Debutant Wanjiru excels as Kenya humiliate Namibia


posted on Dec 15, 2013

Kenya’s debutant Edith Wanjiru took 2 for 2 as Kenya Ladies cricket team registered their first win in the ICC Africa Senior Women Championships at University of Dar es Salaam grounds.

Wanjiru who was promoted into the team after a sterling performance in the just concluded Africa Junior Girls Championships helped Kenya who had made 90 for 9 to bowl out Namibia for 35 in 13.1 overs.

The thirteen year old pupil at Nakuru’s St.Joseph’s  Primary, replacing Beryl Oyugi conceded only two runs in 13 balls she bowled as Kenya who had lost to Uganda and hosts Tanzania defended their highest total in the event.

Kayleen Green (5) and Ineth Tjazirapi (1) were the culprits of Wanjiku’s left arm. Green was bowled after facing 13 balls while Tjazirapi was caught after only three balls.

 "I heard that I was playing and I was happy and wanted to do my best. My coach gave me good advice. He told me to stay calm and keep it simple," Wanjiru said.

Emily Ruto had given the Kenyan side a good start with 3 for 11. Other wicket takers for Kenya were Mary Belle (2 for 5), Mercy Adhiambo (1 for 2) and Ruth Mwihaki (1 for 5).

Namibia who are yet to win a match in the five nations event lost wickets at regular intervals and eight runs stand for the seventh wicket was the highest.

Kenya batters shared runs with no one getting past 15 runs mark. Pearlyne Omamo was the top scorer with 13 off 25 balls. Sarah Bhakita, Margaret Banja, Quinta Aoko and Belle made 10 runs while Ruto made her second duck in a row.

A 21 runs stand for the second wicket between Omamo and Banja was the highest for the Kenyans.

Maryka Short was Namibia’s top bowler with 3 for 14.

In other match played at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana, South Africa beat Tanzania by 4 wickets to register their third straight win.

After restricting the hosts for 59, South Africa reached the target with four wickets in hand in 17.1 overs despite early scares from the hosts who had put them at 36 for 5 at some stage.