School girls humiliate Kenya women's team in Kigali

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 10, 2017
  • Sylvia Kinyua top scored with 30 and received good support from skipper Margaret Banja . (SNA. File Photo)

When squads of the four teams for the annual Kwibuka Cricket for Peace T20 tournament were announced, Kenya once again presented a strong side full of experienced players.

With this squad and the other three teams including the hosts fielding mostly upcoming players, Kenya women team got into the tournament as firm favorites not only to win all the matches but also to successfully retain the title.

As expected, the Kenyan side began their questl with a win over a Uganda under-23 side on Thursday.

The second match was against a Uganda under-19 side consisting of school girls who did well during this year's Uganda Girls Cricket Week. This could have been a formality match and a second win for Kenya was on the offing.

But after the last ball on Friday at Kicukiro Oval in Kigali, it was the 'school side' that had the final laugh as they beat the Kenya women by one wicket.

Kenya, put in after Uganda under-19 had won the toss, made a decent start in setting up a target of 108 for the loss of five wickets.

Sylvia Kinyua top scored with 30 and received good support from skipper Margaret Banja 29.

The two combined for a 55-run third wicket partnership that was broken when Kinyua was stumped off Teddy Ayella with the scoreboard on 85.

Banja followed Kinyua five runs later and Kenya came unstuck for the final three overs that yielded only 17 runs despite Sarah Bhakita hitting a six off the penultimate delivery.

Uganda under-19 produced a brilliant response to Kenya’s total, negotiating the bowling with quick singles and the occasional boundaries as theyscored 50 runs in nine overs.

Immaculate Nakisuyi conjured up 32 to help Uganda’s course including five boundaries.

Nakisuyi became the first of Edith Wanjiru’s three wickets, but her efforts were in vain as the Kenyan bowlers failed to stifle the Ugandan onslaught.

Wanjiru was the pick of bwolers with 3 for 20.

Kenya plays Rwanda, Saturday morning in a must win game if they harbour any hopes of making Sunday’s final.