Lions Youths' cricketers stun DCC B in DC Kazim Nasser tournament's

02Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Lions Youths' cricketers stun DCC B in DC Kazim Nasser tournament's

LIONS Youths' cricketers have, against all odds, posted an emphatic six-wicket victory over Dar Cricket Club (DCC) B squad in a 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division C clash, which took place in the city last weekend.

Lions Youths' cricketers jubilate when they took a wicket in a Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML) Division C clash versus Dar Cricket Club (DCC) B squad last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIONS CRICKET CLUB

A spirited showing by Lions Youths helped them come out victorious in the exciting Group A duel which took place at Gymkhana Club's venue.

The DCC B squad had the opportunity to bat first, notching 108 for nine wickets in 20 overs.It was a less impressive batting showing by the DCC B outfit, which is currently viewed as one of the tournament's serious contenders for the trophy.

Opener Faizan Osman could only notch 10 runs, which consisted of two boundaries, he was shortly thereafter sent back to the pavilion by Amaan Sameer.

Deepak Joshi, DCC B's hero in their previous tie versus Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Sports Centre (SKLPSC) B squad, had an extremely short spell in the last weekend clash.

The opener could only manage a run and was then caught by Lions Youths' Rehaan Rafiq off Abubakar Selemani's delivery.

Michael Kepha, this time deployed as a top order batsman, sought to boost the total with his 16 runs clearing the boundary on two occasions.

There was a meaningful contribution that Gopal Solanki and Ally Ishaq put to show, as they ended with two-digit figures.

Ishaq recorded 21 runs as was the case for Solanki.

Ally Hafidh, who came on with his side having recorded 105 runs after 19.3 overs with nine batsmen dismissed, chipped in with 12 runs, clearing the boundary once.

Divesh Nadiadhara (two runs not out) and Rehan Aman (one run not out) brought the innings to an end with the bat in hand, they though did not notch convincing scores.

The visibly motivated bowlers, Abubakar Selemani, Abdullah Imtiyaz, Amaan Sameer, and Rehaan Rafiq, deployed all skills at their disposal to tame DCC B outfit batsmen.

The quartet recorded two wickets each, which proved crucial to their efforts to limit their opponents' score to a manageable figure.

Needing 109 runs to come out victorious, Lions Youths gallantly got down to a successful chase as they notched 109 runs for four wickets in 15.3 overs.

Opener Shyam Kumar's scintillating batting, which had the batsman notching 59 runs not out, was pivotal to 's successful chase.

Kumar cleared the boundary on eight occasions, notching five boundaries and three sixes.

The opener put spirited showing to see to it fellow opener Yusuf Abdulhaleem's early dismissal hardly had an impact.

Selemani, deployed at number three, kept the squad in the game with his 30 runs, which consisted of five boundaries.

Ashfaq Imtiyaz brought the youthful squad to within reach of the victory with his 13 runs, nailing a four.

It was the second win that Lions Youths have notched in the showpiece, hosted by regional cricket body, DC.

The cricketers were declared winners in a game against Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Academy, which was abandoned.

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