RWANDA MEN’s national cricket team’s bid to qualify to Division 2 fell flat as they only managed a third-place finish in the just concluded ICC Africa Division 3 tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Only one spot was up for grabs and it was taken by Swaziland. Rwanda won three and lost three matches to finish in third position with nine points, three behind winners Swaziland.
Swaziland won the tournament to earn a place in Division 2 with twelve points and a superior +1.403 net run rate over Sierra Leone who also amassed 12 points but had an inferior +0.729.
After recording three wins in four matches by Sunday night last week, Rwanda needed to book a win against Swaziland and Sierra Leone in their final fixtures to be assured of qualification.
To the contrary, Rwanda lost the two matches. The team lost by six wickets against Sierra Leone [124/5 against 108/7] before losing to eventual winners Swaziland by 34 runs [132-9 against 98-All Out].
Gambia were fourth after managing a win and losing five times to secure three points.
Rwanda’s Eric Dusabemungu Hirwa was the second overall MVP with 90.44 points behind Haris Rashid, from Swaziland, who secured 108.69 points from six matches.