Coast register first win in junior girls show

posted on Aug 29, 2013

Coast Eaglets registered their first win of the ongoing Cricket Kenya Junior Girls Championships by beating defending champions Nairobi Falcons by 3 wickets at the Rift Valleys Sports Club yesterday.

Batting first, Falcons who won last year’s event made 67 all out in 20 overs before Eaglets reached the required target with three balls to play.

Falcons reached the total through a hard fought 20 off 24 balls from Amy Mkirema and Barbra Ambiyo added 10 from 25 balls before they fell to Edith Wanjiru and Vanessa Adhiambo respectively.

The two right handers lifted their team from deep waters that had seen them on 11 for 4 thanks to Leah Njeri who got three of the top order batsmen.

Eaglets began their chase on a sour note losing four wickets for 22 runs before a fourth wicket stand of 39 runs between Sharon Odera and Wanjiru revived thye inning but getting them to 59.

Odera made 13 not out from 30 balls while Wanjiku made 11 from 26 as the annual event entered the third day.

Their partnership was ended when Wanjiru was clean bowled by Caroline Nyambura.

After the stand was broken, things got tougher for Eaglets as they lost two more wickets in quick succession.

Anyango was bowled for a duck by Nyambura with scores on 60 and Wangui was run out on a direct hit from Saumu Swaleh with four runs to win.

The victory was achieved when Panesser Atieno made two runs of the first three balls of hit Swaleh’s last over.

With the win, Coast Eaglets moved to the second place behind leaders Rift Valley Hawks. Nairobi Falcons are third after three matches .