After having been presented with the opportunity to start batting in the Group A’s match which took place at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) venue Lions made full use of it, notching 122 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.
Much as they had an achievable target in sight, Kanbis lost steam in chase, given they were skittled for 82 runs in 14.4 overs.
Lions will need to come out victorious in their last group stage match against Gujrat Lions, which has been slated for next month, if they are to harbour hopes of making it to the knockout stage.
Kutchi Leva and Union SC as well had the last laugh in matches which were also held the same weekend.
Kutchi Leva recorded five-wicket win over Punjabi Kings in a Group C clash, Union stepped up their pursuit of a place in the quarterfinals after cruising to five-wicket victory over Patel Samaj in a Group B match.
Punjabi Kings were skittled for 118 runs in 20 overs after getting the chance to bat first. Kutchi Leva chased their opponents’ score zealously, losing five wickets in 18.2 overs.
Union had no trouble chasing a modest target set by their opponents and, in the process, inflict a first defeat on the latter.
After having got the chance to start batting, Patel Samaj notched 105 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their innings.
Union got down to a successful chase, dropping five wickets in 18.1 overs.
Participating teams in this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield tournament have been placed in Groups A, B, C and D.
Young Muslims, TNCC, Lions Club and Kanbis make Group A, Group B has been made up of Union Sports Club, Jaat Blasters, Jain Sangh and Tarangini.
The DGC Cricket Section-organized tournament has General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes as main sponsors.
ASAR Limited, SBC Tanzania, Mgen Insurance, AFRO Turk, Catridge World, PS Limited, I& M Bank and Jaykey Trading are the event's co-sponsors.
The T20 -formatted competition, as disclosed by DGC Cricket Section captain, Ashish Nagewadia, will run for 14 weeks with matches taking place at the club's oval.