Aces A in pursuit of DRCC T20 competition last four

04May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Aces A in pursuit of DRCC T20 competition last four

ACES A cricketers have a chance to inch closer to lifting the 2019 Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) T20 tournament, given they are set to take on Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Club in the last four stage’s clash at the Leaders Club’s ground today.

Aces A cricket team pose for a photo prior to taking part in a match in this year’s Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee T20 competition at the Leaders Club venue. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ACES CLUB

General Petroleum team will also lock horns with Saint Gobain in the competition’s second last four stage’s match at the venue today.

Aces A cricketers, against all odds, recorded an emphatic 74-run win over favourites Caravans at the venue on April 28 to secure a place in the last four stage.

The victory gave Aces A’s side a much needed boost as they head to the knockout stage and, as disclosed by the squad’s founder Azim Thakur, the players are eager to give their all against Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Club.

He conceded much as either side has an opportunity to win the duel, his team is determined to showcase solid showing and come out with a win.

He disclosed the outfit will depend on, among others, inform all-rounders Jumanne Mohamed, Mohamed Ali and skipper Bhavesh Govind, to get the better of Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Club today.

“Ali has always been instrumental in our squad’s success in competitions with his batting and bowling virtuosity, he has as well been fielding diligently,” he noted.

Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Club thrashed MCC by seven wickets on April 28 to make it to the semi-finals.

Benson Mwita and Nyenje Hashim are some of talented players that Shree Kutchi Leva will depend on to secure victory today.

Aces A’s victory over Caravans, made up of several experienced performers, is undoubtedly the former’s memorable feat in this year’s DRCC T20 tournament.

Aces A went in to bat first and recorded 130 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs, with Jumanne Mohamed, Ali and Ejaz Aziz playing pivotal role in the squad’s acquisition of the imposing score.

Opener Mohamed posted 32 runs, blasting two sixes and two fours, Ali recorded 26 runs that included two sixes and a four, Aziz chipped in with 23 runs.

Caravans’ spinner, Kassim Nassor, and Jayaraj Malayil finished their bowling spells with three wickets apiece.

Aces A cricketers then put solid bowling displays to bowl Caravans out for 56 runs in 15.5 overs to secure the crucial win.

Thakur expressed gratitude to Aces’ sponsors, namely Alaf Limited, AfriTrack, Sunkist Arusha, TTT Worldwide, Supply Africa Limited and SBC through Pepsi brand, for their support to the club.

“Managing a cricket club in Tanzania is extremely expensive and for that matter we appreciate the companies’ sponsorship,” he noted.

He pointed out that Aces have, moreover, been conducting development programs, in which they have been sending some of their players outside the country to attend clinics and gain experience in cricket.

Aces, he disclosed had recently sent medium pacer Salum Jumbe to Pakistan and South Africa, and Jumanne, who also went to South Africa to participate in development programs to boost the players’ performance.

Aces Club has two teams, Aces B and Alaf Aces that are, as well, battling it out in competitions that are under the supervision of the DRCC.