Kenya Ladies faces daunting task in the Africa Senior Women show

posted on Dec 13, 2013

KENYA Ladies senior cricketers face daunting task of adapting to the tough assignments in Tanzania when the Africa Senior Girls Twenty20 Championships begins.

Kenya doesn’t have good memories of their last tour in Tanzania. The last time they were there in December last year for the Twenty20 Qualifiers, they failed to register a win in five matches and they will be trying as much as they can to erase those memories by improving on that perfomance.

Kenya will face Zimbabwe in the opening match on Saturday morning before taking on favourites South Africa in the afternoon.

This could be Kenya’s toughest matches before taking on their East Africa neighbors Tanzania on day two and Uganda and Namibia on day three of the three day event.

The matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe could give Kenya an idea on what to do before facing their East Africa rivals.

The last time Kenya met the two sides they were on the receiving end. They have a better record over Namibians but with teams improving every day, we can’t rule out a surprise from the South African side.

Kenya’s success would hinge on how well the senior players in the team will perform especially against Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia.

Wins for Kenya against the three teams will with no doubt make them the regional queen’s in the shorter format of the game.

Opener Pearlyne Omamo has shown some class lately in practice and a lot will be expected from her. But it will be very encouraging how she will tackle the hot conditions of Dar es Salaam that tend to wear out batters.

Sarah Bhakita too looks to be in good touch.

 Emily Ruto may choose to go in with Mercy Adhiambo, Ruth Mwihaki as her seamers and Omamo as her spin options. It will be interesting to see how Ruto uses Beryl Oyugi and young Edith Wanjiku as her fifty and sixth bowlers.

Other youngsters that could play a key role in Kenya’s quest to improve on their last year’s performance are Daisy Wairimu, Quinta Aoko and Jane Achieng. .