The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Women's Cricket Suffers Blow

Kenya women's cricket team chances of qualifying for the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup received a major blow when they went down by 82 runs to South Africa at the Anadil Burhani Sports Club in Dar-es-Salaam.

After electing to bat, South Africa made 132 for 4 before they restricted Kenya for 51 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs with captain Emily Ruto making a well crafted 16.

Sharon Juma yet again showed her worth in the team's batting with 12 as the top order yet again failed to pile up runs for their team. Ruth Mwihaki was the peak of Kenya's bowling with three wickets in her four overs.

Belinda Maska picked the other wicket as Kenya put on an impressive show in the field against a side that had made 188 against Uganda at the same venue. Thandile Savanna and Nadine Avril put on 21 for the first wicket before Maska broke the stand by having Avril caught at gully by Pearlyne Omamo for 9 in the fourth over. This came five balls after Beryl Oyugi had dropped Savanna.

Savanna got the scores past the half century mark when they put on 43 for the second wicket to get the scores to 64. The stand was brought to an end in the 9.5 over when Juma stumped off Mwihaki on 20 off 28 balls. Mwihaki struck again seven balls when she had Yolanda Potgieter fall to a brilliant catch to Sarah Bhakita on 38. Potgieter had faced 32 balls and made six boundaries.

Chene Bester was Mwihaki's third victim when she skied one to be caught by the wicket keeper with scores on 76.

But the wicket was a doom to the Kenyans as the introduction of Liezel Lee saw Kenya chase the ball every moment in a 66- run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket with Sune Luss.

Lee faced 29 balls but made 38, thanks to two sixes off Bhakita and Maska and two boundaries. Luss made 16 off same number of balls. Unlike in the previous matches, Kenya bowling was impressive as only five extras were conceded. Mwihaki conceeded 16 runs.

Kenya started with Omamo and Bhakita but the plan didn't work as the two fell in the first over to put Kenya at 0 for 2. Omamo was run out by Stacey Mackay while Bhakita was bowled by opener Moseline Daniels. Ruto and Juma got the scores to 28 before Ruto was bowled by Potgieter in the 11th over, having faced 36 balls.

Juma added on 8 runs with Margaret Banja before she was run out. Banja didn't last longer as she fell to stumping with scores at 42/5. From here, Kenya were dead and buried as none of the remaining batters got past 3 runs as they played all the overs. In other match played at Dar-Salaam University, Uganda lost by 36 runs to Zimbabwe.

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