Challengers CC, who won the toss and opted to field first, easily chased the target of 131 runs in 24 overs with major contributions from Zappy Bimenyimana (70runs from 60 balls) and Sruthin Padayaddy (27 runs from 34 balls).
The tournament’s closing ceremony, held at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, was a simple affair, with cricket players (both men and women) of Division I and II, and senior officials from Unimoni and Rwanda Cricket Association present.
In the Men’s Division I, Pankaj Vekaria of Kutchi Tigers CC was a standout performer. He won the Man of the Series, Best Bowler, and Best Fielder titles. Zappy Bimenyimana of Challengers Cricket Club was the Man of the Match while Calvin Watuwa from Kigali CC took home the Best Batsman award.
In the Men’s Division II, Spartans CC defeated Zonic Tigers CC by 80 runs. Simon Okech was the Man of the Match while Ivan Thawithemwira was named the Man of the Series and Best Batsman. Daniel Gumyusenge and Dhaval Patel bagged the Best Bowler and Best Fielder title respectively.
The women’s cricket matches were interesting. Charity CC won three matches out of four in the Women’s Division I and Queens of Victory CC won five out of six matches in the Women’s Division II.
Dusabimana Olive of White Clouds CC (Women Division I) and Tuyizere Cynthia of Ndera Girls CC (Women Division II) were awarded the Woman of the Series title. Tuyizere Cynthia also won the titles of Best Bowler and Best Batsman.
Speaking on the occasion, Peeush Pillai, Country Head of Unimoni Rwanda, commended the efforts of the Rwanda Cricket Association in organizing the cricket tournament and said that “tournaments like this are an ideal platform for aspiring cricketers in Rwanda to showcase their talent and to enhance their skills in the sport.”
Unimoni, a Finablr company, has a rich history of promoting sports, including cricket and football, at different levels across the world.
The Unimoni-Rwanda Cricket Association Premier League started in 2013 as a tournament for Rwanda’s major cricket clubs.
In its sixth edition now, this year’s tournament, held from 21 July to 10 November 2019, saw participation from 24 teams (14 men’s clubs and 10 women’s clubs) from across the country.