Adhiambo outstanding despite Kenya's loss

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 24, 2021
  • Seamer Vanessa Adhiambo, 16, was outstanding taking three wickets in Kenya's loss to Zimbabwe.

Kenya women team suffered their third consecutive loss to Zimbabwe losing by 50 runs on the second day of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 qualifiers at the Alexandria Sports Club in Harare on Sunday.

This was the first loss for Kenya in the event after wins on Saturday over neighbours Uganda and Tanzania.

Despite the loss, there was a shining star in the team who has displayed a consistent performance on her first outing in the national colors. Seamer Vanessa Aoko Adhiambo was outstanding in Kenya’s loss to the hosts with three wickets that reduced the high flying Zimbabwe to 147 before Kenya could only manage 90 for 7.

The 16-years old student at Nairobi’s Peter Kibukosya Secondary School bowled in tough situations in the match picking up three wickets including that of top scorer Chipo Mugeri. With the home team comfortable at 100 in 12 overs, Adhiambo playing in her third match for the ladies senior team trapped Mugeri lbw in the 14th over to otherwise put breaks on their surge.

With Zimbabwe appearing comfortable on 114 for 4, Adhiambo went on to pick two more wickets of Mary-Anne Musonda (11) and Pellagia Mujanji (2) to reduce the hosts to 137 for 7 before finally ending on 147 for 8.

Mugeri was on fire after seeing off regular bowlers Merycline Ochieng, Margaret Banja and Sarah Bhakita and the task was hard for Adhiambo but she delivered with the impressive figures of 3 for 17 from four overs.

Good plan

The plan to start bowling with Mary Wambui seemed to have paid off as she had Precious Marange stumped for a duck with the board on 15 after 1.3 overs Modesta Mupachikwa went on to share a second wicket stand of 46 runs with Mugeri that got their score to 61 in 8.1 overs.

The stand was broken when Daisy Wairimu had Mupachkiwa caught by Ruth Kanyi on 22 from 25 balls. Bhakita got the third wicket when she had Shaun Mayers caught on 16 runs before Adhiambo came on attack with three wickets.

Quinta Aoko’s poor run in the qualifiers continued when she was dismissed in the sixth over on eight runs before Banja and Sharon Juma got the scores on 57 after 12.1 overs. Juma was the one to head to the pavilion when she was caught and bowled by Mugeri oin 17 runs.

Banja hanged on for two more overs losing Bhakita for one before she too fell to Mugeri after scoring 26 from 42 balls. Kenya lost the wickets of Ochieng, skipper Sylvia Kinyua and Kanyi to stand at 91 for 7 before Adhiambo and Wairimu played the last couple of balls to finish on 97 for 7.

In another match, Tanzania bounced back from losses to Zimbabwe and Kenya on the opening day of the event to beat Uganda by four runs. Tanzania successfully defended their 84 runs for 3 by restricting Uganda for 80. Fatuma Kibasu was Tanzania’s top scorer with 40 with Mwanaidi Swedi adding 24 runs.