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18.04.2008 Cricket

Africa World Cricket League - Ghana Crush Rwanda

By Daily Graphic
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Ghana last Wednesday, not only made minced meat of Rwanda in semi-finals of the ICC Africa World Cricket League Zone III tournament but also booked one of the two places for the next ICC Associate tournament in Zambia next August.

This demolition act on the East Africans was powered by Ghana's fast bowler, Isaac Aboagye whose incredible six wickets was complemented by four wickets from Abdul Karim Sumaila to end the first innings for the Rwandans.

The latter only managed to score 23 runs all out in 11.1 overs. And Abdul Karim's final wicket in the 11th over was so strong that it broke one of the outer stumps.

For his efforts, Aboagye, was ajudged man of the match and this is his second in the tournament. He will also receive $100 reward as promised from Mr Ravinder Vyas, a sponsor and official of the team.

The second innings resumed immediately with Francis Dake and James Vifah beginning the batting for Ghana. But unfortunately, Dake was caught out in the fourth so Simon Ateak joined Vifah who was also bowled out early in the fifth over.

Lawrence Ateak came on and together with his younger brother, Simon, ensured Ghana's smooth qualifiction to this morning's grand final and the next Associate tournament in Zambia. So Ghana scored 24 runs for two wickets in six overs.

James Vifah's 109 run record is yet to be beaten and depending on his performance in today's final could be Ajudged best batsman or man of the series.

In a post match interview, Coach Bhupinder Brar said his team exhibited very good skill in the area of bowling and deserved a lot of commendation.

"Though we did some faulty fielding and batting we put up a good performance generally. What we have to concentrate on now is the final. We will not throw caution to the wind even if we meet Swaziland whom we have already defeated because the tide could turn in their favour. We have achieved one of our goals for this tournament and so we have one more to go," he said.

Story by Nathaniel Attoh

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