Full-strength Kenya beat Uganda development side in Rwanda Peace tournament

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 08, 2017
  • Sarah Bhakita picked three wickets against Uganda under-23 in the Rwanda Peace Tournament. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya women's cricket team secured a five wickets win over Uganda under-23 side on the opening day of the 2017 Kwibuka Cricket for peace tournament in Kigali Rwanda on Thursday.

Batting first, Uganda side consisting of mainly school girls, put up 78 for five with Mary Nalule hammering an unbeaten 29.

It was a rather straightforward task for Kenya as they chased the score in 13 overs, courtesy of some crisp hitting from Quentor Aoko (20) and Ruth Ambiyo (15).

Sarah Bhakita hit the winning runs with two consecutive boundaries. She shared an unbeaten stand for the sixth wicket with Ambiyo after Kenya had been reduced to 58 for 5 in 9.3 overs.

The quick start to the chase was provided by Aoko and Mary Wambui who put on 25 from only 16 balls. The stand was broken when Seidant Kemigisha caught Aoko off Chandiru after scoring 20 off just 11 balls.

Her knock included four boundaries. Wambui and skipper Margaret Banja then added on 21 in 3.4 overs and they were set to get Kenya to the finish line until Gertrude Chandiru had Banja caught on 10 from 12 balls.

Sylvia Kinyua got a rude shock on her return to the national team when she was run out for a golden duck without facing any ball.

Wambui finally fell in the tenth over when she was caught off Jennifer Nabwana after scoring a slow nine.

Bhakita joined in the middle by Achando

Vanessa Adhiambo fell immediately to leave Kenya on 58 for 5 in 9.3 overs from 46 for 2 in 6.2 overs until Bhakita was joined in the middle by Achando.

Ambiyo’s 15 came from 14 balls and included three boundaries while Bhakita’s 11 came off 13 balls and had two fours.

Earlier, Banja claimed three wickets as Kenya restricted their neighbours to a modest total.

Besides Banja (3/13), Wambui (1/11) and Edith Wanjiru (1/16) took a wicket a piece.

For the Uganda under-23 side, Nalule emerged as the top-scorer. She blasted five fours during his 27-ball innings, while Kevin Awino (23) and Patricia Munguryek (11) provided useful hand to the overall total.

The Ugandan juniors lost their first wicket in the second over when Rachel Ntono was caught off Wambui for a duck.

In the seventh over, Uganda under-23 were two wickets down when Banja claimed her first wicket with the dismissal of Kemigisha with the board on six.

Banja claimed her second three balls later with the dismissal of Chandiru for a duck. She made it three two overs later by clean bowling Kalsum Rashida for two to leave the Ugandans on 12 for 4 after 9 overs.

Wanjiru made it 29 for 5 after 13.1 overs and Kenya were set to bowl Ugandans all out until Awino was joined by Nalule and the two lifted their side to 78 with an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 49 runs.