Rwanda national cricket team will have to wait for another year to reignite their bid to join the ICC Africa division two.
This comes after yet another failed bid at the just concluded ICC Africa Twenty 20 Division 3 tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa where Rwanda lost two and won five of their seven matches but it wasn’t enough for the team to reach the final.
Rwanda started well with a win over Mali before falling to Gambia in the second game last Wednesday.
Rwanda defeated Mali by 47 runs, but after the blip against Gambia, the team re-organised to thrash Cameroon by 104 runs and Morocco by one run the next day.
However, defeat to Zambia, the team’s second of the tournament on Friday all but ended Rwanda’s hopes of reaching the final and therefore promotion to division two.
Further win over St. Helena and Seychelles on Saturday made it five wins but that was not enough for Colin Siller’s team.
The final on Sunday was contest by Seychelles and Zambia. The former batted first and scored a modest 102 runs all out, a target that the undefeated Zambia chased and reached in 15.5 overs with the loss of five wickets.
Both Zambia and Seychelles will be promoted to Division 2 and Rwanda, which went into the tournament as one of the favourites along with the eventual winners (Zambia), will have to wait for another year.