17 November 2012

Uganda: Charity Girls Unstoppable

By the time Charity defeated Tornado to win the Twenty20 Mehta Premier League in October, it was evident we are not merely dealing with a team but some sort of greatness.

Charity could easily be content with where they are - a young team with a lot of talent and a bright future. Instead, Flavia Laker's side are going about creating a dynasty in national women's cricket.

For two years running, Charity have won the national league and T20 league and one cannot help but wonder how much more success awaits them. Sport is forever unpredictable, of course, but it's fair to say Charity will take some stopping.

That is partly because Charity's youth is balanced by the experience of national team skipper Barbara Mukankusi and skipper Laker. In terms of role models for Charity's youngsters, you can't do better than Mukankusi and Laker.

Going forward, the Wanderers and, to a lesser extent, Tornado are Charity's biggest challengers. In fact, the Wanderers would be champions if the format of the national women's league did not include a final between the top two at the end of the round robin stage.

The Wanderers won the round robin stage but came up short against Charity in the final. Wanderers' players have gone to remark that they won the league but Charity won the final. The Wanderers are not short of ambition as they have illustrated with occasional forays into Kenya for reinforcements.

They beefed up their team ahead of their Mehta Premier League semifinal against Charity. They went on to run Charity close but still lost by five wickets.

Tornado, led by man-of-series Franklin Najjumba, were defeated by seven wickets in the final of the Mehta Premier League but getting there in itself was an achievement.

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