Tanzania won its first game of its tour of UK against Middlesex XI by 23 runs at Watford Town Cricket Club on Monday.
Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat first scoring 161 against a quality Middlesex XI bowling attack, most of whom have played in the premier league and counties.
The visitors had a good batting start with top order partnerships between Abhik Patwa and Enjo Sethi to push up score to 60 for the loss of one wicket in the first 10 overs. However, after the dismissal of this partnership, the middle order collapsed. Issa Kikasi (36 not out), who went in to bat at number eight when the score was 112-7 held the innings together to reach the Tanzanian tally of 161.
Tanzania did not give up its hopes and fought back strongly to defend its low score, dismissing Middlesex XI for 138 runs all out in 42 overs. A brilliant and discipline bowling spell from the 19-year-old left-arm leg spinner, Harsh Ramaiya, ripped through the batting order by taking six wickets in his spell of 10 overs and conceding only 12 runs.
Tanzania tours England as preparation for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 tournament in Bologna, scheduled from August 14-21. It will join Nepal, USA, Italy, Cayman Islands and Argentina to compete in the next stage of the competition as the teams push ultimately towards inclusion in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.