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Botswana U17 boys participate in first ever two-day match

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 3:37 PM

The South Gaborone Tau (Lions) and the Central Gaborone Tshukudu (Rhinos), twp newly formed teams that will be involved in the U17 Botswana Premier League later in the year, played the first ever two-day match on Botswana soil at the BCA Oval on the 16 and 17 July 2011.

Central Gaborone Tshukudu batted first and Tau's bowlers gained the upper hand by taking regular wickets and even after a short bout of resistance from Tshukudu batsmen Huzaifar Babar and Sheldon Frost for a partnership of 25 runs, the wheels came off the Tshukudu innings with the loss of quick wickets and finally being bowled out for 76. Opening bowler Thatayaone Tshose, being the pick of the Tau bowlers with 13 overs, 6 maidens, 19 runs for 3 wickets.

South Gaborone Tau went into bat on Day 1 and after a shaky start to their innings at 24-4 off 23 overs, Tshukudu skipper Thuso Motlogelwa and Thatayaone Tshose held the fort and put in a partnership of 68 runs before both were dismissed towards the close of play, Thatayaone getting caught off a rising delivery at midwicket for 32 and Thuso Motlogelwa being bowled by Tumelo Molema after making his 50. Tshukudu ended the day's play on 146 for 8.

Day 2 saw South Gaborone Tau resume their innings and this time Central Tshukudu took the bull by the horns and worked hard to end Tau's innings by bowling them out for 153. Tau now had a lead of 77 runs as Tshukudu resumed their second innings.

The Tshukudu batsmen started their innings with the quick loss of two wickets in nine overs but this time the Tshukudu batsmen started to form partnerships with wicketkeeper Rashaad Mosweu and Sheldon Frost combining for an 82 run partnership before Frost was out caught by the keeper for 33.

Mosweu soon found himself dismissed for 33, bowled by Mmoloki Mooketsi. Tau skipper Thato Mazula was joined by Huzaifar Babar at the crease and put on another big partnership of 67 runs before Mazula was out caught off Mooketsi for 27. At 223-6 and with Huzaifar still at the crease on 71, the Tshukudu innings was declared, leaving Tau with a total of 147 to chase down.

The Tau batsmen came out all guns blazing and as Tshukudu's bowlers failed to bowl with control, Tharan Panchalingam punished the quicks, playing his favourite cuts shots to all corners of the park before being given out LBW off Tumelo Molema for 43. The incoming Obakeng Eyman took over from where Panchalingam left off and put on a quick 30 of 31 balls before being caught at point. The score was now 107-3 and victory for Tau was in sight. With a result eminent, the umpires decided on an extension of half an hour to 5.30pm. Tau batsmen Thatayaone Thsose (32 n.o.) and Imzan Mohideen (14 n.o.) went after the bowling and took the team to 145-3 and finally fell short of 2 runs with time running out, Thatayaone's last shot of the day just falling short of the boundary for a four which would have meant tied scores if it has crossed the ropes on the full. Tshose getting the man of the match for his 5 wickets and 64 runs over 2 innings.

Brief Scores

CG Tshukudu 76 all out (H Babar 18, R Mosweu 13; T.Thsose 3-19, T.Motlogelwa 2-17) & 223 for six decl (H.Babar 71 n.o., R.Mosweu 33; M.Mooketsi 3-64, T.Thsose 2-39) drew with SG Tau 153 all out (T Motlogelwa 50, T Thsose 32; H.Babar 3-16, T.Michael 2-23) & 145 for three (T Panchalingam 43, T.Thsose 32 n.o.; O.Tshwene 1-25, T.Molema 1-25)

Man of the Match - Thatayaone Tshose

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