TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT ICC TWENTY20 AFRICA B REGIONAL QUALIFIERS

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT ICC TWENTY20 AFRICA B REGIONAL QUALIFIERS

 

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT ICC TWENTY20 AFRICA B REGIONAL QUALIFIERS

By Alvin Bagaya & Innocent Ndawula

The ICC Twenty20 Africa Regiona ‘B’ qualifier held at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium ended on Saturday 14th July 2018.

Dominated by the batsmen and some thrilling run chases, UgCricket picks the team of the tournament;

 

  1. Dhiren Gondaria (Kenya)

 

Silent assassin Ghondaria Diren walks off after destroying Uganda's target of 240.

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

UGANDA

37

20

185

5

2

TANZANIA

58

39

148.72

7

2

RWANDA

13

12

108.33

1

1

TANZANIA

12

6

200

1

1

RWANDA

56

31

180.65

4

5

UGANDA

90

46

195.65

5

7

 

For a calm individual Gondaria is a very violent batsman. And his rate of scoring is his most lethal aspect, as long as he spends time at the crease; good hands and a good eye. The classy right-hander famous for lofting bowlers over long off for maximums opens the batting for the team. Six Matches and 266 runs later at 44.3 and a strike rate of 172. Many teams would sleep easy knowing he will put on his gloves to walk out for ball one.

 

  1. Alex Obanda (Kenya)
Obanda of the famous "Machine Gun" celebration receives MOM award from Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

UGANDA

1

5

20

0

0

TANZANIA

108

61

177.05

8

8

RWANDA

30

17

176.47

2

3

TANZANIA

18

8

225

1

2

RWANDA

63

22

286.36

6

6

UGANDA

35

17

205.88

6

1

 

Alex Obanda, long time opener and destroyer of bowling figures opens the batting with his partner. One of the centurions of the tournament with 108(61). A dream opening pair for the team to attack the powerplay.

 

  1. Ronak Patel (Uganda)
Sublime touch; Ronak guides though point

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

KENYA

40

39

102.56

5

RWANDA

6

10

60

1

TANZANIA

33

41

80.49

4

RWANDA

65

47

138.3

11

TANZANIA

66*

45

146.67

7

KENYA

19

16

118.75

2

 

The game controller for Uganda who helped guide the run chase in the final game plays anchorman for the side. As consistent as you would hope the one down would be in supporting his team mates.

  1. Dinesh Nakrani (Uganda)
DM Nakrani the most dangerous man to bowl at in Gahanga international Cricket Stadium

The top batsman of series slots in at his favourite Number 4 spot to take over from the aggressive top order. Striking the ball at 189% he finished the tournament with an unassailable average of 80.

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

KENYA

102*

50

204

4

12

RWANDA

23

14

164.29

3

1

TANZANIA

32

11

290.91

3

3

RWANDA

74

44

168.18

7

4

TANZANIA

1

8

12.5

0

0

KENYA

88*

42

209.52

8

6

 

 

  1. Rakep Patel (Kenya)-WICKET KEEPER

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

UGANDA

14

14

100

2

0

TANZANIA

33*

14

235.71

5

1

RWANDA

11

10

110

2

0

TANZANIA

72

27

266.67

5

8

RWANDA

51

23

221.74

5

3

UGANDA

31

20

155

3

2

 

In maintaining the buildup of a strong middle order and solid batting line up, Rakep Patel takes the gloves and is at the frontline of the middle order.

 

  1. Muhammad Zafar Khan (Tanzania)

The 32 year old Zafar Khan picks up at the number 6 spot for his consistency in run getting for Tanzania averaging 46 and getting runs against every opponent, at the crucial times, including a winning knock of an unbeaten 48*(39) against Uganda in Tanzania’s big win.

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

RWANDA

60

40

150

10

0

KENYA

33

25

132

4

2

UGANDA

48*

39

123.08

1

4

KENYA

12

15

80

2

0

UGANDA

33

31

106.45

2

2

 

  1. Collins Obuya (Kenya)
Obuya showed his class in the tournament, a real match winner for Kenya at the crease

The veteran player showed he still has it in him to deliver the wins, he was always a sure match winner. Consistently got quick runs against every opponent digging Kenya out of trouble in Game 1.

