Kenya recaptures Kwibula title


posted on Jun 12, 2017

Kenya national women's cricket team reclaimed the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace title when the curtains came down on the four-day annual tournament held at Kicukiro cricket oval in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Kenyan girls trounced Uganda under-19 women to lift the trophy they first won in 2015.

Uganda U19 won the toss and elected to sent Kenya in. That decision seemed to have bored fruit when they got Kenya into deep trouble at 51 for the loss of eight wickets after 13.1 overs, thanks to some disciplined bowling that ensured Kenya never got away in their innings. 


Amidst Kenya's unimpressive top order batting display, captain Margaret Banja stayed put on one end despite losing partners and stitched together a patient 35 off 53 deliveries including four boundaries. This propelled Kenya to 87 at the conclusion of their 20 overs.


The Kenyan inning gathered some impetus later in the game as Venessa Adhiambo (14) was introduced to the crease to pair with Banja. Adhiambo plundering quick runs in her cameo stay at the wicket when scores changed from 51 to 68 in 4 overs.


The Ugandans did not fare well in their reply to Kenya's total as they lost early wickets to stumble to 17 for 4 from 5.3 overs. Stephanie Nampiima kept Uganda's hunt alive until Edith Wanjiru cleaned her up for 28 runs, dampening the team's hopes of staging an upset in the final.


Esther Wangare then produced an over that the Kenyans won't forget in a hurry; she bowled a tight line giving away nothing and creating intolerable pressure for their opponents. Uganda lost four wickets and the match altogether in a space of six balls in the 18th over to fold up for 69, 18 runs short of Kenya's total and hand Kenya their second title.