Uganda proceeds to ICC Women’s World T20 Global Qualifier

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 17, 2017
  • The win by the young side consisting of only three players aged over 20 years earned Uganda a ticket to the ICC Women’s World T20 Global Qualifier. Photo Courtesy)

  • Gertrude Chandiru was the star with bat and ball as Uganda pulled off a stunning final day performance with three balls to spare. (Photo Courtesy)

After more than 14 years of waiting, an East African team will be represented at an International Cricket Council (ICC) global event for women.

Uganda achieved the feat after beating Zimbabwe by three wickets in the final of the ICC Women Africa Twenty20 Qualifier in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday afternoon.

The win by the young side consisting of only three players aged over 20 years earned Uganda a ticket to the ICC Women’s World T20 Global Qualifier set for either late this year or early next year at a venue to be decided by the world cricket governing body ICC.

The Women’s World T20 tournament will take place in the West Indies in November next year where the West Indies will defend the title that they won for the first time in India last year after beating Australia by eight wickets in the final.

It’s the first time that an East African team will be making it to the global stage of an ICC event after years of attempts. Zimbabwe have been carrying the day.

After making it to the finals after beating Kenya in the playoffs on Friday, the match appeared to be a formality if the previous qualifiers and their meeting with Zimbabwe in the preliminary stage was anything to go by.

Gertrude Candiru was the star with bat and ball as Uganda pulled off a stunning final day performance with three balls to spare.

Historic win

Set 100 to win by Zimbabwe in their 20 overs, Chandiru led her side to the historic win with an unbeaten 23 runs. Candiru had earlier walked off with figures of 3 for 14 in 4 overs as Uganda restricted Zimbabwe to 99 for 7 after losing the toss.

Coming in at number five, Candiru faced 23 balls that included two fours as she slowly got the qualifiers ticket away from Zimbabwe. She was ably assisted by Stella Nanpiima (16) whom they put on 30 for the seventh wicket in five overs.

The stand was broken with only nine runs required when Nampiima was caught. Rachael Ntono and Rita Musamali had added on 16 and 10 respectively to get their side closer to victory before Candiru and Nampiima completed the work with their match winning stand.

Candiru came into the middle after Uganda had lost three wickets for 43 runs in eight overs Chipo Mugeri had once again shown her prowess with the bat by scoring 42 runs off 45 balls.

She shared a second wicket stand of 61 runs with Ashley Ndiraya that got them to 69 after 12.1 overs. Candiru ended the stand with the dismissal of Ndiraya on 25.

Uganda join Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Netherlands who have already qualified to the World T20 qualifiers