Botswana Cricket Association


December 07, 2016



The  first BCA Three  Day match got underway at the BCA Oval No 1 in Gaborone on the 3rd, 4th & 5th December 2016 with the match commencing at 9.30am on Saturday the 3rd December 2016. The two teams comprised of Senior Men’s Team and U23 players, forming the BCA “Blues” and the U19 Boys team players, forming the BCA “Reds”. The two teams for the match were chosen by the national coach, Joseph Angara and his development coach Reginald Nehonde. The teams were captained by Karabo Motlhanka (BCA Blues) and Tharindu Perera (BCA Reds) respectively.

The format stipulated that there had to be a minimum of 100 overs of play each day in the allocated time. Each day’s play comprised of three sessions of 2 hours 15 minute durations. The idea of this game was to inculcate the need to conceptualise the need to stay longer and play for longer, helping the players to adapt to more of the 50 overs, which would be the formats for their tournaments in 2017.

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning the “Reds” won the toss and invited the “Blues” to bat first on a track that had quite a fair covering of grass. The “Blues” openers, Karabo Motlhanka and Rashaad Mosweu opened the batting. At the first drinks break they had put on 61 runs in 15 overs. After drinks the tempo picked up and the pair got the score up to 145 runs at the lunch break. Soon after lunch with the score at 152, the “Reds” struck with Phemelo Silas bowling Rashaad Mosweu around his legs for 92 runs off 114 balls with 19 boundaries. With the score still on 152, the “Reds” struck again with Phemelo Silas trapping Karabo Modise leg before wicket. A partnership then developed between Karabo Motlhanka and Inzimam Master before Karabo Motlhanka was caught behind by Valentine Mbazo off the bowling of Abhiman Bhargava for a well compiled 76 runs off 121 balls with 12 boundaries. Thereafter, it was only the evergreen James Moses who resisted the “Reds” spin attack of Phemelo Silas and Muaz Arooz who put the screws on the “Blues” run rate. When James Moses departed, for a patiently compiled 39 runs off 26 balls with 7 fours and 1 six, the “Blues” scoring rate slowed down. Wickets fell at regular intervals until a stubborn 10th wicket partnership of 20 between Mmoloki Mooketsi and Leago Mogano took the “Blues” total to 287 for 9 wickets at the tea interval after 65 overs. The “Blues” declared their innings at the tea break. The pick of the “Reds” bowlers were Phemelo Silas with 4 wickets for 80 runs off 18 overs and Muaz Arooz with 3 wickets for 49 runs off 16 overs. Abhiman Bhargava and Lawrence Ntshenki picked up a wicket each.

After the break for tea, the “Reds” went into bat and were soon in trouble due to some accurate and hostile bowling by Karabo Modise, Nabil Master and James Moses. Only opener Usmaan Mohideen put up a fight and was not out at the end of day’s play with the “Reds” reeling at 56 runs for 6 wickets after 33 overs and losing a wicket on the last ball of the day.

Day two started with Usmaan Mohideen joined by Abhiman Bhargava at the crease. However, Usmaan Mohideen was trapped leg before wicket off the bowling of Dimpho Kegasistwe in the very first over of the day. Some accurate bowling by the “Blues” ended the “Reds” 1st innings on 71 runs after facing only 40.2 overs. Only Usmaan Mohideen, Valentine Mbazo and Abhiman Bhargava reached double figures. The bowling for the “Blues” was led by Karabo Modise with 3 wickets for 12 runs off 7 overs, James Moses with 2 wickets for 20 runs off 10.2 overs and Dimpho Kegasitswe with 3 wickets for 5 runs off 4 overs.

With the “Blues” having a first innings lead of 216 runs, they opted to bat a second time round. This time the “Blues” got off to the worst possible start when they lost their key opener Karabo Motlhanka for a duck off the first ball of the innings, caught behind by Valentine Mbazo, off the bowling of Ane Moduke. Karabo Modise went in at number three and immediately took the attack to the “Reds” bowlers with a quick fire 39 runs off 17 balls with 7 fours. When he was bowled by Lawrence Ntshenki, James Moses joined Inzimam Master at the crease. Inzimam Master fell shortly afterwards for 12 runs off 9 balls with 3 fours. Another two quick wickets fell and the “Blues” found themselves at 105 runs for 5 wickets off 15.3 overs by the lunch break (a lead of 321 runs). Soon after lunch, James Moses went into “one day” mode and took the “Reds” bowling apart, with a rapid knock of 66 runs off 51 balls with 11 fours and one six while wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end, the “Blues” 2nd innings folded for 148 runs in 26.2 overs, giving the “Reds” a victory target of 365 runs off a minimum of 62 overs left on day 2 and a further 100 overs on day 3.

