Cricketers lose third ICC match in a row

26May 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Cricketers lose third ICC match in a row

TANZANIA’s senior cricketers failed to snap their losing streak in the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Division 5 after suffering 85-run loss to Jersey at the latter’s venue,FB Fields, on Tuesday.

It turned out to be the third consecutive loss for Tanzania, who went down to Nigeria and Guernsey in the first two opening matches.

The hosts won the toss, elected to bat and went on to score 273 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Unbeaten 103 runs off 88 balls (six boundaries and three sixes) by Benjamin Stevens contributed immensely to the team’s acquisition of the convincing total, with the squad’s five other batsmen chipping in double digit figures.

Nathaniel Watkins scored 33 runs off 45 balls (three boundaries), Corniles Bodenstein posted 28 runs off 49 balls (two boundaries), skipper Peter Gough was three runs short of a half century off 64 balls (four boundaries and a six), Corey Bisson scored unbeaten 21 runs off 15 balls (three boundaries) and Jonty Jenner had 17 runs off 32 balls (a boundary).

Tanzania then got down to a determined chase of Jersey’s score but eventually, managed to post 188 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs.

Shaheed Dhanani and Kassim Nassor had impressive spells with the bat, scoring 42 runs apiece off 71 and 73 balls, respectively.

The team’s two other batsmen, Abhik Patwa and Arun Dagar, managed to keep Jersey bowlers at bay for a while to score 22 runs off 45 balls (three boundaries) and unbeaten 34 runs off 23 balls (three boundaries and a six) respectively, but the rest of the batsmen faltered.

Jersey’s Ben Kynman took two wickets for 27 runs in eight overs and Charles Perchard finished his spell with the ball with two wickets for 24 runs in four overs to frustrate Tanzania’s chase.

The defeat has categorically dashed away Tanzania’s hopes of securing qualification for the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 and the team will have to focus on maintaining its place in the Division 5.

Overcoming Oman and Vanuatu in the remaining two matches is, thus, a must for Tanzania if the latter are to have any hopes of remaining in the Division 5.

Tanzania had been positioned fifth in the tournament’s standings without a point from the squad’s three outings as of Tuesday.

Guernsey were at the top of the standing with six points after winning all of the team’s three matches, with Oman, Jersey and Nigeria coming second, third and fourth, respectively.

The finalists in the event will secure qualification for the World Cricket League Division 4, the third and fourth positioned teams will remain in the Division 5 tournament.

The bottom two teams will be relegated to the World Cricket League Division 6.
The ICC World Cricket League offers teams chance to winpromoted right up to Division 2, which is the final stage in the pathway to qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which is ICC’s four-day first class competition for Associate and Affiliate members, as well as the 50-over ICC World Cricket League Championship.