6 December 2012

Kenya: Girls Eye Glory

Kenya Under-19 girls' cricket team jet out of the country tomorrow for the Africa junior girls cricket championships in Kampala, Uganda.

Six teams will take part in the four-day event starting on Saturday. Coach Peter Ongondo said they are ready for the Kampala show and the players are all psyched up.

"We have a balanced side and our approach would be to win every match we play," said Ongondo. "It's a big tournament and even if we fail to produce winning result, we intend to put up a good fight with every opponent," he added.

Ongondo said bowling was the team's strong point, adding that their focus has been on fielding and batting. "We have some good all-rounders and it being a Twenty20 tournament, we stand a very good chance. I hope we can bring good results home," said the former national team opening bowler.

The team, which includes seven new faces from the side that played in last year's event in Tanzania, will be captained by Quinta Aoko, who was voted player of the tournament last year.

Aoko, who will be finishing her KCPE exams today at Kisulisuli Primary School in Nakuru, said her side will no doubt put up a good show in Uganda.

"We players are ready to give our best effort on the ground. I am less worried about the result, but I am sure we will play good cricket," she added.

"We are a good side in terms of bowling and fielding and we have put up extra effort to improve on our batting this time round," she added.

"We have some experienced players at this level including former captain and we have young players who are highly motivated after our performance in Tanzania last year where we finished second behind the hosts," she added.

The Kenya team includes former captain Ruth Ambiyo, wicket keeper Jane Achieng and bowler Faith Mwende.

Players who were not part of the last year's squad are--Esther Wangare, Rose Awuor, Jackline Adhiambo, Daisy Wairimu, Edith Wanjiku, Caroline Nduku and Mako Wako. Apart from hosts Uganda and Tanzania, other teams taking part in the event are Rwanda, Mozambique and Botswana.

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