In a historic week of events that saw Rwanda’s first international standard cricket stadium officially opened by President Kagame, Uganda took victory in the inaugural Cricket Builds Hope T20 tournament. In a thrilling final the side from Uganda reached the 116 runs required with overs to spare, overcoming the Christopher Shale XI. In the earlier game to decide the plate, Kenya took victory over a spirited Coutts team.
The Cricket Builds Hope tournament began Sunday 22nd October with sides from all over Africa and the UK taking part. They were all fighting it out for the Christopher Shale trophy named after the man’s whose vision it was to build the new cricket stadium in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s first international standard cricket stadium officially opened on Saturday after a groundbreaking partnership between British charity Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, the Rwanda Cricket Association and the Government of Rwanda. The milestone was celebrated with a Celebrity T20 game between two teams captained by Michael Vaughan and Herschelle Gibbs respectively, with special guests including young cricketing star Sam Billings and Kenya legend, Steve Tikolo
Alby Shale, RCSF project director, said: “Congratulations to Uganda on winning the Cricket Builds Hope trophy. They played great cricket and deserved the victory. It’s been a hugely emotional week watching the dream of my father become a reality but this is just the beginning. With the help of this facility, I look forward to watching cricket in Rwanda grow and I’m positive we will see them in a World Cup in the near future.”
RCSF will now make the transition to ‘Cricket Builds Hope’, a social action project that uses cricket to benefit the Rwandan community. Working with local government, Cricket Builds Hope has begun developing programmes speciﬁcally designed to help disadvantaged women and girls in Gahanga. These programmes are expected to be active in early 2018.