Petroleum cricketers reach DRCC final

05Jun 2016
Japheth Kazenga
Guardian On Sunday
Petroleum cricketers reach DRCC final

GENERAL Petroleum cricketers have inched closer to the Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) Mwalimu Nyerere’s Division B title after cruising to the final with victory over Esteem Eleven in the semi-final match in the city early this week.

DRCC has organized the tournament under the auspices of the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) in an effort to improve the standard of the sport at the domestic level.

The match was brought to a halt on the 20th over of Esteem Eleven’s chase of General Petroleum’s target because of bad light and, as disclosed by Bhatia, the latter were awarded the win because the former were trailing on net run rate.

General Petroleum had opted to start batting in the game played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue and scored174 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 30 overs.

Zafar Khan and Qaiser Awan had notable contribution in the innings, scoring 66 runs off 61 balls and 53 runs off 45 balls respectively, and Naseer Gungu chipped in with 15 runs off 19 balls.

Ashwin and Mahendra put impressive bowling displays for Esteem Eleven to take three and two wickets respectively but the duo’s effort to prevent General Petroleum from setting a challenging target proved futile.

Esteem Eleven, in response, had posted 123 runs for five wickets when the game was brought to a halt in the 20th over.
“We had applied the DRCC rules for the tournament in reaching the decision,” Bhatia said.

The game was hardly short of incidents, in which Esteem Eleven’s batsmen came into heated argument with one of the umpires, Michael Kepha, on several occasions as the former contested some of decisions issued by the latter.

Bhatia said General Petroleum’s opponents’ in the final will be determined after the round robin stage’s match between Dar es Salaam Gymkhana and TCA outfit, in which the winner will then face Union in the semi-final.

He said the game pitting Gymkhana against TCA team will depend on the availability of a venue.
“The game had earlier been slated for last weekend at the Leaders Club venue but we had to push it back because the venue was unavailable,” he said.

Telugu Royals won the Division A of the Mwalimu Nyerere tournament with a two-wicket victory over TCA U-19 outfit in the final, which was also played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue early this week.