Tz women’s cricket squad clinches 2022 Kwibuka T20 tourney's trophy

21Jun 2022
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tz women’s cricket squad clinches 2022 Kwibuka T20 tourney's trophy

​​​​​​​TANZANIA's senior national women's cricket team has clinched the 2022 Kwibuka T20 tournament's trophy with a 44-run victory over Kenya in the showdown final held at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in Kigali last weekend.

Tanzania's senior national women's cricket team and the squad's officials pose for a photo with the overall winners' trophy after triumphing in the 2022 Kwibuka women's T20 tournament which climaxed in Rwanda last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TANZANIA CRICKET ASSOCIATI0N

Perice Zakayo was impressive at the crease as Tanzania women's squad started to bat and notched 114 runs all out in the allotted 20 overs.

The promising cricketer, coming on at number seven, notched 29 runs that consisted of three fours to end as the batter with the most runs.

Skipper, Fatuma Omary, was once again in impressive form at the crease and ended with a two-digit figure, chipping in with 17 runs that consisted of three fours.

Top-order batter, Shufaa Hamza, and low-order batter Neema Justine as well ended with meaningful performance, as Shufaa recorded 19 runs and Neema chipped in with 14 runs not out.

Skipper Queentor Abel and fellow bowler Esther Wachira notched two wickets apiece for Kenya women’s team.

Tanzania women’s squad thereafter solidly defended its total, restricting Kenya women’s side to 70 runs all out in 20 overs when the latter were chasing the former's total.

Esther ended as the top run-getter with 17 runs, Daisy Njoroge had 14 runs, opener Sarah ended with 13 runs and Venasa Ooko notched 10 runs as efforts by Kenya women’s side to mount a successful chase ended in vain.

Perice was adjudged the Player of the Match for her solid batting showing, which was instrumental in her team's success.

The overjoyed Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) information officer, Atif Salim, congratulated the senior national women's squad for lifting the showdown's top honour.

The official pointed out: "A big thank you to Minister for Culture, Arts, and Sports, Mohamed Mchengerwa, for his continuous support to the game of cricket."

Salim further applauded Mchengerwa for issuing a congratulatory message to the senior national women's team after its triumph in the competition.

"In the same breath, TCA also extends its gratitude to the Tanzania High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Makanzo, for his support to the side, the envoy was ever-present in Kigali while the girls were competing on the field," Salim stated.

The official noted: "We also extend our thanks to the hosts Rwanda Cricket Association for hosting a wonderful tournament that was followed by the whole world and making it an international spectacle. We were glad and privileged to be part of it."

"At TCA, we are humbled by the love that the senior national women's team has received throughout the tournament from every Tanzanian and cricket fan in the world," he said.

Gahanga International Cricket Stadium and IPR Kicukiro Cricket ground were the two venues for the tournament that was played in a round-robin format followed by play-offs.

The event is conducted under the supervision of the Rwanda Cricket Association.

While Kenya was the defending champion, Uganda and Tanzania have been the showdown champions in the past.

Kenya has, on the one hand, won its fourth title in 2021, the squad's previous three wins came in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Uganda on the other hand has won twice, in 2014 and 2016. Tanzania had previously won the competition just once, in 2019.

The inaugural season of the Kwibuka T20 tournament was played in 2014 and since then the competition has been held annually.

In 2020, the tournament did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the flagship event of the women’s cricket calendar in Rwanda.

Through this tournament, the cricket community gets a chance to contribute to Rwanda’s healing process because of the atrocities committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The participating teams get a chance to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and take a look at what the country went through during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Apart from this, the teams get the opportunity to visit other places in Rwanda.

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