April 3, 2008

Tanzania

Tanzania: East African Tournament

Will Luke

From 8th to 11th Dec 2007 Cricket Kenya hosted the U15 boys and women’s open tournament in Nairobi, under the umbrella of Africa Cricket Association (ACA). The Tanzanian U15 boys team under the Development coach Riziki Kiseto, performed well, in spite of losing all their games. The big physical builds of the Ugandan, Kenyan and Rwandese U15 players over shadowed the tiny Tanzanian players forcing them to play their games in a shell.

It was indeed a good experience for all the East African youths that participated in this tournament who also got the opportunity to make new friends from the neighbouring countries through the game of cricket at a tender age.

The Tanzanian women’s team under the Development coach Hamisi Abadalla, became runners up in the women’s category comprising of teams from Uganda, Tanzania and the host Kenya. Tanzania women’s team failed to defend its championship title for the seventh consecutive year. This was the first time after six years that the Ugandan side managed to win over the Tanzania.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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