Fokothi wins in­au­gu­ral T20 tour­na­ment

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LEROTHOLI Polytech­nic (Fokothi) won the in­au­gu­ral ladies T20 cricket com­pe­ti­tion held in Hlotse last weekend.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber, Mos­ito Mafanti, the tour­na­ment was the first of its kind as it in­volved com­mu­nity clubs, high schools as well as col­leges.

“This was our first of­fi­cial T20 cricket com­pe­ti­tion played by fe­male teams and we are very de­lighted about this devel­op­ment,” Mafanti said.

“our plan is to make this com­pe­ti­tion an an­nual event, but the main chal­lenge re­mains lack of spon­sor­ship.

“If it wasn’t for fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, we would have sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tions for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories based on their abil­i­ties.”

Mafanti at­trib­uted Lerotholi Polytech­nic’s win to their re­sources and play­ing the sport on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“I think it was a bit un­fair to other teams as Lerotholi were su­pe­rior due to the fact that they have bet­ter cricket fa­cil­i­ties.

“But all in all, it was a good day of cricket and we were happy to see the sport at­tract such big sup­port both on and off the field,” he said.

Mean­while, Mafanti noted their Ba­sotho XI which is made up of play­ers who play in the Le­sotho cricket League, would fi­nally play against their South African coun­ter­parts at Swanville Cricket Club af­ter the T20 match was post­poned last month.

“The match that will see our Ba­sotho XI take on Swanville Cricket Club will fi­nally take place on 7 May af­ter it was post­poned in March,” said Mafanti.

“We have al­ready se­lected 24 play­ers from the seven clubs which par­tic­i­pated in the re­cently ended league won by Tigers Cricket club.

“We felt it was important for our play­ers to have this taste of play­ing their coun­ter­parts from an­other coun­try as it would im­prove the stan­dards of the sport in the coun­try,” he said.

Among the play­ers in the squad squad is the best bowler of the re­cently ended cricket sea­son, Ju­nior Gong of NUL Vam­pires as well as the league’s best bat­ter, Le­bo­hang Leokaoke of Tigers Cricket Club.

Ba­sotho XI squad to play Swanville Cha­c­hole Tlali (Leribe Cricket Club),

Le­poqo Tsi­ame (Bails), Leny­atsa Chitja (Leribe Cricket Club), Moeketsi Pho­molo (Bails), Mpiti Lerotholi (Lerotholi Polytech­nic), Shakhele Ra­matabole ( NUL Vam­pires), Sootho Mo­lapo (Tigers), Tšeliso Let­sitsa (Leribe Cricket Club), Lefu Tšoeu (Leribe Cricket club), Le­poro­poro Mothe (Bails), Le­bona Leokaoke (Tigers), Edgar Zola (NUL), Ndu­miso Mdekazi (Bails), Ab­dul Khan (Tigers), Thabiso Mo­hapi (Bails, Bokang Koe­tle (Bails), Ju­nior Gong (NUL), Kamoho Mo­lapo (Tigers), Te­boho Leoma (Lerotholi Polytech­nic), Ran­nakoe Ma­hao (Tigers), David Kibiti (NUL, Thabo Mat­lalei (Tigers), Ral­in­tši Lam­pane (Tigers) and Le­bo­hang Nkopane (NUL).

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