Tanga clinches TCA regional women tourney silverware 

25Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanga clinches TCA regional women tourney silverware 

TANGA women cricketers have won this year’s Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Regional Women Tournament, which climaxed in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Tanga regional women cricket team in a group picture after the Regional Women tournament’s match against Morogoro in Dar es Salaam last weekend. Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) organized the event.

The national cricket governing organized the T20-formatted tournament, which started on April 13, with a view to improving female cricketers’ performance.

The competition was also a platform for the body to select players for the senior national women team, which will take part in the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifiers Africa slated for May 5-12 in Zimbabwe.

Six regional outfits, namely Arusha, Morogoro, Mwanza, Tanga and Dar es Salaam, featured in the tournament, with University of Dar es Salaam ground and Annadil Burhani oval hosting games.

Tanga girls turned out to be the most impressive performers in the competition in which they won eight matches, lost one and got one point in the other which was washed out.

Tanga girls, comprising a number of players that as well play for the senior national women team, wrapped their campaign on a sound note, trouncing Morogoro girls by 58 runs.

After winning the toss, Tanga girls chose to bat and went on to post 102 runs for four wickets in 20 overs.

Hudaa Mrisho led the squad’s quest for a convincing total, noting 41 runs which consisted of three fours.

Swaumu Godfrey and Sophia Franck, as well, chipped in with double digit figure, scoring 14 runs and 10 runs not out respectively. Nasra Nassor, who came on at number three, had a day to forget given she had a short spell at the crease, notching six runs.

Martha Calist had the best bowling spell for Morogoro girls, in which she took two wickets for 10 runs in four overs.

In response, Morogoro girls, largely consisting of inexperienced performers, were duly punished for their batting flaws, recording 44 runs for all wickets in 19.1 overs.

Irene Mathew had the only notable contribution in the innings as she notched 13 runs which included a four.

Jennifer Gabriel, Nasra Nassor and Mwanaidi Amani stifled the opponents’ chase, as Jennifer finished her spell with three wickets, Nasra and Mwanaidi registered two wickets apiece.

Arusha girls wrapped their participation in the competition with a victory, cruising to a three-wicket win over Morogoro girls in a game that took place earlier the same day.

Arusha girls won the toss and opted to bowl. Morogoro scored 40 runs for eight wickets in their innings that ended with meaningful contribution coming from Irene that notched 11 runs.

Aisha Rajab stood out of the rest of Arusha girls’ bowlers, finishing her spell with three wickets and conceding two runs.

It was not plain sailing for Arusha girls in the chase, as they cantered to the win for the loss of seven wickets in 16.2 overs.

Openers Linda Justine and Gertrude Leopold were the top run getters in the chase, posting six runs apiece.