Botswana Ladies Cricket Team Secures Second Position At Kalahari WT20

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The Botswana ladies cricket team took position at the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) Women’s T20 tournament that was held at BCA oval in Gaborone from the 22nd -26th April 2024.

The tournament had brought together four African nations that include Botswana, Rwanda, Mozambique and Lesotho. Rwanda became the champions of the tournament after walloping Botswana in the finals while Mozambique took position three followed by Lesotho on fourth position.

Following their outstanding performance local players Pako Mapotsane, Tuelo Shadreck, Goabilwe Matome, Onneile Keitsemang and Amantle Makgotlhe received individual awards. Mapotsane received the batter of the tournament award, Shadreck became player of the tournament and was also second positioned as best player of the tournament. Matome, Keitsemang and Makgotlhe walked away with players of the match trophies.

In an interview, team Coach Stanley Timoni said the performance by their players who received individual awards were instrumental in winning them four games out of the six that they played and got into the finals.

He stated that his team was positive right from the first match and never looked back. He said this morale enabled them to perform well.

“No tournament is easy because every team plays to win, despite that the tournament was fair and all the teams played well. We have learnt that we need to stay positive all the way and not fear our opponents regardless of their ICC World rankings,” he said.

According to Timoni, their plan is to always play more games, adding they will soon be playing another international tournament in Rwanda. He noted that going forward their intention is to change the way they performed and do better. Timoni has appreciated BCA for organising the Kalahari WT20 tournament, adding they had the advantage of playing home in a well organised tournament.

BCA Vice Chairman Sumod Damodar told Times Sport that the tournament was a success and the support from the community was impressive.

“The reception went well and the live coverage went well as viewers from all around the world were able to live stream it. Other countries have also informed the ICC that they are planning to attend the tournament from next year,” he said.

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