KENYA'S Under 19 Girls cricket team had mixed results on the opening day of the Pepsi ICC Junior Girls Championships, beating Rwanda but losing to hosts Uganda.
In the first match at Kyambogo University, the Kenyans captained by Quinta Aoko, proved too strong for Rwanda beating them by a whooping nine wickets.
However, things were different in the next match against the hosts. Poor bowling and running between the wickets saw them fall by 43 runs.
Batting first after winning the toss Rwanda made 92 for 9 with Kenya reaching the target in 13.3 overs. Daisy Wairimu was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with 2 for 16 in her 4 overs.
Twelve-year old Edith Wanjiru added another wicket to finish with 1 for 19. Faith Mwende returned with impressive figures of 1 for 14 in 2 overs.
In reply, Kenya needed only 13 overs to reach the target making 93 for 1. Kenya lost Wairimu, caught and bowled on 12 runs. Her dismissal gave opener Jane Achieng and Aoko the chance of putting on a winning stand of 73 runs. Achieng made an unbeaten 26 with Aoko adding on 28 not out.
Against Uganda, the Kenya juniors failed to live-up to the pressure that came with Uganda's home advantage and they made errors that gave the hosts an edge over throughout the match.
Top bowlers Mwende and Mako Wako failed to bowl to one side of the wicket and as a result earned the hosts too many unneccesary runs.
Uganda made 113 for the loss of 4 wickets before bowling out Kenya for 80 with 4 overs to spare. Wanjiru was Kenya's best bowler with 2 wickets.
In Kenya's inning six players Wairimu, Jane Achieng, Esther Wangare, Jackline Adhiambo, Ruth Ambiyo and Jackline Atieno fell to run outs. Achieng was the top scorer with 12 runs.
Aoko made nine before she was caught and bowled. Kenya are set to play Tanzania and Mozambique on day two of the event that has attracted six countries. Other teams taking part are Tanzania who will be Kenya's last opponent.