Hosts Rwanda's second chance as Kenya survive a scare

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 14, 2015
  • Quinter Aoko contributed 11 of the 13 runs when Kenya beat Uganda by one wicked on Saturday. Kenya were due to play the second match against Rwanda. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Women team survived a scare from defending champions Uganda before winning their second match of the Kwibuka Cricket tournament by one wicket.

After restricting the Ugandans for 84 runs for nine in the allotted 20 overs, Kenya had to wait for the last wicket stand before securing their second consecutive win.

Fielding a more stronger and experienced side compared to their Ugandan counterparts, Kenya was expected to win the match with ease but that was not the case as the Ugandan side made of secondary schools girls pushed Kenya to the last over.

Chasing 85 runs to win, Coach Lameck Onyango opted to change the batting order asking Daisy Wairimu and Quinta Abel to start. But the two didn’t put up any major contribution as Wairimu was bowled off the last ball of the third over with the scores on 9 for a 13 balls duck.

Aoko was also bowled three balls later having contributed 11 of the 13 runs on the board. Captain Sylvia Kinyua who had top scored in Kenya’s win over Rwanda managed to score 14 runs before she was caught in the eighthover of the inning.

At 33 for 3 and the Ugandans bowlers looking up to defend the score by all means, Kenya needed a good stand that could see them get close to the target but that appeared unattainable as they lost two quick wickets of Monica Ndhambi (4) and Mary Wambui (0) for only three runs.

Two of the experienced players in the side Beryl Oyugi and Margaret Banja only added seven runs before Banja was bowled on four runs off three balls. Oyugi and Mercyline Ochieng took the scores to 52 before Oyugi was trapped lbw for eight runs off 23 balls.

Failure to handle pressure

Ochieng’s failure to handle pressure saw her run out on two runs while looking for a run with the fielder with the ball in her hand.

At 62 for 8 and 23 runs needed, Uganda were cruising to their second victory but as soon as debutant Esther Wangare managed eight runs off five balls, Kenya's hopes were re-ignited. Wangare scored a run a ball for 15 to push Kenya to 79 for 9.

Teresia Wanjiru (4) and Edith Waithaka (9) saw Kenya home with unbeaten stand of seven runs.

Earlier Kinyua had picked up four wickets for seven runs in three overs as Kenya restricted Uganda for 84 runs.

Seidant Kemigisha was Uganda’s top scorer with 19 runs off 24 balls. Kalshum Rashida and Sadick Shakira added on 16 and 15 runs respectively as no other player got past the ten runs.

Wairimu was the other top bowler for Kenya with three wickets for 21 runs. Kenya were due to face Rwanda today (Sunday).