Uganda benefits from Kenya's reckless and unacceptable batting

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 11, 2017
  • Poor batting by Kenya played into the hands of Uganda. (Photo Courtesy)

Kenya women cricket team captain Margaret Banja minced no words on Sunday as she dissected her side's performance against Uganda in the ICC Africa Women Twenty20 Qualifier tie at Wanderers Cricket ground in Namibia.

Speaking about the visitors' abject display, Banja termed the batting performance as reckless and unacceptable. Kenya were all out for 59 and lost the match by six wickets.

"This was another poor batting performance, if not the worst of all time. It really hurts. I can't really say anything now, because it was that bad. As the best in the country after having won the selectors confidence, we are expected to do much better. Our performance was unacceptable. Disgraceful batting, reckless from us, one of the worst performance ever in the team," Banja said after the match.

Banja herself failed to fire after she was dismissed for a golden duck. The captain said her side had nothing to review about the match.

"We need to forget it and move forward. We are a much better team. We got good scores against them in the past. I'm sure everyone realizes what they've done wrong. We have to come out, show intent and back ourselves. I'm sure we won't bat like that again in the tournament," she said.

Impressive bowling

Electing to bat, Uganda bowlers were impressive bowling out Kenya for 58 with seven balls to play.

In reply, Uganda ensured that they maintained a hundred percent run in three matches in 15.4 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Uganda were impressive with the ball, picking up wickets regularly to unsettle the Kenyan side who only had Queentor Aoko to thank for her 23 off 24 balls.

Aoko’s knock made all the difference in Kenya’s inning as the other top scorer in the inning was seven from Veronica Abuga.

Kenya were in trouble as early as the fourth over as they had been reduced to 15 for 2 with the dismissal of Mary Wambui (4) and Banja’s golden duck.

Aoko and Sylvia Kinyua put on 17 for the third wicket but after the dismissal of Aoko in the eighth over, Uganda bowlers ran through the Kenyan batting with ease.

Ruth Musamali, Sarah Nampiina and Gertrude Chandiru were a thorn in the flesh for the Kenyans with two wickets each.

Uganda lost Rachael Ntono early in their chase to Vanessa Adhiambo for a duck but a patient 25 from her opener Seidant Kemigisha made the chase a bit easy for them.

Kemigisha kept her cool

Despite losing Immaculate Nakisuyi and Naomi Bagenda to leave the board at 33 for 3 after 10 overs, Kemigisha kept her cool as she managed three boundaries from 42 balls she faced.

Chandiru patched up the remaining runs with 11 after Aoko had dismissed Kemigisha in the 14th over with 10 runs required.

In the second match of the day, Zimbabwe easily beat Tanzania by 72 runs to move second on the table.

The South African side posted 128 for 8 with Chipo Mugeri top scoring with 57 from 47 balls. In reply, Tanzania struggled to maintain the run rate and lost despite having five wickets in hand.