Tanzania cricketers fall to Kenya in ICC Africa T20 Qualifiers

11Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania cricketers fall to Kenya in ICC Africa T20 Qualifiers

SENIOR national cricketers lost to Kenya by seven wickets in the ICC Africa T20 Sub Region B Qualifiers’ match at the Gahanga Stadium in Rwanda yesterday.

Senior national cricket team’s player, Kassim Nassor, bats against Jersey during the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey in 2016.

The senior national cricketers won the toss, elected to start batting and were skittled for 118 runs in 19.4 overs.

Jatin Darji had an impressive day with the bat as he surpassed the half century mark and ended as the side’s top run getter with 52 from 38 balls, with his score comprising three sixes and seven boundaries.

Zafar Khan and Nassib Kelvin chipped in with 12 runs from 15 balls and 11 runs from 15 balls. The duo blasted two boundaries apiece in their respective double digit figures.

The side’s top openers Jitin Singh and Abhik Patwa, though, failed to live up to expectations as they were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession, posting four runs from nine balls and five runs from nine balls respectively.

Needing 119 runs to win, Kenya got down to a successful chase for the loss of three wickets in 8.3 overs.

A 27-ball 72 by Rakep Patel, who was eventually voted as the man of the match, steered Kenya to the win.

Alex Obanda and Dhiren Gondaria also finished with double digit figures, scoring 18 runs from eight balls and 12 runs from six balls.

Spinner Riziki Kiseto stood out of the senior national cricket team’s bowlers with two wickets for 25 runs in three overs.

Senior national cricket team’s chances to progress to the Regional Finals are, for that matter, in doubt, following the defeat. The squad has to win the rest of its matches to keep alive hopes of making it to the Regional Finals.

The team is now occupying the third spot in the tournament with two points from three games, winning one and losing the other two.

Kenya and Uganda occupy the top two spots with six and four points respectively, whereas hosts Rwanda are at the bottom with no point.

Rwanda, who were expected to play Uganda later yesterday, have yet to register a win after three matches.

In today’s games, senior national cricketers will take on Uganda in the first match and the day’s second match will pit Rwanda against Kenya.

The top two teams in each group of the regional qualifiers advance to the regional finals tournament, which will determine two African entrants to the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers.