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St Helena cricket heroes make the front page

St Helena’s national cricket team has made the front page of the British national newspaper, The Daily Telegraph – nine days beating four African nations in its first-ever international tournament.

Writer David Millward names 57-year-old Gavin George as one of the star players, partly thanks to a game in which he and his son David each scored 48 runs against Gambia.

Millward’s story has some engaging touches, including training matches on board the RMS St Helena.

Shipping schedules had prevented the team accepting a previous tournament invitation, but this time it favoured the team’s ambitions.

“There was still the odd hurdle to be overcome before the Saints could make their international debut,” writes Millward.

“Participating in a ‘pyjama cricket’ tournament, the team discovered to its horror that it did not have green wicketkeeper pads.

“This was rectified with a swift and judicious application of a coat of green paint.”

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Cricket: Saints end on a win, after missing final by three runs

LINK:
Cricket fever sweeps St Helena – Daily Telegraph

Cricket: now island winners must face champions Rwanda

St Helena’s cricketers still have one of the big challenges to face in their debut tournament this week in South Africa.

St helena cricket team logo - a red ball bearing a map of the island, smashing a wicketThey can take confidence from their three victories and one exquisitely close defeat so far, but today (Saturday) they take to the crease against the defending champions, Rwanda – who went into the contest “expecting a good scrap”.

Rwanda claimed the title last year by beating the Seychelles – the team that fought St Helena to a tantalising 128-run draw on Thursday, but then scored highest in a deciding “super over”.

But there is every reason for optimism on the basis of Rwanda’s results at Benoni this year.

They secured a strong victory against Cameroon, but so did the islanders.

Yesterday they lost to tournament favourites Zambia by eight wickets – a far greater margin than St Helena experienced against the same team.

But Rwanda was beaten by Gambia – who were themselves beaten by St Helena yesterday. Both matches ended with only 11 runs between the teams, suggesting a close-run battle today.

It may come down to the quality of the bowling: although Rwanda lost the match, they took eight wickets from Gambia in an innings that ran to the full 20 overs.

Rwanda Cricket logo - a ball superimposed on the Rwandan flag The Rwanda captain told allAfrica.com his team was in great shape for the ICC Africa Division 3 festival after a “promising” tour of Uganda two weeks ago.

“The lads are very keen to get on with the action after three weeks of intensive training,” said top-order batsman Eric Dusingizimana. “We have played in the competition since 2004 and have good experience at this level and can comfortably say that the team is really competitive and is going to get stuck in.

“People will be looking out for us because we won it last year, but we’ve been together another year and we know we can get over the line. We have that in our advantage.”

Rwanda’s coach, Collin Siller, told allAfrica.com that his batsmen had struggled against pace bowlers and much faster spinners on the Uganda tour.

The Saints can expect the Rwandans to go all-out in the first six overs in order to “disorganise” their opponents.

“It’s crucial that we go on the attack early on when the fielding restrictions are still in play,” he said.

Dusingizimana saw the key threat as coming from Zambia – the only team that has convincingly beaten the South Atlantic islanders. He was expecting a tough game against them yesterday.

But one comment might leave Saint fans slightly baffled:

“Unlike all the other teams, we have not played against Zambia and know very little about them,” he said.

St Helenians will have to do some serious head-scratching to recall a previous encounter between Rwanda and the islanders.

Before the start of this week, none of the other nations knew very much about St Helena’s cricketers.

They do now.

St Helena also faces Morocco today.

SEE ALSO:
Cricket: father and son give St Helena third win, by George!
Dax outruns Mali’s entire team – but Seychelles sneak win
St Helena cricketers beat Cameroon, then fall to Zambia

LINKS:
Tournament website

Cricket: father and son give St Helena third win, by George!

St Helena 140 – Gambia 129

St Helena’s national cricket team has notched up its third victory in South Africa – thanks to high-scoring by Jamestown B players David and Gavin George.

The father-and-son duo scored 48 runs each against Gambia, according to official figures.

St Helena batted first and set a target of 140 to beat. That was 11 runs more than the West African nation could deliver.

St Helena play Morocco and Rwanda at Benoni today (Saturday).

OFFICIAL RESULTS:

Venue: Willowmoore Park
Result: St. Helena scored 139 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs
Best Batting Figures St. Helena: D. George 48 of 44; G. George 48 of 37
Gambia scored 129 runs for the loss of 9 wickets
Best Batting Figures Gambia: A. Yadav 26 of 31; M. Williams 29 of 24
Best Bowling figures St. Helena: S. Crowie 4 for 17
ST. HELENA WON BY 1 WICKET

SEE ALSO:
Now winning islanders must face champions Rwanda
Dax outruns Mali’s entire team – but Seychelles sneak win
St Helena cricketers beat Cameroon, then fall to Zambia

LINKS:
Tournament website
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