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DADA’S CLINCH FIRST VICTORY

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MBABANE – Dada’s XI recorded their first season three Men’s T-20 Cricket League match against Rontanya XI.

The match was played at Malkerns Sports and Country Club on Sunday. Dada’s clinched one wicket victory in the opening match of the men’s league. Rontanya XI won the toss and opted to take the first bat. Faced with the mighty giants who are the defending champions of the league after dethroning season one champions, Pak XI, Rontanya had to post a massive score to outclass the opponent. They managed to accumulate 145 runs in 20 overs with one wicket in hand. The highest run scorers on Rontanya’s batting were Muntazir Baba with 53 runs of 38 balls and Juber Ghadiyali with 33 runs of 29 balls.

In the target chase, Dada’s XI were at 20/2 in the fifth over, giving much confidence for victory to Rontanya XI. The strong alliance of Matadar and Minhaj Kulfiwala resuscitated Dada’s batting. Minhaj finished at 35 runs of 31 balls and Matadar was at 18 of 20 balls.

Remaining

The last over of the match was the climax of this clash and Dada’s needed only eight runs to win from six balls with one wicket remaining. Dada’s XI reached the target in 19.2 overs and won by one wicket. There are 10 teams participating in the league and fixture in groups. Commenting after the match, Eswatini Cricket Association (ECA) Secretary General Rueben ‘Rhoo’ Nxumalo commended the teams for good behaviour in terms of respecting the rules and regulations guarding safe play in light of COVID-19. He, however, reminded players to avoid close physical contact when celebrating but encouraged them to adopt the new culture of elbow ‘hand shakes’.

“In as much as COVID-19 cases are subsiding, it is still high risk to hug and touch each other especially during celebrations in the field. The sweat droplets are dangerous and so is breathing into each other’s faces because you can’t play with the mask on. Players should use their elbows and value their health and that of others,” advised Nxumalo. The league games for both women and men will continue this weekend.

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