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Cricket at the 2023 African Games – Men's tournament

Cricket at the 2023 African Games – Men's tournament
Dates17 – 23 March 2024
Administrator(s)Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa
Cricket formatTwenty20 International[n 1]
Tournament format(s)Group round-robin and playoffs
Host(s) Ghana
Champions Zimbabwe Emerging (1st title)
Runners-up Namibia
Participants8
Matches16
Player of the seriesZimbabwe Owen Muzondo
Most runsUganda Roger Mukasa (230)
Most wicketsUganda Alpesh Ramjani (13)
Medalists
gold medal 
silver medal 
bronze medal 

The men's cricket tournament at the 2023 African Games in Ghana took place from 17 to 23 March 2024.[1] The matches were played in the Twenty20 International (T20I) format.[2] Eight teams participated in the event, with all the matches held at the Achimota Oval grounds in Accra.[3] Matches involving the South African team, which was composed of university players, were downgraded from T20I status on 19 March 2024, after the team had already played its first two matches.[4] Zimbabwe were represented by an emerging side and their matches were also downgraded from T20I status.[5]

Zimbabwe Emerging beat Namibia in the final, as Zimbabwe win the gold medal.[6] Uganda beat Kenya in the bronze medal match.[7]

Squads

Squads
 Ghana[8]  Kenya[9]  Namibia[10]  Nigeria[11]
University Sports South Africa[12]  Tanzania[3]  Uganda[13]  Zimbabwe Emerging[14]
  • Salum Jumbe (c)
  • Sefu Athumani
  • Mohamed Issa
  • Abdallah Jabiri
  • Zamoyoni Jabeneke
  • Ally Kimote
  • Omary Kitunda (wk)
  • Jumanne Masquater
  • Simba Mbaki
  • Kassim Nassoro
  • Yalinde Nkanya
  • Johnson Nyambo
  • Ivan Selemani
  • SanjayKumar Thakor

Group stage

Group A

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Uganda 3 3 0 0 0 6 3.283 Advanced to the knockout stage
2  Kenya 3 2 1 0 0 4 1.049
3 University Sports South Africa 3 1 2 0 0 2 1.000
4  Ghana 3 0 3 0 0 0 −5.888
Source: ESPNcricinfo[15]

Fixtures

17 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
v
 Ghana
103/7 (20 overs)
George Van Heerden 107* (57)
Godfred Bakiweyem 1/46 (4 overs)
James Vifah 41 (25)
Jesse Prodehl 2/10 (4 overs)
University Sport South Africa won by 134 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Adil Kassam (Tan) and Patric Makumbi (Uga)
Player of the match: George Van Heerden (University Sports South Africa)
  • University Sports South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

17 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Uganda 
169/7 (20 overs)
v
 Kenya
97 (16.4 overs)
Roger Mukasa 59 (45)
Lucas Oluoch 5/20 (4 overs)
Rakep Patel 42 (35)
Alpesh Ramjani 4/17 (3.4 overs)
Uganda won by 72 runs
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Habib Enesi (Nga)
Player of the match: Dinesh Nakrani (Uga)

18 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Kenya 
141/6 (20 overs)
v
Collins Obuya 58 (47)
Heinrigh Pieterse 2/23 (4 overs)
George Van Heerden 22 (22)
Aarnav Patel 5/15 (3 overs)
Kenya won by 70 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Adil Kassam (Tan) and Percival Sizara (Zim)
Player of the match: Aarnav Patel (Ken)
  • Kenya won the toss and elected to bat.

18 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Uganda 
194/5 (20 overs)
v
 Ghana
73 (16 overs)
Simon Ssesazi 90 (50)
Obed Harvey 5/36 (4 overs)
Richmond Baaleri 27 (35)
Juma Miyagi 3/10 (3 overs)
Uganda won by 121 runs
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Sarah Dambanevana (Zim) and Isaac Oyieko (Ken)
Player of the match: Simon Ssesazi (Uga)

20 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
v
 Uganda
99/8 (20 overs)
George Van Heerden 44 (45)
Bilal Hassan 4/10 (4 overs)
Roger Mukasa 41 (54)
Lehan Botha 2/15 (4 overs)
Uganda won by 2 wickets
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Sarah Dambanevana (Zim) and Percival Sizara (Zim)
Player of the match: Roger Mukasa (Uga)
  • University Sports South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

20 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Ghana 
111 (18.3 overs)
v
 Kenya
115/3 (11.1 overs)
Obed Harvey 33 (33)
Rakep Patel 3/12 (4 overs)
Collins Obuya 68 (30)
Richmond Baaleri 3/55 (4 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Habib Enesi (Nga) and Adil Kassam (Tan)
Player of the match: Collins Obuya (Ken)
  • Ghana won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Aarnav Patel (Ken) made his T20I debut.

