28 November 2012

Zambia: Lusaka Select Win Cricket Tourney

THE weekend rains helped the Lusaka Select cricket team win the national T-20 championship at the expense of the Copperbelt Select as the two-match series was reduced to just one game which the midlands side won by four wickets.

In a low-scoring game, mainly due to the downpour which affected bowling and batting at the Lotus Cricket Club at the weekend, Lusaka Select took the series 1-0 to be crowned national champions.

The match, watched by the entire Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) executive committee led by President Reuben Chama and Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) board member Ian Mbewe, saw opening batsmen for both sides dismissed cheaply.

Lusaka Select captain, Allan Nsensha won the toss and elected to field first on a bouncy pitch and the batting Copperbelt Select team struggled to score runs on a pitch that offered variable bounce.

But the main nightmare for Copperbelt captain, Steven Banda come through his batsmen's inability to play the spins as his team was all out for just 67 in 19.2 overs and only Nicholas Mubanga on 12 and Dennis Musonda on 11 not out, were able to score double figures.

Pick of the bowlers for Lusaka were Antony Simunguzi and Chanda Mumba who picked three wickets apiece.

In their innings, Lusaka Select got off to an even worse start when they lost their openers, Isaac Mwaba and Lawrence Mutale cheaply as the Copperbelt put up a much improved fielding display compared to other games against Lusaka and put up more resistance.

The Copperbelt's pace bowlers Mwila Bwanga and Nicholas Mubanga also bowled with venom.

The Copperbelt would later regret not having put enough runs on the board as Lusaka Select eventually reached their victory target in 13.5 overs to win by four wickets.

Chanda Mumba who retired hurt, top scored with 23, while Tapson Nyirongo was on 10 and Lawrence Mutale 12, but the man of the match award went to Copperbelt's Joseph Mwewa for all round performance.

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