DMCI team in suc­cess­ful Botswana tour

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Baines Ju­nior School-based Du­misani Mankun­zini Cricket Ini­tia­tive (DMCI) is happy with the ex­po­sure its Un­der-13 squad got from a trip to Botswana where the team won four out of six games.

The 13-mem­ber squad, which re­turned from Botswana at the week­end, beat Gaborone-based Cubs Cricket Academy at a three-day in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment that ended last Thurs­day.

Coached by DMCI founder and for­mer Zim­babwe Un­der-19 and Mata­bele­land Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise crick­eter Du­misani Mankun­zini, the team beat the hosts by 54 runs in their open­ing game.

DMCI bat­ted first and scored 122 runs off 19.3 overs and then re­stricted the hosts to 68 runs.

Cubs bat­ted first in the sec­ond game and set a tar­get of 126 runs in 20 overs. DMCI won the game by a wicket with three balls to spare.

Led by Lungile Ny­athi of Mt­shingwe who took 15 wick­ets at last month’s Baines Ju­nior tour­na­ment where he also won the best bowler ac­co­lade, DMCI won their third match by seven runs.

Mankun­zini said his charges paid dearly for bowl­ing lots of ex­tras in their fourth match, which they lost by 46 runs after be­ing bowled out for 110 in pur­suit of Cubs’ to­tal of 156.

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