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Impressive start for FITCO Wanderers, Expatriates cricketers

Arusha Regional Cricket Commitee (ARCC) has organized the tournament in a bid to promote the sport in the region, apart from using the event to prepare the participating players ahead of major domestic competitions. FITCO Wanderers, former Tigo Trophy champions, were too strong for AMMA Tigers in the first match played in the morning, in which the former garnered a resounding nine-wicket win to earn crucial morale boost in the campaign. 

AMMA Tigers had the opportunity to start batting in the Twenty20-formatted game and scored 91 runs, losing all wickets in the allotted 20 overs.  Despite attempting to put a good fight particularly early on in the innings, AMMA Tigers' batsmen eventually lost steam in the face of spirited fielding by FITCO Wanderers and the former consequently failed to reach three digit total with just nine runs needed. 

The dismissal of openers, one Joseph (seven runs) and Aashash (eight runs) after a few knocks inspired AMMA Tigers' other top order batsmen to play their hearts out in an effort to stay in control of the innings.  Jaspal had two boundaries on his way to posting 17 runs off 25 balls and forged a promising partnership with one Abhilash (15 runs off 14 balls), who also blasted a six, to ensure AMMA Tigers' quest for a convincing total was sustained.

FITCO Wanderers' Nick Jr had an impressive four-wicket haul in his bowling spell, conceding 15 runs in three overs, followed by Ian Coulquhon (2-10 in four overs), Mike Hookes (1-13 in two overs), Roger Hastings (1-18 in three overs) and one Clint (1-17 in four overs). 

In response, FITCO Wanderers deployed their experience in the chase to eventually reach the target for the loss of only one wicket in mere eight overs.  Wayne (unbeaten 31 runs off 22 balls), who had four boundaries and a six in his batting spell, formed solid partnership with Nick Jr (41 runs off 21 balls), who blasted eight boundaries and a six in between, to propel Wanderers to a smooth chase, with Mike Becknor (unbeaten eight runs off four balls) stepping up later to realize the win after the dismissal of Nick Jr. 

AMMA Tigers' Joseph (1-31 in three overs) took the only wicket the team could manage in the futile attempts to frustrate Wanderers' chase.   In the second match played at the same venue in the afternoon, Expatriates SC commanded an eight-wicket drubbing of Telugu Vaani, who are slowly acclimatizing to competitive top flight cricket in the region. 

Telugu Vaani batted first in the game and scored 94 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs, with top order batsmen contributing immensely to the side's total.  One Ravi (24 runs), Raju (16 runs), Jason Barry (unbeaten 13 runs) and Subbarao, who also notched 13 runs, combined with other batsmen to bring their team's total to within six runs short of a triple digit target but failed to make headway in the closing stages. 

Expatriates SC's wicket takers were Sai (2-12 in four overs), Ajay (2-13 in four overs) and Ravi (1-8 in three overs).   Expatriates SC, on reply, reached the target for the loss of two wickets in 10.4 overs to secure the convincing win. Solid batting by Ajay (51 runs not out including seven boundaries and a sixer) played key role in the chase, with Sundeep (19 runs not out), Udaini (12 runs) and Ravi (five runs).

Simba SC skipper John Bocco ...

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Author: JAPHETH KAZENGA

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