Twiga Titans cricketers close in on 2020 APL semi-finals

14Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Twiga Titans cricketers close in on 2020 APL semi-finals

TWIGA Titans' cricketers have inched closer to a place in the 2020 Advanced Players Legue (APL) last four, notching a seven-wicket victory over Chui Challengers in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Twiga Titans Cricket Club's skipper, Kassim Nassor. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

It was the fourth victory for Twiga Titans that have now made certain of their status as strong contenders for the league's title.

Scintillating batting displays by the squad's experienced all rounders, skipper Kassim Nassor and Nassibu Kelvin, played key role in their ability to emerge victorious yesterday, as the duo saw to it the outfit made the most of its innings.

Twiga Titans won the toss and chose to bowl, limiting Chui Challengers to 107 runs for six wickets in 20 overs.

Chui Challengers looked to have struggled early on in the innings following quick dismissals of their oppeners, Ejaz Aziz and Nandakishan Pottachira.

Jitin Pratap Singh and Suraj Pala gave their squad hopes of amassing a good total, scoring 19 runs and 18 runs respectively.

Singh cleared the boundary twice in his stin at the crease, Pala had a four in his double digit score.

Captain Riziki Kizito boosted the side's quest of a challenging target with his 21 runs not out, which consisted of a four, only for the team to experience a blow given experienced all rounder, Khalil Rehemtullah, faced an early exit.

Abdullah Jabiri was, in the end, the top run getter in Chui Challengers innings given he posted 29 runs which included a four.

Twiga Titans' youngster, Karimu Athumani, ended with an impressive bowling figure, in which he registered two wickets and leaked 17 runs in two overs.

Twiga Titans chased a modest target of 108 runs for the loss of three wickets and, in the process, significantly bosted their pursuit of the top honour.

Youngster Abdulrahman Akida notched 13 runs, which consited of a four, Nassibu had 26 runs, which included three fours, in what was overall a good start by the squad in the chase.

Nassor, in the end, forged an unbeaten stand with youngster Dhrumit Mehta to make certain of their club's victory.

Nassor recorded 34 runs not out, which included two boundaries, Mehta notched 25 runs not out, which consisted of three boundaries.

Pala's spirited bowling showing, which ended with bowler taking two wickets and leaking 19 runs in four overs, failed to help Chui Challengers frustrate their opponents' chase.

It turned out to be a second defeat for Chui Challengers that had, on Wednesday, attempted to bounce back with 23-run victory over Royal Rhinos.

The clash had Chui Challengers racing to 161 runs for loss of seven wickets in 20 overs once they had won the toss and chose to bat first.

Royal Rhinos, in response, failed to chase Chui Challengers' total, recording 138 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs.

Buffalo Blasters took on Tembo Stars in Thursday's other clash in the afternoon.

The Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA)-organized league, which started last Saturday and will climax on Sunday, takes place with a view to raising the standard of the sport at the domestic level.