Dolphins clinch Cricket Kenya Women League title

Sep 12, 2011

Tana Dolphins put on a spirited fight in the last stages of their match against Yala Whales to win by four wickets at Simba Union and with this victory, emerged the winners of Cricket Kenya Women Twenty20 league.

Chasing 73 runs to win, Dolphins had some late scares but some poor bowling and misfields saw them win the title. Whales won the toss and batted and immediately Dolphins dent their hopes of winning the inaugural league when Mercy Adhiambo bowled Winnie Atieno for a duck in the third over.

Peris Abuko was not lucky neither as she too fell easily off Sylvia Wairimu leaving Whales on two. The score card read 11 for two by the time Beryl Oyugi joined captain Pearlyne Omamo. The two started their partnership well with Oyugi scoring 10 off seven balls.

The two put on 19 for the third wicket before poor judgment of a call for a single saw Emily Ruto dislodged Omamo’s crowd.

The furious Omamo walked backed to the pavilion on 13 with a hope that Oyugi will build up the inning but that didn’t work out as Wairimu had her caught behind three balls later on 11. Lydia Kaparo who took up the responsibility of getting a meaningful score but another run out saw her loose her wicket on 11.

As it has been the case in most of the matches, Ruto was the top bowler with two wickets for three runs in one over. Anne Wambui was promoted up the order and she did not disappointed, putting on 31 for the first wicket with Ruto.

Wambui gave Ruto the much needed stand to build on a small target. However it was not smooth for Ruto as she was dropped by Oyugi who for a second time in a row did not have a good day with the ball.

In the third over she gave away 12 extras that in the end was a big boost to Dolphins. Another person who had a bad day was Wairimu who scored a trademark golden duck from Omamo’s bowling.

Omamo and Brenda Mogusu got three wickets in quick succession when 15 was needed to win and it looked that Dolphins will crumble but spirited fight by Sharon Atieno and Triza Nduku coupled by some sloppy bowling saw them through with eight overs to play.

In the third and fourth play offs, Athi Mambas beat Chania Sharks by 40 runs.



 Sportsnewsarena Correspondent 

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