The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya Closer to Title

Kenya inched closer to winning the Africa Junior Girls Cricket Championships following an exciting seven-run win over Tanzania and Mozambique in Kampala, Uganda.

Daisy Wairimu made the highest score against Tanzania in the five-year history of the event making 20 runs to help Kenya to 76-9 in their 20 overs before the Kenyan juniors bowled out Tanzania on 69 a the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Mako Wako (3-8) and Wairimu (3-14) shared the spoils as Tanzania found the going hard on a spin-friendly wicket. It was Wako who set up the win with the wicket of Tanzania's Ammi Mwanaidi (14) in the 17th over with 24 required. That made the chase difficult for the defending champions.

Tanzania had pinned their hopes on Mwanaidi and Mariamu Saidi as the two put on 24 for the sixth wicket before Wako struck with her first ball, getting Mwanaidi out.

Tanzania needed 11 off the last over but Wako only conceded three runs before getting the last wickets with a ball to spare, leaving the Kenyan players jubiliant. Kenyan captain Quinta Aoko said her team's hard work had paid off.

"It's a good feeling," she said adding "Kenya played a really good match. We had the belief. Just an all-round performance. It's awesome to have beaten Tanzania. All the hard work has been worth it."

Wairimu and Achieng had put on an opening stand of 32 runs before Aoko and Wairimu took Kenya to 60 for 2. However a middle order collapse saw only 17 runs scored in 8 overs. Wairimu was not finished. She managed 33 as Kenya beat Mozambique by 50 runs.

Kenya scored 95 for 6 with Hannah Ngina adding 16 runs. Mozambique could only manage 45 runs thanks to two wickets each from Aoko and Esther Wangare.

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