The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Peponi Given a Cricket Lesson

Captain Emily Ruto hit an unbeaten 43 to lead Kenya Ladies XI to a six-wicket victory over Peponi in their Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association 50-overs knockout tournament at Peponi School on Sunday.

Ruto made little of Peponi's total of 103 all out, as she hit four boundaries in her 80-ball inning which earned her the lady-of-the-match award. The skipper and Ruth Mwihaki (19) figured in a third-wicket stand of 66 in 20 overs to get their team to 83 for 3 in 30 overs.

The two came up together to build the stand after Pearlyne Omamo and Sharon Juma had been dismissed for one and two respectively inside four overs.

Their stand was ended when Mwihaki was caught and bowled by Carl Abijein. Her dismissal brought in Belinda Maska who could only make four before she was run out in an attempt to steal a second run.

Peponi struggled against the Ladies XI bowlers and their total was never competitive enough to give their bowlers a chance against their opponents who are using the tournament to prepare for next months International Cricket Council/Africa Women Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in Tanzania.

Mercy Adhiambo and Mwihaki bowled a tantalizing line and length to swindle the hosts batting, taking four wickets for 32 runs between them.

The four other bowlers used-Mary Belle, Maska, Omamo and Ruto- picked five wickets between them with Belle taking 2 for 10 in three overs.

Unlike the Ladies XI inning which was slow, at one time they were 40 for 2 in 15 overs, Peponi batsmen were daring but lost wickets easily in the end.

Things could have been worse for the home team if not for Sasha Devani who made 50 off 82 balls. Apart from Devani no other batsman made more than 10 runs.

"We had a good game plan and we got it about 75 percent right," said Ruto "All the bowlers bowled to our plans and we could put pressure on them. There was not much pressure for batsmen. We needed to play with wickets in hand."

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