The National U-19 cricket team started their pursuit for the Africa Division 2 title with a bang by clinching sound victories in their opening two fixtures at the Africa Division 2 championships in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Starlets clinched a 197 runs victory over Mozambique in their opening fixture after bowling out the Southern African side for only 78 runs in 27 overs. Rwanda had won the toss and chose to bat registering 275 runs all out in 48.1 overs.

Clinton Rubagumya and Eric Niyomugabo led the team with 67 and 66 runs respectively while Karasira was not bowled out for 36. Captain Don Dieu Mugisha led the bowling attack with 4 wickets while Niyomugabo and Rubagumya completed a great display by picking up three wickets each.

Rwanda faced a tougher test in the second game against seasoned campaigners Swaziland but the boys managed to pick up a well-deserved two wickets victory.

Swaziland won the toss and elected to bat but the bowling attack led by Captain Mugisha continued to impress collecting 10 wickets in 10 overs limiting Swaziland to only 117 runs. Mugisha continued to lead with 3 wickets while fellow youngsters Orchide and Zappy contributed one each.

The Starlets continue their stride to qualify for the Division 1 championships that also doubles as a qualifier for the u-19 world cup slated for India with a crunch fixture against the hosts Zambia later today.


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