Kwibuka T20: Nigeria thump Brazil to finish 5th; Germany 7th after outplaying Botswana

Germany and Nigeria finished 7th and 5th in the Kwibuka T20 tournament, © Rwanda Cricket

Nigeria and Germany ended their campaigns in the Kwibuka T20 tournament with dominant wins on the penultimate day of action on Friday at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday (June 16). Nigeria were utterly dominant in a 30 run win against tournament debutants Brazil to finish 5th, while Germany, the other debutants, finished seventh after beating Botswana by six wickets.

Germany get the first win to finish on a high

Germany had ended the group stage eighth on the points table after failing to win a single match in the group stage. However, they got their first win of this edition of Kwibuka T20 in the seventh place playoff against Botswana after limiting them to just 107/4 off their 20 overs. Botswana’s openers, Florence Samanyika and Olebogeng Batisani, put on a 65-run opening partnership as Germany missed their fair share of opportunities in the field.

They chewed up 13 overs though over the course of that partnership as Botswana faced a lot of dot balls throughout their innings. The dot ball pressure eventually started to tell as they lost top-scorer Samanyika and Goabilwe Matome to run outs.

Germany faced no such hiccups in the chase as captain Christina Gough and her opening partner Janet Ronalds found the boundary regularly to score 42 runs in the Powerplay. That meant that they were ahead of the asking rate throughout. Samanyika was the standout with the ball and in the field too, dismissing Gough and Sharanya Sadarangani, who had earlier strangulated Botswana with a spell of 4-0-13-0, and running out Stephanie Frohnmayer, but her efforts were not enough as Germany romped home with 23 balls to spare.

Nigeria end losing streak to finish fifth

Nigeria had begun the tournament in emphatic fashion, defeating Brazil by eight wickets in their first match and then going on to win their next two matches as well to be unbeaten after the first three matches. They then lost their next four matches to finish fifth in the group stage of the Kwibuka T20 tournament.

Facing Brazil again in the fifth place playoff, Nigeria opted to bat first after winning the toss but their innings lacked momentum for much of the innings until Blessing Etim and Salome Sunday got together after they had slumped to 54/3. Sunday was aggressive throughout in her 32 from 29 balls, while Etim picked up the scoring rate in the end overs after a slow start to finish with an unbeaten 27 from 30 balls to help Nigeria score 113/4 in their allocated quota.

Nigeria’s bowlers were exceptional with the new ball as they got it to swing while bowling full and straight as Brazil’s top and middle order struggled for answers. Three of their first five wickets were either bowled or LBW as they found themselves at 32/5 when captain Roberta Moretti Avery was dismissed for 13. There was no coming back after that and Brazil did well to play out the 20 overs eventually against an impressive Nigerian attack.

Brief Scores:

Botswana 107/4 in 20 overs (Florence Samanyika 41; Stephanie Frohnmayer 2/19) lost to Germany 108/4 in 16.1 overs (Wilhelmina Hornero Garcia 38*; Samanyika 2/20) by six wickets

Nigeria 113/4 in 20 overs (Salome Sunday 32; Carolina Silva Nascimento 1/15) beat Brazil 83/7 in 20 overs (Laura Cardoso 31*; Rachael Samson 1/5) by 30 runs