Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

27 January 2013

Tanzania: Top Cricket League Takes Shape

MAXX Changers beat Castle Lager Rockets by 8 wickets at the ongoing Advanced Players League (APL), at the Leaders Club ground in Dar es Salaam.

Castle Lager Rockets won the toss and elected to bat first and in their 1st Innings they managed to score 161/6 in 20 overs. Seif Khalifa scored 32 runs off 26 balls before he was caught by Hamisi Abdallah. Willem Mostert scored 59 runs off 47 balls. In reply, Maxx Changers managed to score 162/2 in 16.5 over.

Abhik Patwa scored 33runs after facing 16 balls, while Christophe Watling hit 49 runs not out off 40 balls. Timothy Morgan was also not out posting 43 runs off 31. In the second match Castle Lager Rockets won by 32 runs against Gyproc Striker. Castle Lager Rockets went to bat first and in their 1st Innings they scored 219 runs for 7 wickets in allotted 20 overs.

South African professional player Brian Tyrone Isitt was caught by Inidan Shrideep Mangela. He scored 44 runs off 15 balls. Other notable contribution came from Arun Dagar who hit half a century with 74 runs not out after facing 32 balls. In reply, Gyproc Strikers scored 187 runs for 8 wickets in allotted 20 overs.

Jaideep Pardesi scored 70 runs off 28 balls, while Issa Kikasi was bowled by Suraj Jani but managed a score of 46 runs off 35 balls. The tournament is organized by the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), with a view to improving the performance of local players by providing regular 50 overs and Twenty/20 competitive opportunities to players who are keen to play competitive games.

At least 12 professional cricket players from South Africa, Kenya, India and UK will join four local teams for this year's event. The APL 2013 will be the fifth edition of the event. The inaugural event took place in 2009.

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