TANZANIA’s desire to successfully bounce back in continental cricket was realized on Thursday when the senior national cricket team qualified for the ICC Africa Division 1 Twenty20 Qualifiers after finishing second in the Division 2 tournament in Benoni, South Africa.
Senior national cricketers battled heroically to occupy the second spot behind champions, Botswana, in the eight-team tournament, which is among a series of regional qualifiers for the 2016 ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which will be hosted by India.
Tanzania cruised to a 41-run victory over Mozambique in one of the final day’s matches played at the Sahara Park Willowmoore venue on Thursday and that handed the East African side the second position, with Botswana laying hands on silverware following a 67-run win over Seychelles.
Statistics released by the African Cricket Association (ACA) revealed that Tanzania has registered a total of six wins out of seven outings and lost one match to finish with 12 points and, although Botswana also finished with six victories and a defeat, the latter emerged champions on the basis of having the better net run rate of 1.876.
Botswana, whose only defeat came in the match against Tanzania, scored a total of 880 runs in the seven matches with a run rate of 7.287 in 120.83 overs. The Southern African side conceded a total of 757 runs in 140 overs with a run rate of 5. 407.
Tanzania scored a total of 917 runs from the seven matches in 123.67 overs with a run rate of 7.415. The team conceded a total of 805 runs in 140 overs with a run rate of 5.750 to ultimately finish with a net run rate of 1.665.
Despite tying the top two teams on the number of wins and defeat, Zambia came third and consequently lost out on qualification for the ICC Africa Division 1 Twenty20 Qualifiers. Zambia scored a total of 931 from seven matches and the total was so far the highest in the event but the team conceded 867 runs in 140 overs with a run rate of 6.193 and that left the team settle for the net run rate of 0.996.
Ghana, which was one of the best performers in the last year’s Division 2 event, came fourth this time around with a total of 924 runs in 140 overs with a run rate of 6.600. The West African side conceded a total of 750 runs to finish with a net run rate of 0.940. Other participating teams were Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland and Sierra Leone, which took the fifth, sixth, seventh and last positions respectively.
Tanzania’s progression to the ICC Africa Division 1 Twenty20 Qualifiers has, for that matter, helped the team put behind bitter memories of a disappointing show in this year’s ICC World Cricket League Division 4 played in Malaysia last month, in which the team finished last.
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