New Vision (Kampala)

17 December 2012

Uganda: Losing Start for Senior Women

Tanzania condemned Uganda to a losing start on Sunday at the ICC Africa Regional Twenty Senior Women's World Cup Qualifier.

Now the pressure is on as Henry Okecho's team that face Kenya and then South Africa in a crucial two-match programme today in Tanzania.

Uganda must beat Kenya at the UDSM to maintain hope of winning the tournament, an incredible achievement that would be rewarded with a ticket to the global qualifier for the 2014 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.

Earlier favourites

Uganda were the pre-tournament favourites for the encounter against Kenya but after Noami Kayongo and colleagues went down by eight runs to the hosts yesterday, it is not so advisable to bank on earlier forecasts.

Uganda were also favourites for the meeting with Tanzania but the hosts ultimately registered a comfortable victory after posting 87/9 in 20 overs and launching a solid defence of it.

After racing to 20/1 inside the first five overs, Uganda collapsed to 45/6 in 13 overs and at that point, an embarrassing defeat seemed well on the cards.

But Uganda saved some pride before eventually completing their 20 overs nine runs short of victory.

Uganda defeated Kenya 4-2 in a trial series earlier this month so they will be confident of their first tournament victory.

Victory possible

They could, of course, end the day with two wins, if they can also navigate past the small matter of South Africa in their afternoon.

South Africa are heads and shoulders above the rest and are only at the event as guests.

It means they are not in the running for the sole qualification ticket at stake but defeating them would still give Uganda points.

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