Kenya poor show in the ICC Africa Senior women's Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers persisted as they went down by a whooping 9 runs to hosts Tanzania at Anadil Burhani in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The results meant that Kenya, who went to the six-team event as favourite, finished second from bottom with only a point from the draw with Namibia.
Zimbabwe, who beat Kenya by 25 runs on Tuesday at the same venue, will represent the continent in the global qualifiers to be held in Ireland next year after they beat Namibia on the last day. Hosts Tanzania came second with Uganda coming third from two wins over Kenya and Namibia.
Kenya's last match was reduced to eight overs after the pitch was rained on, forcing the match to start late. Batting first, Kenya put on 47 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with Sarah Bhakita scoring 23 runs. Kenya lost Emily Ruto for a duck from two balls to put Kenya at 0 for 1 and immediately lost Sharon Juma for one.
Mercy Adhiambo made 11 before she was bowled by Monica Pascal with eight balls to go. Bhakita followed immediately when she was stumped off Fatuma Kibusa with the board reading 44. This left Pearlyne Omamo and Margaret Banja in charge but the two could only manage 2 runs before Banja was brilliantly caught by Pascal.
In reply, Tanzania were more aggressive as they attacked Kenyan bowlers with ease, putting on 50 for the first wicket. Pascal made 24 off 21 balls that had no boundary. Pascal was assisted by Khadija Nasibu who made 16. She was caught by Ruto at covers, off Maska after having done all the damage.
Kenya opened the bowling with Adhiambo and that seemed to have paid off in such conditions as she conceded only 5 runs in her only over. Omamo was the most impressive as she posted 15 in two overs.
Cricket Kenya (CK) boss Jackie Janmohammed who attended most of the matches expressed her disappointment with the team's performance and promised to make changes in the team. She said her board will ensure young players are incorporated in the team in the near future.
"The performance has been disappointing and we will try and ensure this doesn't happen again. Performance of some of the players has not been good and calls for action. I will be asking the board to support the proposals that will come from those concerned," she said.