In what should have been a closely contested game, Central Northern District (CND) Mokwepa brought Central South District Kwena’s winning streak to an abrupt end.
After a glorious start to the BPL U17’s in Round 3 of fixtures at the Francistown Sports and Recreation Oval between the two regional sides, the game was surprisingly one sided.
CSD Kwena could have been forgiven for going to the ground full of confidence, boasting two wins in two matches but Mokwepa had other ideas.
Mokwepa skipper, Shweth Bhargava, won the toss and elected to field. Kwena’s innings started faltering from the word go as the wicket of Kwena opener Raees Hansa fell in the very first over to Aarnav Ram. CSD Kwena’s saviour in their last match, Inziman Master, then lost his wicket in the fourth over and the rot set in with Kwena’s batsmen who, instead of settling, kept swinging their bats and lost their wickets.
This made life easier for the Mokwepa bowlers and the biggest blow to the Kwena innings came when Brandan Smith with his slinger styled medium pacers came in to claim three scalps off 2.2 overs.
Kwena were eventually bowled out for a meager 55 off 16.2 overs. CND opening batsmen Amir Saiyed and Hemal Praji made light work of the Kwena bowling and even after the loss of Praji, clean bowled for 12 by Huzefah Malik, the runs were just not on the board to create any sort of pressure on the CND batsmen.
The game was won in 10.4 overs, Amir Saiyed ended up 23.
All in all, it was a very disappointing performance by CSD Kwena in a match that should have been a closely contested fixture between the two regional sides.
Brandan Smith was named man of the match for his spell of three wickets for four runs of 2.2 overs.
In the other Round 3 fixture played between Central Gaborone (CG) Tshukudu and Mogobane Nkwe, CG Tshukudu opted to bat first and once again, batted their full allotment of 40 overs and posted 249-3. Botswana U15s keeper batsman, Rashaad Mosweu, dominated the Nkwe bowling and batted through finishing on 118 not out. Mogobane’s reply was disappointing as they were bowled out for 76 after Tshukudu’s spin bowlers ripped through their batting line up. The Man of the Match went to Mosweu for his century.