Simba Kings boost pursuit of qualification for 2021 APL semis

03Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba Kings boost pursuit of qualification for 2021 APL semis

SIMBA Kings' cricketers have improved their quest for booking a place in the last four of the 2021 Advanced Cricket Players League (APL) after notching an eight-wicket win over Royal Rhinos in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Simba Kings' Johnson Nyambo poses for a photo with the best player of the tie's prize he won because of his stellar showing in his outfit's Advanced Players Cricket League (APL) match against Royal Rhinos, which took place at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club's oval on Wednesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

Due to the rain intervention, the game was reduced to 17 overs as the rains had started in the fourth over o the first innings.

Royal Rhinos were the first to take the crease, posting 91 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 17 overs.

Kibwana Salum and captain, Arshaan Jasani, were the batsmen with meaningful contributions, as they notched 31 runs and 37 runs respectively.

Their plan to register a bigger total was dealt a blow early on, given one of the key performers, Nandakishan Pottachira, had a brief stint at the crease, scoring paltry four runs.

Opener Pottachira was caught by Royal Rhinos' wicket-keeper, Abbas Adamji, from Johnson Nyambo's bowling.

Top-order performers, Zamoyoni Ramadhani, Ally Mpeka, and Nasibu Kelvin, as well had brief spells, failing to repel Simba Kings bowlers' onslaught.

Promising cricketer, Jasani, showcased his resoluteness and, to some extent, steadied the ship with several good shots he played.

Overcast condition, which happened before the downpour, was very well utilized by Simba Kings' youthful bowler, Johnson Nyambo, and their captain, Jatin Darji.

Nyambo had the best bowling performance, ending with a four-wicket haul and giving away 23 runs in a four-over spell which included a maiden over.

Darji, who notched one wicket in four overs, is a player with a lot of tricks up his sleeves, as he bowls leg-spin, outswingers, and inswingers.

The cricketer is moreover a batting sensation when he is on roll. Darji led his team on the day with his batting prowess as well.

With a modest target of 92 runs in their sight, Simba Kings hardly drained a sweat, reaching the target in 15.3 overs and dropping two wickets.

Simba Kings' openers' early dismissals did little to weaken the squad's resolve.

Opener Ivan Ismail did not last long at the crease, getting out with 18 runs to his name, fellow opener Kheel Suchak had a much shorter spell, posting three runs.

The experienced Darji laid his hands on the bat and forged an unbeaten partnership with equally experienced cricketer, Athumani Kakonzi, to see to it Simba Kings mount a successful chase.

Darji ended as the batsman with the most runs notching 40 runs not out consisting of three fours and a six.

Kakonzi made full use of his presence recording 17 runs not out. Their chase was hugely boosted by 14 extra runs given away by Royal Rhinos' bowling unit.

The fixture's best player of the match's prize was won by Simba Kings' youthful cricketer, Nyambo, for his impressive bowling spell which led to the downfall of Royal Rhinos' top and middle order.

With Royal Rhinos suffering a loss to Simba Kings, Chui Challengers, led by Zafar Khan, have as well exited the showdown.

Abhik Patwa-led Twiga Titans too hardly had a good event, as they lost all fixtures they featured in, the squad has one clash to play.

Chui Challengers and Twiga Titans are two star-studded sides crashing out of the showpiece event.

The tournament pace setters, Tembo Stars, skippered by Riziki Kiseto, have showcased scintillating displays in all fixtures they have featured in.