Classy batting by Nakisuuyi denies impressive Kenya a final berth

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 15, 2017
  • Sarah Bhakita bats against Namibia. She gave Queentor Aoko a fourth wicket stand that got the scores to 87 in 6.3 overs before being caught on 25 against Uganda. (Photo Courtesy ICC Cricket)

  • Vanessa Adhiambo gave Kenya the good start when she had Saidant Kemigisha caught for a duck with the second delivery of the inning against Uganda. (Photo Courtesy ICC Cricket)

  • Getrude Chandiru bats for Uganda who beat Kenya by five wickets in a thriller play-off. They face Zimbabwe in the final. (Photo Courtesy ICC Cricket)

The playoff match of the ongoing ICC Africa Women World Cup Qualifiers between Kenya and Uganda lived up to its expectation.

Unlike in the first match where Uganda called the shots by bowling out Kenya for 58 on their way to a six wickets win, this match saw the two sides trade careful with each other. 

With Zimbabwe having proved that they are still miles away from the other countries in the event by advancing to the finals without a loss, the match pitting the two East African side was expected to act as the top of the bill match of the tournament.

And after the last ball of the match, the fans who had turned out at the Wanderers Cricket Club in Windhoek and those following the match online were treated to one of the best matches of the tournament.

With three overs to go, the Kenyan team were on the driving seat and only 24 balls and six wickets away from the final that would have put them one win away from securing their first ICC Cricket global event ticket.

Uganda had six wickets in hand and 32 runs short of also making it to the final against Zimbabwe.

But 17 balls later, the only thing that had happened in Kenya’s favour was the wickets had reduced to five while Uganda had scored the required 30 runs and secured a place in the final.

Kenya lost the match that they had control of in the last three overs of the match after some classy batting from Immaculate Nakisuuyi who clobbered her 15 balls for 25 runs to secure a five wickets win for Uganda.

Tight bowling and fielding

Defending 89, Kenya had put their neighbours in trouble on 33 for 3 after 10 overs and then 55 for 15 overs thanks to some tight bowling and fielding from the Kenyan women.

With four wickets in hand, Uganda opted to go for big shots and lost Franklin Najjumba for 12 with 31 runs required. Nakisuuyi joined opener Rita Musamali and the two got the match away from the Kenyans with a match winning unbeaten stand of 34 runs.

The two began by scoring eight runs from the 17th over bowled by Edith Waithaka. Sylvia Kinyua put grip on the Ugandan surge by conceding only three runs in the 18th over.

This left the Ugandans 20 short of the target with two overs to play. But after the 19th over, the target had been reduced by nine runs after Nakisuuyi and Musamali found a way of getting the score ticking through Quentoor Aoko.

With 11 required, Kenya turned to Vanessa Adhiambo and the Peter Kibukosya student began her over with a wide.

Nakisuuyi cleared the boundary with the first legal ball of the over to leave their side requiring six off five balls. She was able to score three consecutive doubles to secure win for her side with a ball to spare.

Chasing 90 runs Uganda had the start that they wouldn’t have wished for when they lost two wickets for 10 runs. Adhiambo gave Kenya the good start when she had Saidant Kemigisha caught for a duck with the second delivery of the inning.

Veronica Abuga reduced them to 10 for 2 with the run out of Naomi Kayondo in the fourth over.

Quick loss

Musamali and Gertrude Candiru added 17 for the third wicket and a quick loss of Mary Nalule with the board on 33 opened up for a 23 run stand of Musamali and Najjumba.

For the first time in many matches, Aoko who regained her opening slot remained unbeaten as Kenya put on a better batting show against a side that had lost only one match prior to the encounter.

The Nakuru-based all-rounder scored a slow 36 as five wickets from one side. Aoko and Veronica Abuga had a good opening start that yielded 33 in 7.3 overs.

Margaret Banja once again failed to sparkle scoring 18 from 13 balls before being bowled by Chandiru with the board on 44.

Kinyua didn’t last longer as she was caught for one with only three having been added. Bhakita then gave Aoko a fourth wicket stand that got the scores to 87 in 6.3 overs before Bhakita was caught on 25.

The last over yielded only two runs for Kenya to end on 89 for 5.