Tanzania grabs first win in ICC Tourney

29May 2016
Japheth Kazenga
Guardian On Sunday
Tanzania grabs first win in ICC Tourney

TANZANIA senior cricketers registered their first win in the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, trouncing Vanuatu by seven wickets at the Grainville venue in Jersey on Friday.


After having won the toss, Vanuatu opted to bat and were bowled out for 149 runs with seven balls remaining in the team’s innings.

The team got off to a wobbly start in the innings, in which opener, Jonathan Dunn, was dismissed for four runs off 17 balls whilst fellow opening batsman, Joshua Rasu, and NalinNipiko, who batted at number three, fell to Tanzania’s bowler, Ali Mpeka, for duck.

Skipper, Andrew Mansale, finished as Vanuatu’s top run getter, nailing 60 off 124 balls (two boundaries). The other notable contribution came from Ronald Tari, who posted 35 runs off 72 balls (two boundaries).

JelanyChilia andJamal Virawere Vanuatu’s other batsmen with double digit figures, notching 19 runs off39 balls (one sixer) and 18 runs off 22 balls (two boundaries) respectively.

Spinner RizikiKiseto, starred with the ball for Tanzania, in which he finished his spell with an impressive figure of three wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs.
ArunDagar, Khalil Rehemtulla and Mpeka also immensely contributed in frustrating Vanuatu’s attempt to post a massive total, in which the trio took two wickets each in 10, 9.5 and nine overs respectively.

With an achievable target in their sight, Tanzania made the most of their innings, cantering to the win for the loss of three wickets in 42.1 overs.

Openers, Jitin Singh and AbhikPatwa, put behind the disappointment of less impressive batting in previous matches by notching23 runs off 62 balls (one boundary) and 28 runs off 38 balls (three boundaries).

The team’s best batting showing came from KassimNassor, who nailed unbeaten 50 runs off 73 balls (seven boundaries) , with Kishen Kamania also chipping in handsomely with unbeaten 25 runs off 53 balls (two boundaries.

The win has left Tanzania in the fifth position with two points in the five games and a net run rate of -1.33.

Tanzania had all but lost hope on qualifying for the Division 4 tournament after having suffered four consecutive losses in the Jersey tournament.

The team had opened its campaign with a loss to Nigeria last weekend and the former went on to concede defeat to Guernsey, Jersey and Oman in the next three games.

With net run rate separating Vanuatu, Tanzania and bottom-placed Nigeria, the Friday’s third and fourth positions’ play off between Vanuatu and Guernsey was bound to decide a team that will join either Tanzania or Nigeria in relegation to the Division 6.

Hosts Jersey and Oman, which were expected to meet in the final yesterday, have won promotion for the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 scheduled for later this year.

Jersey wound up the round robin stage by cruising to a 10-wicket win over Nigeria on Friday, whereas Oman recorded a two-wicket win over Guernsey.

The ICC World Cricket League offers teams chance to get promoted right up to Division 2, which is the final stage in the pathway to qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which is ICC’s four-day first class competition for Associate and Affiliate members, as well as the 50-over ICC World Cricket League Championship.