Kids embrace cricket as CK moves to Busia

posted on Feb 17, 2013

Schools cricket came to Busia with the first ever mini-cricket tournament being held at Nandereka Primary School in Samia district over the weekend. 

Despite coming across the game for less than 15 hours ahead of the tournament,NanderekaPrimary School not only hosted the first mini cricket in Western Kenyabut also provided the overall winners as their pipped favourites Nabutuki by six wickets in a match that tied twice resulting into two super overs.

Six schools that was mixed with boys and girls contested the tournament which was run by Cricket Kenya.

Batting first Nabutuki scored scored 65 for the loss of six wickets. Nandereka were on course of wining the match but two wickets in the last overs saw the match settle for a tie leading to a super over.

The story was the same in the super over as the scores ended in a tie. Nabutuki had batted first and made 12 which the hosts leveled from the last ball of the over.

However things were different in the second super over as Nandereka reached Nabutuki’s target of 10 with a ball to spare for no loss.

Rumbiye Primary beat Nanderema by 16 runs to win the second runners up title.  Bukhulungu lost by 3 wickets to Bukiri in the fifth and sixth play offs.

As Cricket Kenya Development Officer- Special Projects Dun Okinyo, explains the tournament benefited both participants and coaches alike:

 “The children involved get the chance to put into practice the various cricket skills and knowledge they have been learning about during the schools programme in a competitive but fun forum whilst the coaches gain experience in managing and coaching”.

He continued by pointing out that, “It’s also an opportunity for the areas outsideNairobi,Mombasaand Nakuru to begin the process of establishing the culture of cricket in their communities and at the same time identity young players with potential.

Bukhulungu teacher Sophie Juma picked up on the fun factor aspect saying that, “The look of enjoyment on the kids’ faces as they either caught a ball or hit one with the bat, and the roars of excitement from teammates and spectators spurring them on really brought home how fun cricket can be”.