Rift Valley and Nairobi start junior tournament with wins over Coast

posted on Aug 27, 2013

Rift Valley Hawks started their campaign of the Cricket Kenya Junior Ladies Championships with an emphatic five wickets win over Coast Eaglets at the Rift Valley Sports Club.

Coast went on to loss the second match by seven wickets to defending champions Nairobi Falcons at the same venue.

Apart from giving the girls aged 11-19 a chance to compete regularly, the event that has drawn players from Coast, Rift Valley, Western and Nairobi is aimed at preparing Kenya for the upcoming Africa Junior Girls Championships in Tanzania in December.

After restricting Coast for 72 for 7 in alloted 20 overs, Rift Valley reached the required target in 16.3 overs with Sharon Juma topscoring with 28 from 40 balls.

She put on stand of 28 for the second wicket with Quinta Aoko that got the scores to 30 after Wikister Diana had been run out on 1.

Juma who was dropped four times went on to put on 24 for the fourth wicket with Rose Awuor that got the scores to 63 before she was finally caught at mid on off Emily Akinyi’s.

Awour remained unbeaten on 7 from 18 balls.

Awuor, Peninah Kithome and Mary Wambui had picked two wickets each as Rift Valley came back to restrict Coast whi had earlier looked threatening.

Vanessa Adhiambo was Coast’s top scorer with 17 from 36 balls that included two boundaries.

Awuor got the wickets of Jackline Adhiambo (9) and Vanessa to finish with 2 for 9 while Kithome ended wityh 2 for 19 after removing Nelima Bridgit (0) and Pannnencer Atieno (4).

Wambui got the wickets of Jane Achieng (6) and Beryl Oyugi (5) on his way to figures of 2 for 6.

In their second match, Jane Achieng’s 21 was not enough to see Coast Eaglets to victory. Achieng’s score that came from 54 balls saw her team post 61 for 8 in 20 overs but that was not enough to deny Nairobi Falcons from registering seven wickets win with 7.5 wickets to spare.

Despite losing partners, the opener shared a sixth wicket stand with Edith Wanjiru that got her team to 54. Achieng who didn’t manage any boundary in her inning was bowled by Daisy Wairimu to leave Wanjiru in charge and the young player didn’t dissapoint as she played through the inning making unbeaten 10.

Earlier sisters Jackline Sabina and Faith Mwende had removed Beryl Oyugi (0), Vanessa Adhiambo (0), Sharon Odera (0) and Emily Akinyi (2) to leave them on 19 for 5 before the two gave their inning some life.

In reply, Hannah Ngina made 12 as Nairobi started their title defence on a resounding note. After loosing Wairimu on 8 Ngina and Amy Mkirema put on 14 for the second wicket before Lydia Kaparo who made 11 and Barbara Ambiyo sealed the victory.