Group B

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Zimbabwe Emerging 3 3 0 0 0 6 1.600 Advanced to knockout stage
2  Namibia 3 1 2 0 0 2 0.195
3  Tanzania 3 1 2 0 0 2 −0.220
4  Nigeria 3 1 2 0 0 2 −1.158
Source: ESPNcricinfo[15]

Fixtures

17 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Zimbabwe Emerging 
197/6 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
162/8 (20 overs)
Brian Bennett 65 (39)
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 2/27 (4 overs)
Malan Kruger 46 (23)
Tashinga Musekiwa 3/29 (4 overs)
Zimbabwe Emerging won by 35 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Stacy Lackay (SA) and Isaac Oyieko (Ken)
Player of the match: Owen Muzondo (Zim)
  • Zimbabwe Emerging won the toss and elected to bat.

17 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Tanzania 
131/6 (20 overs)
v
 Nigeria
84 (18.3 overs)
Ivan Selemani 33 (34)
Joshua Asia 3/18 (4 overs)
Sesan Adedeji 25 (33)
Salum Jumbe 5/10 (3.3 overs)
Tanzania won by 47 runs
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Sarah Dambanevana (Zim) and Percival Sizara (Zim)
Player of the match: Salum Jumbe (Tan)

18 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Tanzania 
86 (19.5 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe Emerging
90/6 (16.3 overs)
Omary Kitunda 43 (40)
Wallace Mubayiwa 3/12 (4 overs)
Clive Madande 42* (39)
Ally Kimote 2/12 (3 overs)
Zimbabwe Emerging won by 4 wickets
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Habib Enesi (Nga) and Stacy Lackay (SA)
Player of the match: Wallace Mubayiwa (Zim)
  • Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat.

18 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
121/7 (20 overs)
v
 Nigeria
126/7 (20 overs)
Dylan Leicher 42* (41)
Isaac Danladi 2/10 (4 overs)
Isaac Danladi 28 (21)
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 3/20 (4 overs)
Nigeria won by 3 wickets
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Patric Makumbi (Uga)
Player of the match: Isaac Danladi (Nga)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Jan Balt, Simon Shikongo and Gerhard Janse van Rensburg (Nam) all made their T20I debuts.

20 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Nigeria 
88 (17.4 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe Emerging
91/0 (16 overs)
Vincent Adewoye 19* (15)
Owen Muzondo 3/11 (4 overs)
Zimbabwe Emerging won by 10 wickets
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Patric Makumbi (Uga) and Isaac Oyieko (Ken)
Player of the match: Owen Muzondo (Zim)
  • Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat.

20 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Tanzania 
71/9 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
72/3 (12.3 overs)
SanjayKumar Thakor 15 (28)
Ben Shikongo 2/9 (4 overs)
JP Kotze 21* (22)
Ally Kimote 2/20 (3.3 overs)
Namibia won by 7 wickets
Achimota Oval B, Accra
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Percival Sizara (Zim)
Player of the match: Ben Shikongo (Nam)
  • Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat.

Knockout stage

Bracket

Semi-finals Gold Medal match
      
A1  Uganda 87/9 (20 overs)
B2  Namibia 111/7 (20 overs)
B2  Namibia 113/7 (20 overs)
B1  Zimbabwe Emerging 114/2 (14.5 overs)
B1  Zimbabwe Emerging 196 (20 overs)
A2  Kenya 126 (19.3 overs) Bronze Medal match
A1  Uganda 206/6 (20 overs)
A2  Kenya 100/9 (20 overs)

Semi-finals

21 March 2024
09:00
Scorecard
Namibia 
111/7 (20 overs)
v
 Uganda
87/9 (20 overs)
Niko Davin 25 (25)
Juma Miyagi 3/10 (2 overs)
Roger Mukasa 36 (43)
Handre Klazinge 4/19 (4 overs)
Namibia won by 24 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Isaac Oyieko (Ken)
Player of the match: Handre Klazinge (Nam)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to bat.

