Shree Kutchi Leva cricketers cruise to DC Gymkhana Cup Div A

09Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Shree Kutchi Leva cricketers cruise to DC Gymkhana Cup Div A

SHREE Kutchi Leva Patel SC (SKLPSC) B outfit has booked a place in the 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Gymkhana Cup Division A's last eight, cruising to a three-wicket win over Pak Stars in the city on Saturday.

Shree Kutchi Leva Patel SC (SKLPSC) players pose for a photo before taking part in a past 50-over clash against Aga Khan SC at Leaders Club's oval in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SHREE KUTCHI LEVA PATEL SPORTS CENTER

Upanga Sports Club, K&P Constructions team, and Alaf Aces are the other sides, which emerged victorious in their knockout stage fixtures, which took place the same weekend.

Top order batsman, Basit Raza, was in good form at the crease once Pak Stars had secured the opportunity to start batting and notch 128 for seven wickets in 20 overs.

Raza, deployed at number three, enjoyed a not-out stint and ended two runs short of a half-century, with his stint consisting of three fours and a six.

The batsman's contribution came in handy after the openers, Muzamil Hussain, and Nisar Ahmed, were sent back to the pavilion in the early stages.

He took the crease once Hussain was dismissed by SKLPSC B's Vipul  Pindoria and left the squad with 21 runs after 3.6 overs

Hussain managed to notch six runs, clearing the boundary once and Ahmed ended with 11 runs, cracking two fours.

Two other top order players, Abdullah Jabir and Kashif Adnan, had good stints which boosted the side's total.

Adnan registered 26 runs, which included two fours and a six, Jabir ended with 15 runs and cracked two fours.

The top order batsmen's contribution by far made it easy for the squad to record the convincing total.

Th SKLPSC B team's Pindoria and captain Naran Vekariya had notched two wickets apiece in their respective four-over stints.

The SKLPSC B team later confidently mounted a successful chase after scoring 130 for seven wickets in 18.5 overs.

The opener, Vekariya, made his presence felt with a series of solid knocks, notching 58 runs which included five fours.

Dinesh Rabadiya that opened the inning with Vekariya had a brief stint, which saw the former score 10 runs and cracks one four.

There were then three quick dismissals, which left the SKLPSC B squad with 80 runs after 12.6 overs, and four wickets were taken.

It nevertheless did not weaken the SKLPSC B team's resoluteness, as Dabasiya made his presence count with good knocks.

The middle order batsman who took the crease after Ghanshyam Gondaliya's dismissal, posted 24 runs, cracking a four.

Ramesh Dabasiya and Manish Hirani ultimately had the SKLPSC B side having the last laugh with unbeaten stints.

Ramesh notched six runs not out, which consisted of a six.

Nisar Ahmed recorded two wickets in 3.5 overs as Pak Stars sought to defend their total against a determined SKLPSC B squad's batting unit.

The showdown, hosted by DC, brought together 20 sides which were placed in groups A, B, C, and D.

The top two outfits from the four groups progressed to the last eight.

The SKLPSC B squad and Caravans progressed to the quarterfinals from Group A, Upanga Sports Club, and Union Sports Club ended as Group B quarterfinalists.

Annadil Burhani and K&P Constructions squad were Group C's quarterfinals contenders.

Group D teams that booked a place in the knockouts, were Gymkhana and Pak Stars.

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