The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya Girls Fall

KENYA women's cricket side lost their opening two matches to Uganda by 20 and 5 runs respectively in the Twenty20 series at the Peponi School yesterday.

Kenya have themselves to blame for the loses having displayed poor bowling tactics. The middle order batsmen were equally a major let down for the home team especially in the second match.

Playing without Pearlyne Omamo, Sharon Juma and Mercyline Adhiambo in the first match, Uganda set a target of 92 for Kenya but they only managed 72 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Sarah Bhakita was the top-scorer for Kenya in the match with 26 not out. She was aided by opener Ruth Mwihaki, who made 24. Mwihaki who opened in the absence of Omamo and injured Emily Ruto put on 34 for the first wicket with Margaret Banja who made 20 before being bowled by Consy Aweko.

Mwihaki was later on bowled by Caroline Namugenyi, leaving Bhakita to finish the job. Lydia Kaparo was run out on the way with 6. Earlier Banja had picked a hat-trick to help Kenya bowl their visitors out in 13 overs after what looked as a disastrous start.

She finished with figures of 4 for 29 in 3.4 overs. Other wicket takers for Kenya were Mwihaki and Kaparo, who picked 2 for 7 and 2 for 14 respectively.

Scovia Akello was Uganda top scorer with 28 while Barbara Mukankusi and Gloria Adubu chipped in with 18 and 13 respectively. The script was different in the second match.

While the bowling was impressive with Ugandans being put under pressure at all times, the batting failed with only four players getting into double figures. Uganda were restricted for 76 for 9 before they were bowled out for 71.

The match was headed Kenya's way until the 19th over when stock bowler Gloria Adubu got the wickets of Beryl Oyugi and Doline Adhiambo and later managed a run out of Peris Abuko. At that time, Kenya required 15 to win after Mercy Adhiambo and Juma had gotten Kenya to 62 for 5 after the losses of Omamo, Banja, Bhakita and Kaparo with the board at 46.

With ten required off the last over, Mercy was run out on 14 with six needed. Bhakita and Juma made 11 and 12 respectively before they fell to Flavia Laker and Rita Nyagendo. Bhakita was the star bowler for Kenya with 4 for 12 in her 4 overs.

She got the wickets of Laker, Kevin Apio, Franklyn Najummba and Sharon Athola. Omamo picked 2 for 9. The two teams face off each other today at Ruaraka Sports Club from 9am.

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