Bhakita to the rescue as Kenya down Namibia to book qualifier berth


posted on Sep 13, 2017

Sarah Bhakita blustery inning of 61 lifted Kenya women from a wobbly position of 35 for six to post 117 for nine in the ongoing ICC Women World Twenty20 Africa Qualifiers in Windhoek Namibia.

The host nation won the toss to put Kenya in and broke quite early when opening bowler Maria Enright accounted for both opening batters Queentor Aoko (7) and Veronica Abuga (6) in quick succession cleaning them up in the second and last ball of the third over.

It went from bad to worse when dependable skipper Margaret Ngoche (1) was also bowled for a single by Sune Wittmann to reduce Kenya to 19 for three. Silvia Kinyua was then caught for just six runs off the bowling of A van Schoor before Mary Wambui further complicated matters for Kenya after being run out by Yasmeen Khan for four. Ruth Ambiyo left Bhakita stranded when she was snared by Irene van Zyl for just two runs to the delight of the home side as the East Africans dropped to a low of 35 for six.

It was left to Bhakita to engineer a fightback almost single handedly as the entire top order caved in and when the call came she answered it emphatically scoring 10 bounderies in her explosive inning of just 36 deliveries, the lower order of Esther Wangare (7), Venessa Aoko (5) Faith Mwende (3) and Edith Wanjiru (4 not out) added just 19 runs between them but crucially provided support for Bhakita’s onslaught.

Woman of the match Bhakita was later to return to haunt the Namibians with triple scalp finishing on 3/15 off her four overs but it was Kinyua 3/10 with the ball that provided the key breakthrough trapping the dangerous Enright for 32 and soon after Ngoche ran out Khan for 36 to put paid to Namibians hopes.

Kenya will now face Uganda on Friday afternoon for a place in Sunday’s final. Thursday, September 14 is a rest day.