Bhakita and Abuga steer Kenya to win over Northern

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 03, 2017
  • Edith Waithaka was the toast of Kenya’s batting with 2 for 13 in four overs. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

A fifth wicket stand of 31 runs between Sarah Bhakita and Veronica Abuga helped Kenya women's cricket team beat Northern Ladies five wickets at Laudium Oval, Pretoria South Africa.

The Kenyan team made 105 for 5 in 18.2 overs in reply to the home team’s 102 for six.

After Kenya had been reduced to 15 for 2 and then 50 for 4, Bhakita (32 not out) and Abuga (7 not out) gave Kenya the winning stand that saw them open their South Africa tour ahead of next week’s ICC Africa Women Twenty20 Qualifiers in Namibia on a positive note.

Edith Waithaka was the toast of Kenya’s batting with 2 for 13 in four overs as the home side slumped to 102 from the allotted 20 overs.

Northern's innings never took off. They struggled from the beginning before their number seven and eight batters - R. Engelbreght (22) and N. de Klerk (21) lifted them to the final total of 102 with an unbeaten stand of 36 runs in 21 balls.

The two came up together when Kenya had left them on 66 runs after 16.3 overs thanks to two wickets from Waithaka and a wicket a piece by Mary Wambui, Sylvia Kinyua and Esther Wangari.

T. Machete and I. Smuts gave the home side what appeared like a good start with an opening stand of 21 in 4.1 overs before Wambui bowled Smuts on seven.

Waithaka dismissed Machete

Waithaka made it two for her side and first for herself in the eighth over with the dismissal of Machete on 13 with the board on 30.

E. Marx was the third to fall-being caught off Waithaka on 10 in the 10th over. From 37 for 3, the hosts were reduced to 46 for 5 thanks to Wangari’s dismissal of A. Maphangula (3) and T. Nkosi was run out on eight.

Engelbreght and de Klerk scored five boundaries as they remained unbeaten.

Given what was regarded as a ‘par score’, Kenya were two down in four overs for 15 runs with Quentoor Aoko and skipper Margaret Banja all back to the pavilion on one and two respectively.

Wambui and Kinyua shared 25 for the third wicket in just 4.5 overs before Skhosana dismissed Wambui. Kinyua was the third to fall after being caught off Smuts in the 12th over with the board on 50 runs.

Ruth Achando and Bhakita then lifted the scores to 74 in four overs before Achando fell after scoring 12 from 21 balls.

However Bhakita who been struggling with her finishing, finally got the going with some great smacking.

She hit four boundaries plus a match winning six in her 24 balls knock of 32 runs not out. Abuga hit one boundary as Kenyan side won the match by five wickets with 10 balls to play.