Jain Sangh fall to Patel Samaj in GP Gymkhana Shield cricket tourney

11Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Jain Sangh fall to Patel Samaj in GP Gymkhana Shield cricket tourney

PATEL Samaj cricketers have ended their spell in this year's GP Gymkhana Shield on a high, cruising to eight-wicket drubbing of Jain Sangh in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Patel Samaj batsman, Vishal Patel, in action against Jaat Blasters in this season’s GP Gymkhana Shield competition’s clash held in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes are main sponsors of the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Cricket Section-organized competition which has attracted 16 teams from around the city.

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

Jain Sangh went in to bat first in the Group B clash and posted 108 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs.

Needing 109 runs to win, Patel Samaj got down to a zealous chase and made certain of their victory for the loss of two wickets with 24 balls to spare.

Yakesh Patel of Patel Samaj laid his hands on the man of the match prize for his impressive innings which saw him record 60 runs from 45 balls.

Patel Samaj, as a result, handed Jain Sangh their first defeat in this season’s competition and frustrated the latter’s efforts to end the group stage with a perfect record.

The eventual winners have ended their spell with two wins and as many defeats.

The defeat has however not affected Jain Sangh’s participation in the event, as they have already sailed through to the last eight phase which is set to start at the weekend.

The day’s other match, which saw Tamil Nadu Cricket Club (TNCC) come up against Lions, ended with the latter post 127-run win.

Lions made the most of their innings after having been presented with the chance to start batting in the Group A match, notching 212 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs.

Chasing 213 runs to win became a tall order for TNCC, given they were skittled for 85 runs in 19 overs.

Suraj Pala had the best day at the crease for the eventual winners, nailing 69 runs from 36 balls.

He therefore received man of the match prize for his exploits which have helped his team end the group stage with three wins in four matches, as well as making it to the last eight.

Teams, which are participating in this season's GP Gymkhana Shield tournament, were placed in Groups A, B, C and D in the round robin phase.

Young Muslims, TNCC, Lions Club and Kanbis made Group A, Group B had consisted of Union Sports Club, Jaat Blasters, Jain Sangh and Tarangini.

Karnataka Kings, Annadil Burhani, Kutchi Leva and Punjabi Kings were in Group C, Group D consisted of Surat Stars, Sandy Super Strikers, Ismaili Community and Caravans.

The competition’s last eight has been slated to start at the weekend and will end on September 15.

The last four’s matches will be played on September 22. The final will take place on September 29.