Vs

Runs

Balls

SR

4s

6s

UGANDA

67

45

148.89

5

4

RWANDA

44*

35

125.71

1

2

TANZANIA

DNB

DNB

0

0

0

RWANDA

63

25

252

4

5

UGANDA

29

12

241.67

0

4

 

  1. Riazat Ali Shah (Uganda)
Riazat Ali Shah shone with bat and ball to win player of series

The all-rounder shone with both bat and ball enough to win man of series. Six Matches and Six innings with a high score of 96, he averaged a staggering 123.5 for the tournament with a strike rate of 226.

7 wickets for his 13 overs ensures that the middle order has an extra bowler/batsman for the team.

 

  1. Shem Ngoche (Kenya)- CAPTAIN
SLA spinner and Kenya Captain Shem Ngoche second highest wicket taker in Gahanga

Vs

Overs

Runs

Wickets

Econ

SR

RWANDA

4

23

4

5.75

6

UGANDA

3

45

0

15

0

TANZANIA

4

23

3

5.75

8

RWANDA

4

13

2

3.25

12

TANZANIA

4

35

2

8.75

12

UGANDA

3

13

1

4.33

18

 

The Kenya Captain completed his campaign with 12 wickets and BB of 4/23. Always a dangerous and wily operator with ball in hand and wicket taking option for his side, showing all of the experience, handy with the bat as well.

 

  1. Muhammad Irfan (Uganda)
Muhammad Irfan with his leg breaks was the peak of the bowling in Gahanga

VS

Overs

Runs

Wickets

Econ

SR

TANZANIA

4

9

3

2.25

8

KENYA

4

33

1

8.25

24

TANZANIA

4

22

1

5.5

24

RWANDA

4

12

5

3

4.5

RWANDA

4

22

3

5.5

8

KENYA

4

31

0

7.75

0

 

The perfect partner for Shem Ngoche; the spin twins led the bowling statistics in wickets taken. Irfan was the only bowler above 10 overs (Bowled 24) with an economy less than 6 for the tournament and picked the highest number of wickets (13) and the best strike rate in an innings (4.5) achieved against Rwanda (5/12 in 4 overs).

 

  1. Riziki Kiseto (Tanzania)

Vs

Overs

Runs

Wickets

SR

UGANDA

4

24

0

6

RWANDA

2

17

1

8.5

UGANDA

4

20

0

5

KENYA

3

25

2

8.33

KENYA

4

41

0

10.25

RWANDA

2

14

0

7

 

The Tanzanian spinner completes the triple threat of the spin department of the squad, with an economy of 7.42, Riziki didn’t pick as many wickets but his bowling was as miselry as could get in his 19 overs for the week on a bowler’s graveyard of a wicket. He completes the spin trident that will limit the free scoring batsmen.

 

 

 

 

  1. Yvan Mitari (Rwanda)
Songa, Uwimana & Niyomugabo of Rwanda Cricket Association talk strategy at Gahanga

Vs

Overs

Runs

Wkts

Econ

SR

KENYA

4

53

2

13.25

12

TANZANIA

3

30

1

10

18

UGANDA

4

45

2

11.25

12

KENYA

3

31

2

10.33

9

UGANDA

4

42

1

10.5

24

TANZANIA

4

28

1

7

24

 

The Medium pacer finished third highest wicket take of the tournament and makes up the change bowler department for the middle overs. The third of only three bowlers after Ngoche and Irfan to bowl 20+ overs for his side he picked 9 wickets for the tournament, abit costly but he did the job his captain needed him to do, pick wickets; collecting 7 against power hitting Uganda and Kenya in 15 overs.

 

  1. Elijah Otieno (Kenya)

Vs

Overs

Runs

Wickets

Econ

SR

RWANDA

4

14

2

3.5

12

TANZANIA

4

14

1

3.5

24

RWANDA

1

0

0

0

0

UGANDA

4

33

1

8.25

24

 

Veteran seamer Elijah Otieno will work in tandem with Riazat Ali in taking the new ball for the side. He brings his experience and conomy to the set up that has a strong spin attack.

 

  1. Eric Niyomugabo (Rwanda)

Vs

Overs

Runs

Wickets

SR

KENYA

3

40

0

13.33

TANZANIA

4

47

1

11.75

UGANDA

3

19

0

6.33

KENYA

4

16

1

4

UGANDA

4

39

2

9.75

TANZANIA

3

39

0

13

 

The Rwandan bowler completes the list of 14 having bowled his 21 overs at 9.52 on the receiving end of all the highest scoring teams of the tournament.