The Star (Nairobi)

18 December 2012

East Africa: Women's Cricket Falls to Uganda

Kenya's poor record over their East Africa neighbours Uganda continued when they went down by 4 wickets in the ICC senior women Twenty20 qualifiers in Tanzania yesterday.

Kenya batters put on a poor show with the bat making 56 for 9 before Uganda surpassed the target with 5 overs to spare. Kenya openers Pearlyne Omamo and Margaret Banja gave Kenya the worst start ever, putting on 11 in 7 overs.

The two failed to take the advantage of the power play and instead opted to play the overs which put pressure on the middle order. Omamo was the first to be dismissed when she was run out on 3 off 18 balls, leaving Kenya on 11 in 7·2 overs..

Banja made 8 from 30 balls before she was bowled put by Flavia Laker

The middle order that had captain Emily Ruto, Sarah Bhakita, Sharon Juma and Mercyline Adhiambo made only 27 between them as Uganda spinners called the shots.

Juma looked the best in the line up making 18 from 33 balls. Juma lost Ruto immediately for a second ball duck to leave Kenya at 14 for 3. Bhakita added on 6 with Juma before she was caught at silly mid-off, off a full toss delivery from Rita Nyagendo having made 2 off 3 balls.

Adhiambo was the fifth wicket to fall when she was caught by Scovia Akello off Consy Aweko on 7 after putting on 21 for the fifth wicket. Juma long resistance came to an end when she also failed to connect full toss from Mary Nalule, leaving Kenya at 47 for 6 with 21 balls to go.

Under 19 captain Quinta Aoko made 6 before edging Frankline Najumbas delivery into the wicket keepers hands while Ruth Mwihaki added on 5 before falling to Caroline Namugenyi. Belinda Maska and Daisy Toroitich remained unbeaten on 1 and 0.

Kenya started their defence with a bang, picking four quick wickets to put the Ugandans at 18 for 4 in 5 overs. Ruto picked up two wickets of Barbara Mukankusi (3) and Gloria Adubu (0).

Omamo also came in handy with her bowling, picking three wickets to leave them at 20 for 6 but unbeaten stand of 38 runs for the seventh wicket between Akello and Najumba saw the Ugandan home with four wickets in hand. Akello made 14 off 29 balls while Najumba made 16 from 22. In other match played at the Anadil Burhani, Zimbabwe beat hosts Tanzania by 5 runs.

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