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By Tony Munro
Tanzania have won two, drawn one and lost one of the opening four games of the current tour of the United Kingdom.
The tourists scored 167 for 8 in 40 overs in their first innings on tour before an Indian Gymkhana outfit containing full-time players from Dehli replied with 168 for 3 in 36 overs.
In the second game, Birmingham Civil Service were all out for 67 before rain halted proceedings after Tanzania were 11 for 1 from two overs. The match was abandoned when no further play was possible.
The visitors secured their first win on tour when West Harrow CC was removed for 111, and Tanzania needed just 22 overs to score 112 with seven wickets remaining. It was a three wicket win in the fourth game against Watford Town CC when Tanzania overtook the home team's 146 for 8.
The pitches back home in Dar Es Salaam are normally flat and docile, making Tanzania's batting performance commendable.
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