Last week, the Botswana Cricket Union held an all girls tournament under the developmental cricket programme.
The girls under 13s team slot was introduced to the BCA last year, and has picked up momentum from then onwards with more girls taking up interest in the sport.
The programme is an initiative by the BCA; it’s aimed at introducing and improving cricket conditions within local government schools. It recently added 500 more students interested in playing cricket to its programme increasing the number enrolled to an impressive 3800, only three years after its inception.
The 8 new enrolled schools are Therisanyo Primary School from Gaborone, Rankoa Primary School from Sikwane, Our lady of Carmel from Morwa, Segopotso Primary School from Kanye, Pilane Primary School, Mogobana Primary School from Ramotswa, Ramotswa Centre for the Deaf in Ramotswa and Taung Primary School from Gaborone.
The all girls tournament was won by Ramogotsi, a primary school from Mochudi, which had to battle it out for the first position with Rasesa Primary school, a school based in Gaborone.
Ramogotsi won the trophy by 42 runs in 6 over’s for 2 wickets while Itumeleng scored 35 runs in 6 overs for 2 wickets. The win didn’t come as a surprise as ever since enrolling in the programme, Ramogotsi School has produced incredible results from both the boys and girls teams.
There were about six schools taking part in the tournament, which might ultimately be the last tournament of the year for developmental cricket.
The attendants were Mojadife Primary School. Their boys’ team recently won the Under 13s championship from Ramogotsi, which had been on a winning spree for the past three years.
Philip Moshotle, Bophirima and Rasesa primary schools also brought their girls teams for the one day tournament.
Katlego Busi, from the winning Ramogotsi, was declared the Player of the Tournament. Two trophies were handed to the champions and their runner-ups while individuals from the teams that didn’t make it were given medals.