The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Rains Halt Match Against Namibia

The ICC women's Twenty20 Africa qualifiers between Kenya and Namibia was yesterday abandoned due to light showers at Dar Saalam University grounds.

The rains also forced for the abandonment of the other match between favourites South Africa and Zimbabwe at Anadil Burhani.

This means the four teams are tied on one point each with four matches to go. At that time, Namibia had been put on a target of 108 after captain Emily Ruto led Kenya to a total of 107 for 7.

South Africa had made 115 for 3 before the match was called off, just before the start of the second inning. Kenya openers Margaret Banja and Pearlyne Omamo gave Kenya the best start, putting on 39 in 8.3 overs.

The stand was brought to an end when Banja was bowled out by Maryke Short. Banja had made 12 off 30 balls. The second wicket fell immediately when Chantelle Esterhulzen's delivery kept low to beat Omamo on 10 off 23 balls.

Kenya was hit hard one over later when Short clean bowled Sharon Juma for a duck to leave Kenya on 42 for 3 in 10 overs. From here, Ruto took charge and built up vital stands that revived Kenya chances after the two losses. Ruto made 37 not out off 33 balls which included two boundaries.

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