukmanji's contribution came in handy, as the squad had faced another blow in the form of key performer Kaderbhai's early exit.

There were two-digit figures notched by middle order batsmen, Firoz Hatim Dahodwala and Adnan Zariwala, as the two cricketers sought to keep on pushing for successful chase.

Zariwala ended with 10 runs, with his stint ending after he was dismissed by Rijali Fentu.

Dahodwala notched 21 runs in his stint which had the performer hitting a six.

The rest of Annadil Burhani's batting unit could not live up to expectations, with none of them ending with two-digit figure.

Youthful cricketers, Selemani and Fentu, saw to it that solidly defends its score with scintillating bowling showing. 

Selemani took three wickets, as was the case for Fentu.

Selemani was in the end voted as the final's man of the match and got a prize for his impressive all-round showing.

Lions Cricket Club's success has, for that matter, seen the club enjoy back-to-back triumph.

The outfit's cricketers emerged as the tournament's 2020 season's winners, posting a win over Patel Brotherhood outfit in the final.

Abbas Adamjee of Annadil Burhani was presented with this season's DC Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division B's best player prize.

The GP Pak Stars' Sheraz Khan lifted the showpiece's best batsman prize.

Kaderbhai (Annadil Burhani) received the showdown's best bowler prize.

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