21 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Zimbabwe Emerging 
196/5 (20 overs)
v
 Kenya
126 (19.3 overs)
Johnathan Campbell 42 (27)
Vishil Patel 2/29 (3 overs)
Collins Obuya 52 (29)
Owen Muzondo 4/19 (4 overs)
Zimbabwe Emerging won by 70 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Habib Enesi (Nga) and Adil Kassam (Tan)
Player of the match: Tashinga Musekiwa (Zim)
  • Zimbabwe Emerging won the toss and elected to bat.

Bronze Medal match

23 March 2024
09:30
Scorecard
Uganda 
206/6 (20 overs)
v
 Kenya
100/9 (20 overs)
Simon Ssesazi 66 (44)
Nelson Odhiambo 2/32 (3 overs)
Lucas Oluoch 19 (19)
Cosmas Kyewuta 4/13 (4 overs)
Uganda won by 106 runs
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Percival Sizara (Zim)
Player of the match: Cosmas Kyewuta (Uga)
  • Uganda won the toss and elected to bat.

Gold Medal match

23 March 2024
13:50
Scorecard
Namibia 
113/7 (20 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe Emerging
114/2 (14.5 overs)
Dylan Leicher 29 (30)
Owen Muzondo 1/10 (2 overs)
Zimbabwe Emerging won by 8 wickets
Achimota Oval A, Accra
Umpires: Adil Kassam (Tan) and Isaac Oyieko (Ken)
Player of the match: Tadiwanashe Marumani (Zim)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to bat.

Notes

  1. ^ Matches involving the South African or Zimbabwean sides did not have T20I status.

See also

References

  1. ^ @CricketGhana (February 19, 2024). "Check out the 13th African Games cricket fixtures for both Men and Women" (Tweet). Retrieved 20 February 2024 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Cricket to make its African Games Debut in 2023". Emerging Cricket. 22 February 2022. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  3. ^ a b "African Games in Ghana in March 2024 to feature cricket for the first time". Czarsportz. Retrieved 20 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Team SA matches lose T20I status". SA Cricket Mag. 20 March 2024. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  5. ^ "South Africa, Zimbabwe's matches at Africa Games not given T20I status". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe strike gold again as emerging side thrash Namibia in final". Zimbabwe Cricket. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Zimbabwe men win cricket gold at the African Games but status kerfuffle leaves a sour taste in the mouth". Emerging Cricket. 25 March 2024. Retrieved 25 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Here's Ghana's Squad for the upcoming T20 Games at Achimota". Ghana Cricket Association. Retrieved 15 March 2024 – via Facebook.
  9. ^ "Rakep Patel to lead Kenya's cricket squad in debut African Games". Mozzart Sport. Retrieved 12 March 2024.
  10. ^ "African Games: Richelieu Eagles squad". Cricket Namibia. Retrieved 16 March 2024 – via Facebook.
  11. ^ "Nigeria Men's Cricket Squad Gears Up for the 13th African Games in Ghana". Nigeria Cricket Federation. 12 March 2024. Retrieved 12 March 2024.
  12. ^ "Team SA women's success motivates men's squad ahead of African Games". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 13 March 2024.
  13. ^ "Cricket Cranes name strong team for African Games". Kawowo Sports. 15 March 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  14. ^ "African Games delight ZC". The Herald. Retrieved 4 March 2024.
  15. ^ a b "African Games 2024". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  16. ^ "Roger Mukasa reaches 1000 T20I runs milestone as Uganda triumphs over Kenya at African Games". Sports Ocean Uganda. 18 March 2024. Retrieved 18 March 2024.
  17. ^ "Cricket Cranes make light work of Kenya in African Games opener". Kawowo Sports. 17 March 2024. Retrieved 18 March 2024.
  18. ^ a b "Statistics / Statsguru / Twenty20 Internationals / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
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