Kenya finish third in the Africa Junior show in Dar es Salaam

posted on Dec 10, 2013

THE Kenya U19 Ladies cricket team finished third in the annual Africa Junior Girls Cricket Championships held in Tanzania.

After winning two matches and losing three the girls side ended up third behind Uganda and hosts Tanzania.

The event began with a loss for Kenya as they went down by three wickets to defending champions Uganda at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana ground.

After winning the toss, Kenya batters had difficulty in piling up runs and made only 45 in 17.2 overs in which Uganda replied with three wickets and 25 balls in hand.

Best with the bat in that game was Monica Ndhambi  with 15, while wickets went to Edith Wanjiku with 3 for 9.

The second match was against Rwanda. Rwanda limited Kenya for 74 for 8 with Quinta Aoko and Jackline Adhiambo making 16 and 11 respectively.

Rwanda replied with a great opening stance that saw them register the shocking win in 16.4 overs despite two wickets from Vanessa Adhiambo.

The next day Kenya was up against Botswana and needed to win by all means. Being put in to field, Kenyan girls restricted them 76 with Rose Awuor and Daisy Wairimu picking two wickets each.

With 24 for 2 after 6 overs, the heavens broke and the match was called off and Kenya were declared winners via DL Method.

In the afternoon, Kenya was up against the hosts. Tanzania put on 61 for 7 Faith  Mwende and Vanessa Adhiambo picking two wickets.

Kenya reply was not that good as they lost four wickets for 30 runs. But they managed to get a reprieve in Awuor and Amy Mkirema who got Kenya to 50 before Mkirema was bowled.

Awuor managed to stick in there for long and gave Kenya some hope until the last over where they lost two wickets when three was required. 

Emily Wambui got two off the last balls to tie the scores and force into super over. Kenya made only three in the super over a target the hosts reached with two balls to spare.

The last day saw Kenya play Mozambique in a must win match so as to finish top three.   

The girls made 53 for 8 off their 20 overs.

Mozambique started the chase well putting on 23 for the first wicket but as soon as Kenya bowlers struck in the fifth over, Mozambique didn't get back into the game and lost wickets at regular intervals with seven of their players scoring ducks