Women Combine tumble to Upanga Warriors in TCA Development League

01Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Women Combine tumble to Upanga Warriors in TCA Development League

WOMEN Combine cricketers have started their campaign in the TCA Dar es Salaam Development League on a wrong foot, conceding a 231-run loss to Upanga Warriors in the city early this week.

Women Combine Club's Neema Justine bowls against Upanga Warriors in a TCA Dar es Salaam Development League clash, which took place in the city recently. PHOTO; COURTESY OF TCA

The Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA)-organized league, which has sides locking horns in 40-over encounters, has brought together six teams, with a view to, among others, promoting cricket in the country.

Upanga Warriors raced to 291 runs for six wickets in 40 overs after winning the toss and chose to start batting in what turned out to be a one-sided clash.

Abdullah Jabiri, batting at number four, surpassed a century mark to post 104 runs, whereas fellow top order batsman, Faraj Athumani, notched a half century to mercilessly punish the Women Combine bowlers.

Jabiri cracked 12 fours and a six in his spell, Athumani recorded 55 runs which included seven fours.

Aaditya Kailas Bhattbhatt was the other batsman in Upanga Warriors team, who had an impressive spell at the crease, posting 28 runs not out.

Upanga Warriors' skipper, Dhrumit Mehta, Ally Hafidh and Abdulrahman Akida chipped in with 19 runs, 18 runs not out and 15 runs respectively.

Experienced pacer, Mwanaidi Ibrahim, and youthful Nuru Omary were the Women Combine's bowlers with significant contribution.

Mwanaidi recorded three wickets and leaked 20 runs in eight overs, posting an economy rate of 2.50.

Nuru's spell saw the bowler take two wickets, leaking 35 runs in eight overs and an economy rate of 4.38. Nasra Hamza chipped in with one wicket, leaking 53 runs in eight overs.

Women Combine found the going tough in the chase given they were, in rsponse, bowled out for 60 runs in 17.1 overs.

With the side, to a great extent, consisting of inexperienced batters, they could not keep their much more competent opponents at bay.

None of the Women Combine performers notched double digit score, facing dismissal in quick succession.

Mwanaidi and skipper Monica Pascal were the batters that managed a couple of overs at the crease, with the former notching seven runs whilst the latter recorded eight runs.

Promising batters, Kandida Laurent and Nasra Hamza, posted six runs not out and five runs respectively, with Nasra ultimately being run out by Emmanuel Laurent from Abubakar Selemani delivery.

Laksh Snehal and Akida took four wickets apiece for Upanga Warriors.

Kinondoni Development, Al Madrasa Boys, Upanga Warriors, Women Combine, Lions Academy and Ilala Boys are the teams participating in the league.

Women Combine, as noted by TCA information officer Atif Salim, feature in the tournament in an effort to gain experience.

Some of the side's players also feature for the national junior women cricket side, whereas the senior players play for the senior national women team. 

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