Botswana women cricket national team finished second in the 8-Nations tournament that ended in Gaborone on Sunday. The local ladies settled for second spot after losing by 9 wickets to Namibia in the final. Participating countries were Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia Lesotho and South Africa’s Gauteng XI. The Namibians, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, did not only win gold but also dominated the individual awards in the four-day competition.
Tournament Director Sumod Damodar was very pleased with the way said the tournament went, hailing the high level of standard of play from the players. “The standard of play was certainly on the upper trend and the spirit of fair play among the teams was also pleasing to note,” he said. Damodar is also happy with the performance of the local ladies. He said they showed a positive finish to achieve the results set for them. The team was made a target to reach the finals of the tournament which they attained.
Exciting developments also took place on the side lines of the competition as all the eight teams signed Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration in the presence of International Working Group for Women in Sport. According to Damodar, the signing of this declaration will help in the growth of women’s cricket. Another pleasing development was the addition of incorporation of cricket into the AUSC Zone 5.