The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya Girls Humiliate Visiting Uganda in Final Encounter

Daisy Wairimu gate crashed into the record books by taking four wickets in her first 15 balls to catapult Kenya to seven wickets victory in their last encounter of their six-match Twenty20 series at Ruaraka Sports Club.

Uganda batted first and made 73 all out in 17.1 overs before Kenya reached the target for the loss of three wickets and 30 balls in hand. The 16-year-old medium bowler from Nakuru struck with her tenth ball before adding two more to earn a rare hat trick.

Sherry Pearl (2), Rita Nyagendo (1) and Mary Nalule (0) and Mary Nankinga were Wairimu's casualties during the explosive match. Wairimu was the second player to get a hat-trick after Margaret Banja achieved the feat on Friday in the first match at Peponi School. Wairimu and the national U-19 team-mate Faith Mwende shared all but three wickets.

At 30 for 3, Uganda were poised to make a good total but the 13-year-old Mwende picked three wickets to leave the visitors on 68 for 6 before Wairimu took charge.

Gloria Adubu, who was stumped off Mwende, was the top scorer for Uganda with 24 runs. In reply, Pearlyne Omamo put on a captain inning, making unbeaten 44 as Kenya surpassed Uganda total in 15 overs.

Omamo faced 51 balls hitting four boundaries on the way to her highest score since 2009. Omamo put on 38 for the second wicket with Sharon Juma after Lydia Kaparo had been bowled for a duck.

Juma, who has been impressive in the series with 50 and 40 made 21 off 23, before she was caught off Nalule's bowling with scores at 58 on the leader board. Sarah Bhakita made only 2 before Consy Aweko uprooted her stumps.

Omamo was impressed by the two bowler's contribution saying: "Daisy bowled superbly. We managed to take four wickets quickly, and we fought hard all day. I thought Faith played superbly well, credit to her too," "Daisy showed a great attitude to the game today. I think she enjoyed bowling."

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