Kenya lay down marker as tournament favourites in Kigali opener


posted on Jun 09, 2017

Kenya women brushed aside Uganda U23 women when they beat them by five wickets on the first day of the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace T20 tournament at the Kicukiro Oval on Thursday.

 

Uganda, who won the toss and elected to bat never got going in their innings thanks to well measured bowling by the Kenyan openers Venessa Adhiambo and Mary Wambui. However, it was Margaret Banja's 3-13 who provided the major breakthroughs, picking opener Saidat Kemigisha for a single, before cleaning up the middle-order batters, Gertrude Candiru (0) and Kalsum Rashida (1). 

 

Uganda found the going tough at 12 for 4 after 9 overs. Kevin Awino (23) and Mary Nalule (29) guided them to a meaningful total of 78. Nalule’s hitting gave the innings some momentum with 49 runs coming off the last 41 balls including a last over from Adhiambo that leaked 15 runs. 

 

In response, Kenya made a flying start courtesy of an aggressive Queentor Aoko who notched up a quick fire 20 off 11 balls including four boundaries, three of these in the second over bowled by Rachael Ntono that produced 14 runs forcing the Ugandans to make immediate bowling changes as the first two overs produced 23 runs. 

 

Uganda’s Candiru claimed Aoko in the third over to check the runaway Kenyans and briefly threatened to make a game of it when skipper Banja also fell to her for 10. Opener Wambui, Sylvia Kinyua and Adhiambo were to follow in quick succession as Kenya moved from a strong position of 46/2 after 6.2 overs to 58/5 in a span of 3.1 overs.

 

 

Ruth Ambiyo’s run-a-ball 15 and Sarah Bhakita’s 11 off 13 deliveries ensured they guided Kenya to safety without further damage. Kenya face Uganda U19 on Friday 9th June at 10am local time.

Kenya women brushed aside Uganda U23 women when they beat them by five wickets on the first day of the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace T20 tournament at the Kicukiro Oval on Thursday.
Uganda, who won the toss and elected to bat never got going in their innings thanks to well measured bowling by the Kenyan openers Venessa Adhiambo and Mary Wambui. However, it was Margaret Banja's 3-13 who provided the major breakthroughs, picking opener Saidat Kemigisha for a single, before cleaning up the middle-order batters, Gertrude Candiru (0) and Kalsum Rashida (1). 
Uganda found the going tough at 12 for 4 after 9 overs. Kevin Awino (23) and Mary Nalule (29) guided them to a meaningful total of 78. Nalule’s hitting gave the innings some momentum with 49 runs coming off the last 41 balls including a last over from Adhiambo that leaked 15 runs. 
In response, Kenya made a flying start courtesy of an aggressive Queentor Aoko who notched up a quick fire 20 off 11 balls including four boundaries, three of these in the second over bowled by Rachael Ntono that produced 14 runs forcing the Ugandans to make immediate bowling changes as the first two overs produced 23 runs. 
Uganda’s Candiru claimed Aoko in the third over to check the runaway Kenyans and briefly threatened to make a game of it when skipper Banja also fell to her for 10. Opener Wambui, Sylvia Kinyua and Adhiambo were to follow in quick succession as Kenya moved from a strong position of 46/2 after 6.2 overs to 58/5 in a span of 3.1 overs.
Ruth Ambiyo’s run-a-ball 15 and Sarah Bhakita’s 11 off 13 deliveries ensured they guided Kenya to safety without further damage. Kenya face Uganda U19 on Friday 9th June at 10am local time.