Strikers A stretch winning run in 2020 Nasser Memorial Cricket League

04Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Strikers A stretch winning run in 2020 Nasser Memorial Cricket League

STRIKERS A cricket team have stepped up their quest for the title in the 2020 Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division A, trouncing GP Pak Stars A by 81 runs in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Saint Gobain Strikers' fielder goes for catch to dimsiss one of Aces Club batsmen in the previous season's DRCC Caravans T20 Cup final, which took place in Dar es Salaam. Aces Club won the final. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The victory has helped Strikers A move to the top spot in the Division A's log, having posted victory in three out of four games to collect six points.

Gymkhana A, the division's leaders before the Sunday match, have in the process been pushed to the second spot.

Aces A, Caravans and Aga Khan SC A are positioned third, fourth and fifth respectively in the log.

Strikers A scored 229 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs after they had won the toss and chosen to bat first.

Skipper Ashish Kamania was impressive with the bat for the eventual winners, ending nine runs short of a century and playing vital role in his outfit's acquisition of the score.

After a rather shaky start to their innings, which had openers Kishen Kamania and Riken Patel, as well as Vikram Rathore, who batted at number three, dismissed in quick succession, Kamania stepped up to help his outfit stay in control of the innings.

He cracked six fours and five sixes in his spell.

Strikers A's other key all-rounder, Jatin Darji, was too impressive at the crease, posting 61 runs not out and cracking six boundaries and three sixes.

Suraj Pala and Zahir Patel notched 30 runs and 10 runs respectively to boost the team's total.

He cracked six fours and five sixes to finish with the best innings in the day.

Zafar Khan had the most wickets for GP Pak Stars A in the duel, in which he took four and leaked 48 runs in his 10-over spell.

Wahid Hussain ended his bowling spell with two wickets and leaked 32 runs in 10 overs.

He had one maiden over in his spell, which ended with the bowler posting economy rate of 3.20.

Posting 230 runs to post victory turned out to be a tall order for GP Pak Stars A, they on reply were skittled for 148 runs in 34.4 overs.

Youthful all-rounder, Abdullah Jabiri, had the best innings for the squad, scoring 42 runs which included five boundaries.

Jabiri, to a great extent, helped to steady the ship after early exits of opener, Nisar Ahmed, and Stewart Kaduma, who batted at number three, in the first two overs.

Goodluck Andrew and Qasim Ali notched 29 runs and 22 runs respectively, young batsman Salmini Yusuph and Khan chipped in with 17 runs and 16 runs respectively.

The GP Pak Stars A's hopes for successful chase were all but over after Ali had been bowled by the eventual man of the match Kamania.

Pala led Strikers A's quest for frustrating GP Pak Stars A's chase given he took three wickets and leaked 36 runs in nine overs.

He was ably assisted by Kamania and Mukul Kumar, who ended with two wickets apiece.

Kamania's stellar batting showing in the duel has, as a result, boosted his quest for the KNML top tier's best batsman honour. 

Prior to the Sunday clash, the experienced batsman had been holding the top spot in the list of the top run getters after notching 102 runs in three outings.

Team mate Darji was placed second in the list, having scored 94 runs in three clashes and boasting of an unbeaten spell in one clash.

The Sunday loss has compounded GP Pak Stars A's woes, given they are still at the bottom of the table with no victory four games.

The  GP Pak Stars A had, before the Sunday clash, net run rate of -2.1779, having recorded 331 runs and leaked 532 runs.

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