Tanga Women Combine wins 2021 National Women T20 Championship silverwa

01Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanga Women Combine wins 2021 National Women T20 Championship silverwa

TANGA Women Combine’s cricketers have clinched the 2021 National Women T20 Championship’s trophy with a five-run victory over Dar Women Combine in a thrilling final at Usagara ground in Tanga early this week.

Tanga Women Combine’s cricketers pictured with a trophy after completion of the 2021 National Women T20 Championship, which took place in Tanga from June 18-27. Tanga Women Combine lifted the tournament silverware, edging Dar Women Combine by five runs in the final. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

Tanga Women Combine were put in to bat first, notching 124 runs, dropping two wickets in 20 overs, thanks solid batting showing by Swaumu Godfrey.

Swaumu, one of the squad's consistent performers in the competition, made her presence count, when she was slotted in as the opener, notching 61 runs consisting of three fours.

The all-rounder linked with fellow opener, Hudaa Mrisho, in the first four overs, making it a point their squad had set out t end the innings with a bigger score.

Hudaa's stint was ended after five overs, she was dismissed by Dar Women Combine's Tatu Bakari, with the all-rounder notching 21 runs, which included two fours.

The skipper’s dismissal had left the hosts reaching 28 runs after 5.2 overs.

Top order batter, Jenipher Gabriel, saw to it her squad still has what it takes to score an imposing total, recording 29 runs not out.

Dar Women Combine put spirited showing, seeking to mount successful chase, which did not come to fruition.

The Dar es Salaam girls ended notching 119 runs, losing seven wickets in 20 overs.

Tanga Women Combine sought to frustrate Dar Women Combine’s chase early on, after dismissing opener, Nasra Hamza.

Nasra, who has so far played pivotal role, when it came to Dar Women Combine's progression t the final ended with five runs.

She could not make good run, eventually facing dismissal via run out that was orchestrated by Mwanamvua Hamisi. 

It was therefore left to fellow opener, Mwanaidi Ibrahim, Neema Justine and Monica Paschal to give the rest of the batters motivation.

The three cricketers, key players in the team, made their presence count with solid showing, ending with two-digit figures, although they could not help their squad realize the chase.

Mwanaidi ended as the batter with most runs, notching 28 runs which included three fours.

Neema scored 25 runs, which included a four, in an equally stellar showing, whereas chipped in with 20 runs, blasting three fours.

Dar Women Combine kept on showcasing stubbornness, with Winfrida Jeremiah that was also one of top order batters notching 13 runs.

Although middle order batters, Happy George and Zena Hassan, made their way back with unbeaten spells, the duo failed t bail their squad out.

Tanga Women Combine's Amina Hassan posted two wickets in her squad's successful efforts to keep Dar Women Combine's batting unit in check.

Winners Tanga Women Combine and second-placed Dar Women Combine received trophies and cash prizes for their achievement.

Players who put impressive displays as well got prizes.

Arusha Women Combine youthful cricketer Sabrina Salim was voted as the showdown's best upcoming player.

The champions' cricketer Swaumu won the National Women T20 Championship's best player honour.

Moro Women Combine skipper Fatuma Omary laid her hands o the competition's best bowler gong.

Regional cricket sides, Arusha Women Combine, Dar es Salaam Women Combine, Morogoro Women Combine, and Tanga Women Combine, took part in the showpiece hosted by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA).

The showpiece moreover served as an opportunity that TCA will use to select players set to form the national U-19 women squad which will take part in the ICC Africa U-19 Women showdown.

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