Nanderema reign in Busia show
Nanderema Primary School are the winners of the inaugural Cricket Kenya-Western Kenya Mini Cricket tournament.
The school won both the girls and boys title during the event held at Nanderema Primary School on Wednesday and graced by NPCA boss Tom Tikolo.
Nanderema beat Nabutuki by 3 wickets to win the boys title while their girl’s counterpart trounced Bukhulungu by 7 wickets to emerge the winners.
Batting first Nabutuki boys found the going getting tough against a spirited Nanderema and could only manage 26 all out. Austin Ouma was the chief destroyer to Nabutuki’s quest for the title by picking 3 wickets for 2 runs. In reply, Nanderema took only 3.3 overs to emerge the champions. Evans Bwire (8) and Austin Okumu (12) top scored for Nanderema.
Nanderema made it into the final by beating Bukiri by 6 wickets while Nabutuki beat favorites Rumbiye by 5 runs.
The girls who made it in the finals after escaping a late scare against Bukiri in the semi finals ensured that the same does not repeat in the finals by beating Bukhulungu by a whopping 7 wickets.
Chasing 46 runs, Nanderema ensured that it was a double feat for their school by achieving the target with four balls to spare.
Susan Ajiambo was the top scorer with the tournaments highest of 26 from 21 balls.
She was assisted by Elizabeth Adhiambo who made 8 in their unbeaten stand. Helen Marenya had picked two wickets to help her side bowl out the surprise of the tournament for 46.
Brenda Ajiambo was the top scorer with 14 runs.
Nanderema had beaten Bukiri 6 runs in super over while Nabutuki made it in the last two 5 wickets with Bridget Nelima and Millicent Nabwire making 22 and 14 respectively.
Tikolo who umpired the final match was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion the pupils and teachers had developed on the game in three months.
“I have been impressed so much with what I have seen today. I couldn’t believe when I saw the passion among the kids and their teachers coming only months since they started cricket. Seeing teachers running up and down to ensure that the players are doing well was just encouraging,” Tikolo who was the pioneer of the development programme in Kenya said.
He thanked CK for starting the game in the area and the Development Director Kalpesh Solanki for donating the desks which were issued to the winning teams.
Tikolo was hopeful that other areas around Busia will take up the game so as to help in developing of the game.
Former national team opening bowler Peter Ongondo asked the teachers to continue helping the players as by doing that, they will only be doing human justice to the players who have showed passion to the sport.