The “Reds” 2nd innings started cautiously with the openers taking their time to settle down for the long chase. Their vigil was short lived as in the 6th over, they lost their opener Valentine Mbazo and a further two wickets fell in the 7th & 9th overs, leaving the “Reds” at 26 runs for 3 wickets. The “Reds” captain, Tharindu Perera joined Muaz Arooz and started the re-building process. They took the score to 81 runs for 3 wickets at tea on day 2. They continued after tea and kept rotating strike and putting the bad ball away to the boundary. They brought their 50 run partnership in the 23rd over of the innings and their 100 run partnership in the 36th over of the innings. However, with the score at 145 runs, their partnership of 119 runs was broken by Dimpho Kegasitswe, when he trapped Tharindu Perera leg before wicket for a well compiled 66 runs off 78 balls with 13 fours and 1 six. Ruan De Wet joined Muaz Arooz at the wicket and took the score on to 215 runs when Leago Mogano trapped Muaz Arooz leg before wicket for a patient and mature knock of 89 runs off 178 balls with 11 fours. The fall of Muaz Arooz brought Abhiman Bhargava to the wicket, and together with Ruan De Wet, they took the “Reds” score to 221 runs for 5 wickets at the end of day 2. The “Reds” still required a further 144 runs with 5 wickets on hand on day 3.

The last day started much cooler than Days 1 & 2 with a slight breeze from the north-east blowing across the BCA “1” Oval. The “Blues” attacked with spin from both ends with Kenneth Paria and Leago Mogano who made the “Reds” batsmen Ruan De Wet and Abhiman Bhargava, having to work very hard to score runs. Eventually the pressure brought the downfall of Ruan De Wet who was bowled by Kenneth Paria for 33 off 68 balls with 5 fours and Leago Mogano bagged the wicket of Abhiman Bhargava which had the “Reds” reeling at 230 runs for 7 wickets; still 130 runs short with only 3 wickets left. The “Blues” captain Karabo Motlhanka took the new ball in the 77th over with James Moses and Dimpho Kegasitswe. There was very little resistance from the “Reds” tail enders except for Ane Moduke who scored 14 runs off 52 balls with 1 four. The end was in sight for the “Blues” as James Moses and Dimpho Kegasitswe accounted for the last three “Reds” wickets. The “Reds” were bowled out for 254 runs in 83.2 overs which gave the “Blues” a victory by a margin of 110 runs.

The experience and opportunity was no doubt a vital part in the outcome and the spirit and enthusiasm displayed by the teams was pleasing. This being the first such outing, it was the first as a “First Class” match for all concerned.



BCA “Blues”  1st Innings:- 287 runs for 9 wkts declared  in 65  overs

Batting                     Karabo Motlhanka   76 runs

Rashaad Mosweu    92  runs

James Moses           39 runs

Bowling                     Phemelo Silas          4 wkts for 80 runs

Muaz Arooz              3 wkts for 49 runs

BCA “Reds” 1st Innings:- 71  runs all out in 40.2 overs

Batting                      Usmaan Mohideen       24 runs

Abhiman Bhargava       14 runs

Bowling                    Karabo Modise             3 wkts for 12 runs

Dimpho Kegasitswe     3 wkts for 5 runs

James Moses               2 wkts for 20 runs

BCA “Blues” 2nd Innings:- 148 runs all out in 26.2  overs

Batting                     Karabo Modise               39 runs

James Moses                  66 runs

Bowling                    Lawrence Ntshenki         2 wkts for 29 runs

Muaz Arooz                    2 wkts for 31 runs

Phemelo Silas                2 wkts for 24 runs


BCA “Reds” 2nd Innings:- 254 runs all out  in 83.2  overs.

Batting                     Muaz Arooz                     89 runs

Tharindu Perera              66 runs

Ruan De Wet                   33 runs

Usmaan Mohideen          22 runs

Bowling                    James Moses                  3 wkts for 42 runs.

Dimpho Kegasitswe        3 wkts for 41 runs

Leago Mogano                2 wkts for 20 runs



UMPIRES             :- Logan Msemburi & Thatayaone Michael

SCORERS            :- Adam Mostafo & Vuzi Zikhale


TEAMS                  :-

BCA “BLUES”      :- Karabo Motlhanka (C), Rashaad Mosweu, Inzimam Master, Hemal Pargji, Lahiru Perera, Karabo Modise, James Moses, Gape Mere, Dimpho Kegasitswe, Nabil Master, Mmoloki Mooketsi, Thabo Mopane, Kenneth Paria, Thabo Galafete, Tshepo Phaswana, Thumo Moarabi.

BCA “REDS”        :- Thaindu Perera (C), Valentine Mbazo, Usmaan Mohideen, Richard Pheko, Muaz Arooz, Ruan De Wet, Ane Moduke, Willie Van Nierkerk, Phemelo Silas, Losika Makgale, Lawrence Ntshenki, Abhiman Bhargava, Junior Mosepele, Boemo Kgosiemang, Katlego Kgosiemang, Thabo Mosemele.


The BCA sincerely thanks all the players, officials, groundstaff, well-wishers & stakeholders as well as the members of the media for their continued encouragement and support in subscribing to our Mission of “Bringing Cricket to the Nation


Kind regards


Sumod (B2) Damodar

Secretary – Fixtures & Publicity                                                   

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