Kenya Ladies waste golden opportunity to end Uganda supremacy


posted on Dec 14, 2013

Kenya Ladies Cricket team opened their Africa Senior Women Twenty20 championships with a nine runs loss to Uganda at Dar es Salaam University grounds.

Mary Belle bagged four wickets to successfully help Kenya restrict Uganda to 62 a very easy target to chase. However in the second inning, Uganda bowled well and did not let Kenya score many runs. Kenya was all out in the 18th over after scoring 53 runs.

Kenya began their chase on a more familiar way, losing four wickets for 20 runs in 7.1 overs.. The wickets kept n falling but Margaret Banja (7 off 33 balls) and Sharon Juma (11 of 18) gave Kenya some life of winning the match at 37 in 12 overs, but as soon as the stand was broken Kenya lost five wickets for 16 runs.

Banja dropped to number three in the line up to pave way for Sarah Bhakita managed to stay on the crease for 12 overs after Pearlyne Omamo was caught for a duck by Naomi Kayondo but only managed seven runs

Bhakita started Kenya off with her usual way making 12 from 14 balls before she was trapped leg before with Kenya ahead on run rate at 16 for 2 in 4.4 overs.

After 10 overs, Kenya stood at 30 runs at a loss of Omamo, Emily Ruto, Bhakita and Lydia Kaparo wickets. Kenya required 13 runs off 24 balls to win the match with four wickets in hand but its fronm here things took a different turn and lost the match.

Mercy Adhiambo and Belle were bowled by Justine Musubika for two and Daisy Wairimu was run out for one to leave Kenya on 51 for 8. Frustrated Belle was also run out on 6 off 12 and it was all over when Ruth Mwihaki was also bowled for one. .

Thanks to Belle’s incredible swing, Uganda 21 for 5 in 10 overs. With her bowling, Uganda were at 15 for 4 and stood at 21 for 5 when she was finishing her great spell that left Uganda’s changing room in panic.

Skipper Kayondo remained cool all this time and posted a patint 23 from 34 balls that got her side past 50 runs.

Frankline Najjumba also looked threatening with 10 from 8 balls that got the scores to 43 for 7. Naomi was the last wicket to fall when she was caught off Adhiambo with two balls to play.

In other match, South Africa (159 for 2) beat Namibia 53 all out by 103 runs at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana.