Lions Cricket Club trounces MCC in 2021 DC Gymkhana Cup tourney

14Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Lions Cricket Club trounces MCC in 2021 DC Gymkhana Cup tourney

LIONS Cricket Club notched a comprehensive 79-run win over Malabar Cricket Club (MCC) in this year's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Gymkhana Cup tournament's clash, held in the city on Tuesday.

Lions Cricket Club's players celebrate after one of the side's bowlers had dismissed a Malabar Cricket Club (MCC)'s batsman when the sides met in a 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Gymkhana Cup tournament's tie, which took place in the city on Tuesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIONS CRICKET CLUB

The DC has hosted the tournament, which is sponsored by Makita, under the auspices of Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), seeking to boost promotion of the game domestically.

The eventual winners successfully shook off a shaky start to their innings and put dominant displays to, in the end, wrap the innings with an imposing score.

They went in to bat first in the duel, which took place at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club's oval, amassing 133 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

They had to contend with early dismissals of opening batsmen Gulraiz Haideri and Ali Sumar, with neither of the duo recording double digit figure.

Sumar could only post six runs, whilst Haideri was dismissed for duck, leaving their team with mere 12 runs after two overs.

One of the squad's key peformers, Rijali Fentu, slotted in at number three, showcased his batting heroics, posting 44 runs which consisted of a four.

Mohamed Salim had a brief spell which had the batsman chipping in with 18 runs, which included a four.

Atif Salim boosted his squad's total with his 30 runs not out, whilst helping the squad stay in control of the innings.

There were also early dismissals of key performers, skipper Yasser Abdulhamid and Abubakar Selemani, which frustrated Lions Cricket Club's efforts to finish the innings with a bigger score.

Jithin Mohan had most wickets during MCC's spell given he took two wickets, conceding 30 runs in four overs.

Chasing 134 runs to register victory happened to be a tall order for MCC, they were bowled out for 54 runs in 11.2 overs.

Opener Mohan was the batsman with double digit figure in the fruitless chase, notching 11 runs which included a six.

The MCC could not bounce back following an early dismissal of skipper, Sreejesh Puthiyaveetil, who opened the innings with Mohan, as the skipper was dismissed by Lions Cricket Club's Ramadhani Mbunde.

The rest of the MCC batsmen frustratingly made their way back to the pavilion in quick succession.

Middle order batsman Mohammed Afsar Uddin ended two runs short of double digit figure as he vainly sought to see MCC stage a fight back.

Haideri and Selemani had the best bowling showing for Lions Cricket Club, successfully frustrating MCC's more on