Tanzania women’s cricketsquad makes it to2022 Kwibuka T20tourney final

18Jun 2022
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania women’s cricketsquad makes it to2022 Kwibuka T20tourney final

​​​​​​​TANZANIA senior women’s cricket team has secured progression to the 2022 Kwibuka T20 tournament's final after commanding a 10-wicket drubbing of Brazil women’s side in a tie that took place in Rwanda on Thursday.

Tanzania senior women’s cricket team's Tabu Omary (R) is presented with the Player of the Match award by an officer shortly after the squad had locked horns with Nigeria women’s team in Kigali on Wednesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TANZANIA CRICKET ASSOCIATI0N

The in-form Tanzania women's squad was once again dominant on the pitch, easily tormenting its Brazil counterpart and maintaining an unbeaten run.

Brazil women’s side could only notch 57 runs, dropping nine wickets in 19.1 overs, when the team had won the toss and elected to start batting in the tie that took place at IPR Kicukiro cricket ground.

Top-order batter Lauracardoso Martins Villas-Boas was the batter with the most runs during the squad's innings, ending with 17 runs that included two boundaries.

The squad's skipper Robertamoretti Avery had time to notch 10 runs as her team was having trouble facing the Tanzania women's squad's bowling unit's ruthlessness.

The other top-order batter Renatade Souza was four runs short of a two-digit figure from her 23-ball spell at the crease.

Low-order batter Nicolecervone Monteiro posted five runs during the latter stages as the team's wickets continued tumbling.

Tanzania women’s team's bowling unit had no mercy for Brazil women’s team's batting unit, with the former's performer Tabu Omary leading the onslaught.

Tabu that won the Player of the Match prize when Tanzania confronted Rwanda on Tuesday was once again in impressive form against Brazil, notching three wickets and giving away 12 runs in 3.2 overs.

She was ably assisted by Perice Zakayo and Tatu Bakari that recorded two wickets apiece in their respective four-over stints.

Tanzania women's squad batting unit hardly drained a sweat in its pursuit of the target, notching 58 runs without losing a wicket in mere 7.3 overs.

Skipper Fatuma Omary solidly partnered fellow opening batter, Shufaa Hamza, and won the tie for the showdown's pace setters.

Fatuma kept on making her experience count, nailing 22 runs not out that comprised a four, while Shufaa Hamza, pushed to the opening batting role for the first time, scored 24 runs not out that included four fours.

Tanzania women's squad's quest for the successful chase was boosted by 12 extras that Brazil women’s team had given away.

The day's other matches ended with wins for Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. Rwanda beat Nigeria by 23 runs at IPR Kicukiro cricket ground, with Marie Diane Bimenyimana garnering Player of the Match's prize for the tournament hosts.

Kenya stepped up its pursuit of qualification for the showdown's final, notching a 44-run victory over Germany.

Uganda clobbered Botswana by nine wickets, with Janet Mbabazi winning the Player of the Match award for the duel's winners.

Tanzania, which has notched a victory in seven matches it has taken part in, will likely confront the closest challenger Kenya, which is lately positioned second, in the final that has been scheduled for today.

The showdown's fifth place and seventh place play-off ties had been slated for yesterday, the third-place play-off, and the final will take place today.

Brazil women’s squad is one of two competitors from outside the African continent invited to battle it out in the annual showdown. Germany's senior women’s cricket team is the other squad.

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