26 November 2012

Kenya: Bhakita, Adhiambo Lift Kenya Girls to Victory Over Uganda

Sarah Bhakita and Mercy Adhiambo put on unbeaten stand of 70 runs to steer Kenya to a comfortable six-wicket win over Uganda in their fourth match of the six-match Twenty 20 series at Ruaraka Sports Club. This was Kenya's first win after they had lost the first three matches to their East Africa neighbours.

Owing to a magnificent unbeaten 31 by Bhakita and her unbroken partnership with opening bowler Adhiambo (28), Kenya, overhauled a competitive target of 108 on a bouncy strip with 5 balls to spare.

It was one of the best innings one could have witnessed in women's cricket in the region as the two lifted Kenya from danger at 40 for 4. Bhakita faced 23 balls, hitting only three boundaries.

She scored the winning run when she send Franklyne Najummba to the boundary with one needed of the last over. Adhiambo faced 35 balls, scoring 28 runs which included two boundaries.

The local ladies had lost Pearlyne Omamo (3), Margaret Banja (3), Sharon Juma (19) and Quinta Aooko (10) to leave Kenya at 40 for 4 before the two right handers put on a spirited fight to steer Kenya to victory.

Mary Belle and Bhakita were the toast of Kenyan bowling with two wickets each as Uganda reached their total of 108 for the loss of seven wickets.

Scovia Akello was the chief destroyer with 37 off 36 balls. In the first match of the day, wicket keeper Sharon Juma saw her maiden half go to waste when Kenya lost by 2 wickets at the same venue.

Batting first, Kenya made 106 for 5 with Juma making unbeaten 50 before misfileds saw Kenya lose with 3 balls spare and two wickets in hand. Kenya were yet again in deep waters at 35 for 3 but Juma hit some phenomenal shots to steer the country to the total.

She hit six fours from 46 balls she faced. Beryl Oyugi was also impressive with the bat, making unbeaten 17 off 18. Openers Banja and Omamo made 6 and 12 before they fell to Consy Aweko and Flavia Laker respectively.

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