Dar flop at ICC cricket

27May 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Dar flop at ICC cricket

TANZANIA’s senior cricket team is all but gazing at relegation to the ICC World Cricket League Division 6 after succumbing to an embarrassing nine-wicket loss to Oman in the Division 5 tournament in Jersey on Wednesday.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Tanzanian team, which also lost to Nigeria, Guernsey and hosts, Jersey, in the previous games.

Poor batting turned out to be Tanzania’s biggest drawback to an attempt to turn around the team’s fortunes in the Wednesday game, given the squad failed to forge meaningful batting partnership that could have helped it post a convincing total.

Oman won the toss and put Tanzania in to bat first, in which the latter managed 94 runs all out in 32.5 overs.
Shaheed Dhanani (32 runs off 52 balls, four boundaries) and opener, Abhik Patwa (28 runs off 54 balls, four boundaries) were, so far, Tanzania’s batsmen with notable performance in the innings.

Middle order batsman, Riziki Kiseto, chipped in with 12 runs off 29 balls (one boundary), whereas Kassim Nassor, who had impressive scores in the previous three matches, could only manage nine runs off 28 balls (one boundary).

Oman’s Aamir Kaleem led the team’s bowling onslaught, finishing with impressive figures of five wickets for 23 runs in 8.5 overs and was ably assisted by Rajesh Ranpura and skipper, Ajay Lalcheta, who took two wickets apiece for 18 and 17 runs in six and seven overs, respectively.

Oman then got down to a chase of their opponents’ score with relative ease, cantering to the win for the loss of one wicket in mere 17.3 overs.

Unbeaten 62 runs off 57 balls (nine boundaries) by opening batsman, Zeeshan Maqsood, turned out to be decisive in the team’s quest for a successful chase, with Vaibhav Wategaonkar and Khawar Ali eventually sealing the win by recording unbeaten 19 runs off 24 balls (two boundaries) and 15 runs off 24 balls (three boundaries).

With Tanzania having failed to register a win in its four outings, the squad was glued to the bottom of the tournament’s standings as of Wednesday with no point and a poor net run rate of -2.05.

Oman, the only team that has yet to lose a match in the tournament, continued maintaining its grip on the top position with eight points and a net run rate of 2.19.

The second and third positions were occupied by Guernsey and Jersey respectively, with six points apiece from three wins and one loss. Vanuatu and Nigeria came fourth and fifth, respectively, with one win and three defeats.

In other matches played the same day, Vanuatu comprehensively beat Nigeria by 110 runs at the FB Fields, whilst Jersey beat Guernsey by seven wickets at the Farmers Field.

The results mean that should Jersey beat Nigeria today and Oman beat Guernsey, then Oman and Jersey get promoted to Division 4.

If both Jersey and Guernsey win, then net run rate will decide promotion spots between Jersey, Guernsey and Oman. Should Guernsey win and Jersey lose, Oman and Guernsey are promoted.

If both Jersey and Guernsey lose, Oman are promoted, and it is net run rate to decide which of Jersey and Guernsey join them.

The playoffs for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions have been scheduled for tomorrow at the FB Fields and Farmers Field. respectively. The day will also see the final take place at the Grainville venue.

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