Tanga teams excel in TCA Women Premier League   

19Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanga teams excel in TCA Women Premier League   

THE quest for the trophy in the maiden TCA Women Premier League has started in earnest, as Tanga’s Twiga Girls and Simba Queens, and Dar es Salaam’s Dar Combine Girls have got off to an impressive start in their respective games.

Dar es Salaam’s Dar Combine Girls’ cricket side warm up before facing Uluguru Girls of Morogoro in the TCA Women Premier League match at the University of Dar es Salaam venue early this month. 

Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) organizes the league which gears towards raising the standard of cricket in the country.

Khalil Rehemtulla, TCA Senior Development Coordinator, noted the ongoing downpour has forced the association to put the competition, which started in Tanga on September 22, on hold.

Twiga Girls and Simba Queens are holding the top two spots in Group B having recorded two victories in as many duels to collect four points apiece.

Kilimeru Girls and Arusha Girls of Arusha have been placed third and fourth respectively without a win in two outings.

In Group A, Dar Combined Girls are at the top of the log, boasting of the same number of wins and points.

Morogoro sides, Uluguru Girls and Moro Girls, hold the second and thirds spots respectively as they have not notched victory in their respective opening games.

Butimba Queens have been positioned last with no point, given they have yet to take part in any match.The participating teams participate in 40-over duels, which take place at Morogoro’s Sokoine University of of Agriculture (SUA) venue, Arusha’s Tanzania Game Trackers (TGT) venue, Annadil Burhani and University of Dar es Salaam grounds, and Usagara venue in Tanga.

Meanwhile, the national cricket governing body’s efforts to develop the sport from grassroots have gathered pace, given the association has conducted coaching courses in Morogoro and Arusha this month.Rehemtulla noted the association hosted the beginners coaching course in Morogoro Urban and Gairo districts early this month.

He pointed out he oversaw the training in cooperation with the association’s Senior Development Officer, Hamisi Abdallah, with 12 teachers from primary schools from across the region taking part in the course.Several national U-19 cricket side’s players as well took part in the course.

Rehemtulla noted the course focused on theory and practical training. The participants then took part in a test to substantiate their ability to implement skills they gained in the training.

He pointed out that he, assisted by national team players Kibwana Salum, Wilbert Mollel and Fatuma Omary, oversaw a cricket coaching clinic at Mafiga, Mji Mkuu and Kikundi primary schools in the following three days.

He said the schools’ teachers who participated in the course went for practical session, which included bowling, batting and fielding drills.

Hamisi disclosed : “TCA handed over 160 books, 32 compass sets and 32 school uniforms to winners and runners-up of junior competition, known as Chanzo Kriketi, which involved teams made up of the region’s primary schools’ pupils.”

According to the official, the event brought together 32 boys squads and 24 girls’ squads. Kanisani Primary School’s B squad won the boys’ category, cruising to victory over the school’s B team in the final.

The top honour in the girls’ category went to Magadu B squad that cruised to victory over Mji Mkuu B team.

In Gairo, as noted by Rehemtulla, TCA held coaching courses in the district’s 10 primary schools last weekend.

The association, the official disclosed, went on to conduct a coaching course in Arusha on Wednesday.Three TCA development officers and 13 primary school teachers took part in the course with the aim of improving their knowledge of the sport.

“The course’s opening day covered cricket equipment, role and types of coaches, emphasis on basics, training methods, planning a cricket training session, introduction to batting and the importance of basic fundamental principles of batting,” he noted.

“In the second day, the course covered introduction to bowling and bowling action, and introduction to fielding. The participants as well performed practical sessions of batting and fielding to put theory sessions into practice.”