YoungMuslims cricketers seek win over Gujrat Lions GP Gymkhana Shield

07Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
YoungMuslims cricketers seek win over Gujrat Lions GP Gymkhana Shield

THIS season's GP Gymkhana Shield competition's group stage comes to an end this weekend with three games set to take place at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) venue tomorrow.

Young Muslims cricket outfit’s Emmanuel puts his bowling prowess to show in his squad’s encounter with Tamil Nadu Cricket Club (TNCC) in this season’s GP Gymkhana Shield competition in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The event, organized by the DGC Cricket Section, 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.

In the day's clash, which is expected to generate much interest from the sport's stakeholders from across city, Young Muslim will confront Gujrat Lions in Group A game.

It will be a chance for Young Muslims to snatch a second victory in this season's tournament and end their campaign respectably.

Young Muslims, making their maiden appearance in the competition, so far have notched one win and they will, for that matter, need to post a second win to avoid finishing at the bottom of the group.

With qualification for the knockout stage already out of their reach, they are expected to field all of their best players in an effort to come out with a win.

They had opened their campaign on a frustrating note, losing to Kanbis and the former, thereafter, regrouped and register victory over Tamil Nadu Cricket Club (TNCC).

Young Muslims, mostly made up of players that turn out for Aces Cricket Club, put their batting prowess to show against TNCC to post the convincing victory.

Raza Baloch was the top run getter for the eventual winners, notching a 33-ball 68.

Fellow batters Ejaz Aziz and Jaffary Kanyita had a good day at the crease nailing 30 runs and 38 runs respectively.

Jaffary put his aggressiveness to show, blasting two sixes and seven boundaries.

Experienced member of the outfit, Azim Thakur, chipped in with a 12-ball 19, which included three boundaries.

The squad’s hopes for progression to the knockout stage went up in smokes, given they lost to Lions by eight wickets in the third game.

Young Muslims were skittled for 76 runs in 18.1 overs after they were presented with the opportunity to bat first.

Lions chased a modest target of 77 runs, losing two wickets in nine overs.

Gujrat Lions have already booked a place in the knockout round, which means they will merely be out to battle for an impressive record.

Lions will also take the pitch on Sunday, as they will lock horns with TNCC. Patel Samaj that have also missed out on qualification for the last eight will face Jain Sangh in Group B affair.

Teams, which are participating in this season's 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.

Karnataka Kings, Annadil Burhani, Kutchi Leva and Punjabi Kings make Group C, Group D teams include Surat Stars, Sandy Super Strikers, Ismaili Community and Caravans.

The tournament’s last eight duel have been slated for September 14 to September 21, teams which will make it to the semi-finals will clash for qualification for the final on September 22.

The tournament’s final will be played on September 29.