Tanzania collapse at ICC qualifiers

19Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania collapse at ICC qualifiers

TANZANIA U-19 cricketers have failed to make their presence felt in this year’s ICC Africa Division 2 World Cup qualifiers after managing to register only one victory in the event.

The seven-team qualifiers, which takes place at the Sahara Park Willowmoore venue, saw the Tanzanian youngsters concede defeat to Sierra Leone and Zambia in the first two games.

In the third and fourth games against Botswana and Ghana, Tanzania team lost by 59 and 120 runs, respectively.

The four defeats left Tanzania’s U19 team occupy the sixth position as of last Friday, with Ghana leading the rest of the pack after recording five wins out of as many games.

The Tanzanian youngsters had managed a net run rate of -1,473, recording a total of 455 runs and leaking 639 runs. The team had also taken a total of 26 wickets and lost 40.

The Tanzanian youngsters’ first and only win came in the game against Rwanda, in which the former overcame the latter by 90 runs.

Poor batting has resulted to be Tanzania U19 team’s biggest weakness, as the squad has not failed to post challenging totals when batting first but also faltered dismally when chasing opponents’ scores.

The team, for instance, managed to restrict Ghana to 194 runs all out in 49.1 overs in the game played last Thursday but, in response, they disappointingly failed to chase the total, collapsing at 74 runs all out in 29.3 overs.

Tanzania team, somewhat, managed to flex their muscles against modest opponents in Rwanda in the game that saw the former bat first and record 134 runs all out in 34.4 overs.

Rwanda in response, failed to chase Tanzania U19 team’s score, the losers were skittled for 44 runs in 21.4 overs.

Tanzania team was expected to wind up its campaign yesterday be playing Nigeria in a game that will have impact as far as the former’s chances of making it to the ICC U-19 World Cup.