Union SC seeks qualification for GP Gymkhana Shield tourney last eight

10Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Union SC seeks qualification for GP Gymkhana Shield tourney last eight

UNION SC cricketers have an opportunity to make certain of their qualification for the last eight stage of the GP Gymkhana shield competition given they will confront Patel Samaj in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Young Muslims cricket team’s skipper, Ejaz Aziz, bats against TNCC team during this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield tournament’s clash which was held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) venue last week. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The Group B clash, to be played at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) venue, will be one of three matches which have been slated for the same day.

Lions Cricket Club will open the day by locking horns with Kanbis in Group A in the morning, Kutchi Leva will face Punjabi Kings in a Group C clash shortly thereafter.

Union have registered one win in three outings in this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield tournament.

They started the tournament on a wrong foot, succumbing to a four-wicket defeat to Jaat Blasters in what was also the tournament’s opening match.

Union then regrouped to command victory over Tarangini in the second match before falling to Jain Sangh last weekend.

Union, therefore, need nothing short of a win against Patel Samaj if the former are to stay within reach of a place in the last eight.

Experienced performers that include Athuman Kassim, Hasnain Damji and Shabbar Ratansi have to step up their game if Union wish to get the better of Patel Samaj and sail through to the knockout stage.

Teams which are participating in the GP Gymkhana Shield tournament have been put in Groups A, B, C and D.

Young Muslims, TNCC, Lions Club and Kanbis make Group A, Group B has been made up of Union Sports Club, Jaat Blasters, Jain Sangh and Tarangini.

The Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Cricket Section-organized tournament has General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes as main sponsors.

ASAR Limited, SBC Tanzania, Mgen Insurance, AFRO Turk, Catridge World, PS Limited, I& M Bank and Jaykey Trading are the event's co-sponsors.

The T20 -formatted competition, as disclosed by DGC Cricket Section captain, Ashish Nagewadia, will run for 14 weeks with all matches taking place at the club's oval.

The competition’s last eight stage has been slated for September 14-21 whereas the last four will be played on September 22.