VEECOM Warriors Development cricketers emerged champions of Division C of the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) League after overcoming TCA U-18 team by 10 runs in a scintillating final played at the Annadil Burhani venue in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
TCA organized the league as part of the body's ongoing efforts to effectively promote the sport among domestic youngsters, apart from using the event to identify players for national junior teams. It happened to be the winners' first major success in the third tier of the domestic cricket event this year and a lot is expected from the team in forthcoming events going by their performance in the just ended league.
Veecom Warriors Development won the toss and opted to bat, in which the team went on to post 86 runs, losing all wickets in 13.4 overs. With the total score definitely being not that much impressive, the team was subjected to a rather challenging task of defending the score diligently during their opponents' chase, something the former did successfully.
TCA U-18 team, teeming with a host of talented youngsters, however, failed to flex their muscles during the chase as they, in response, managed 76 runs all out in 16 overs to eventually concede defeat. Victory over the TCA U-18 team, one of the league favourites, turned out to be an inspiring feat achieved by the Veecom Warriors Development youngsters that had all along been working hard for the success.
And the new Division C champions' coach, Osman Bairu, was understandably delighted by the achievement of his side, saying it all boiled down to hard work and determination in both training and matches. "I am proud of my boys to have defeated the TCA U-18 team because they (Veecom Warriors Development) are still a very young team...most of the team's players are below 15 years", said Bairu.
"I am happy they have managed to accomplish such a big task. Eight teams participated in this league and my team had an undefeated spell on its way to winning the trophy...this is because of better training they have had throughout", he added.