Mojadife Primary School cricketers are this year‘s Under 11 champions after beating Itumeleng Primary School hands down during the cricket finals on Wednesday.
To win, Mojadife scored 63 runs for 3 wickets in 16 overs against Itumeleng’s 55 runs for 7 wickets in 15 overs.
Mojadife has had an impressive record with the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) judging from how the school’s Under 13 has already had two championship titles under their belt.
Both the Under 11 league and the Under 13 league are an initiative by the BCA, under its cricket developmental programme to bring cricket to children in government schools.
The Under 13s league has been in existence since the inception of the program in 2007, while the Under 11 tournament was only introduced this year.
This is the first league to be played by the Under 11 program.
There were twelve primary schools participating in the recently ended league and Mojadife proved to be the best by losing only one match, the one against Modipane on the second day of the matches. Modipane had won by scoring 44 runs for 5 wickets while Mojadife lost by scoring 29 runs for 4 wickets.
Mojadife, however, went on to win the match against Oodi on the fourth day of matches by scoring 67 runs for 2 wickets in 11 overs against Oodi’s 65 runs for 8 wickets.
Mojadife then went on to challenge Notwane who put up a good fight before losing to Mojadife, who emerged victorious after scoring 52 runs for 5 wickets in 6.3 overs against Notwane’s 50 runs for 6 wickets.
A then confident Mojadife went on to face Itumeleng in the semi-finals where it won by scoring 41 runs for 4 wickets in 10 overs against Itumeleng’s 39 runs in 2 wickets in 15 overs.
Still in the semi finals, Mojadife went up against Ramogotsi and won by scoring 36 runs for no loss in 5.1 overs against Ramogotsi’s 34 runs for 10 wickets in 12 years.
At the finals, Itumeleng and Mojadife met once again with Mojadife proving once again to be the better of the two.
In the finals, the Man of the Match went to Tshepang Chibidika of Mojadife while Best Bowler went to Tefo Ntsiane of Itumeleng.
Another cricketer form Itumeleng, Unaye Mugara, accepted the Best Batsman award.
The Best Fielder went to Tshwanelo Mogatle from Mojadife.
All eyes were on Tshepang Chibidika of Mojadife after he won the Player Of the Tournament award.
The team with the Best Spirit during the tournament went on to Ramogotsi.