Ruaha Titans make it to 2021 TCA Dar es Salaam U-18 tournament final

19Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
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Ruaha Titans make it to 2021 TCA Dar es Salaam U-18 tournament final

RUAHA Titans have cruised to this season's Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Dar es Salaam U-18 Tournament's final with an 11-run victory over Manyara Heroes in the last four duel, which took place in the city last week.

Ruaha Titans' Aaditya Bhattbhatt (L) pictured with a cricket enthusiast once the former was presented with the best player of the match prize because of his impressive showing in his squad's TCA Dar es Salaam U-18 Tourament's semi-final clash against Manyara Heroes, which took place last week. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

The match's eventual winners were set to lock horns with winners of the first of the last four duels, which pitted Mikumi Hitters against Serengeti Blasters, in the showpiece's final last weekend.

Ruaha Titans had the chance to start batting against Manyara Heroes, notching 158 runs and dropping three wickets in 20 overs of the duel which took place at Leaders Club ground.

Aaditya Bhattbhatt, slotted in as an opening batsman, was in a good form with the bat, scoring 64 runs.

The opener had time to exhibit his aggressiveness, nailing nine fours and a six.

Bhattbhatt helped Ruaha Titans reach 112 runs after 15 overs, he was ultimately sent back to the pavilion in the following five balls, having been caught by Manyara Heroes' Amaan Sameer from delivery by Aasim Abdulsamad.

Another notable contribution with the bat was showcased by the fellow opener, Burhanuddin Jamalee, given the youngster ended with 20 runs clearing the boundary on three occasions.

Team captain, Brijesh Hitesh Kakkad, deployed at number three, ended with 22 runs which included two fours.

Ankit Budhiya and John David ended the innings with the bat in hand, with Budhiya posting 34 runs not out and nailing four fours.

David notched 12 runs not out, cracking a four in his stint.

Abdulsamad was so far Manyara Heroes' player that made his presence felt when the team was fielding, given he took two wickets for 32 runs in three overs.

In response, Manyara Heroes put spirited performance, only to falter with 147 runs, dropping eight wickets in 20 overs.

Their chase hardly got off to a good start, as the opener, Abdulrazak Sameer, was dismissed having scored two runs.

The opener was caught by Ruaha Titans' Laksh Snehal from delivery by Rehaan Atif.

Ashfaq Imtiyaz, who had opened the innings with Sameer, put good knocks to show, he was three runs short of a half-century.

Imtiyaz' stint ended with the youthful cricketer notching four fours.

His brother, Abdullah, was also in great form, given he sought to improve his outfit's chase with his 49 runs, which included four fours.

Atif brought Abdullah's stint to an end, dismissing the cricketer and leaving Manyara Heroes with 112 runs after 14 overs.

Team captain, Yusuf Abdulhaleem, chipped in with 18 runs that consisted of a four.

Manyara Heroes' quest for a successful chase was dealt a blow, given middle order and low order batsmen failed to live up to expectations, with none of them managing to notch two-digit scorers.

Rehaan Rafiq vainly sought to push the total with his seven runs, his efforts to extend his stay were frustrated by Ruaha Titans' David that sent the cricketer to the pavilion.

Ruaha Titans' David led his team's bowling onslaught, given he took three wickets, leaking 32 runs in four overs.

He was ably assisted by Atif, who took two wickets giving away 32 runs in four overs.

Bhattbhatt was ultimately presented with the best player of the clash's award, thanks to his impressive batting showing.

The showdown, organized by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) seeking to improve cricket promotion, has attracted seven teams.

Tarangire Masters, Ngorongoro Warriors, Selous Smashers, Ruaha Titans, Serengeti Blasters, Manyara Heroes, and Mikumi Hitters are the teams participating in the showpiece.

The competition's clashes take place every weekday at the Leaders ground in Kinondoni.

The TCA Dar es Salaam U-18 League has brought in over 100 youths going head to head to win the showpiece's top honour.

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