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NCF Women T20i invitational tournament: Tanzania hands Nigeria first defeat

Posted : 26 February 2024

Nema Pius, the captain of the Tanzania team in the Nigeria Cricket Federation Women T20i invitational tournament on Monday, attributed the win over the host nation to a plot to make more use of their batsmen.


Pius gave the revelation on the sidelines of the first match of Match Day 2 of the ongoing NCF Women T20i invitational tournament. The NCF Women T20i Invitational Tournament was kicked off yesterday at the Tafawa Balewa Oval Square, with four countries in attendance.


The countries in attendance are Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The first game of Match Day 2 had Tanzania win by an unassailable 39 runs over the Yellow Green of Nigeria. Nigeria only managed 85 runs on the board during their batting, dropping eight wickets in 20 overs, while Tanzania got 134 runs, dropping only four wickets in 20 overs.


While giving the secret of the team having an edge over Nigeria, the captain of the Tanzanian team, Pius, said they also needed to atone for the loss the team recorded in Match Day 1 against Rwanda.


''We are the highest-ranked team in the tournament, which is an edge, but aside from that, we have better batsmen in our team.


''We believe in our batsmen; there are about 15 of them on the team who are good at batting, so if anyone is out, we can have a good replacement.


''We also have other good players behind the batsmen.


''Our goal is to win the tournament and also to learn from other teams how they are playing as well, which is a good experience for us, '' she said.


Perice Kamunga, from Tanzania, the winner of the ''Players of the Match'' prize of N150, 000, disclosed that she was ecstatic about the award.

''I am very happy for the award as the player of the match. It's not an easy feat to be a standout player; you have to be consistent. We have to play better against Nigeria because we lost our first match yesterday, and we must be stronger now and not repeat yesterday's mistakes but learn from them. I won the award because I am more determined to make an impact, '' she said.


Nigeria won the first match of the NCF Women T20i Invitational Tournament with a 54-run win over Sierra Leone. The Female Yellow Greens' batting saw them coast to 137 runs for the loss of two wickets in 20 overs.


However, Nigeria's conqueror at Match Day 2, Tanzania, lost their first game to Rwanda in a 33-run defeat. The Tanzanian team could only manage 86 runs all-out in 16.4 overs. The four-nation tournament will be played until March 4 in a round-robin format, with the team with the highest point going home with the title.


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