Aoko's century chase Falcons

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 28, 2021
  • Quinter Aoko of Rift Valley Hawks celebrates scoring a century against Flamingos. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Quinter Aoko, the Kenya under-19 captain became the second female Kenyan cricketer to score a century as Rift Hawks showered overran Falcons on the second day of the National Junior Girls Cricket championships at Ruaraka Sports Club.

Aoko’s unbeaten 107 saw Hawks post the highest score in the tournament's history -185 before they choked up Falcons by 62 runs. By scoring the century, Aoko joined Sarah Bhakita in the centurion club.

Bhakita scored 186 in 2009 when Kenya beat Rwanda at the Eastleigh High School. Aoko faced 60 balls that included 16 fours before reaching the milestone.

She was delighted with her achievement saying it was her dream since she took up cricket. “Have always believed that one day I will score a century but I didn’t know when. I didn’t expect to score it today and that’s why even when I reached the score I was not aware,” the Nakuru Day student said.

She added: "I found myself just going from the first ball. I didn’t have difficulty in playing the ball and I also didn’t have any sort of pressure as things worked well for me in the middle." Aoko had an opening stand of 103 with Jane Kanini (30) to put their side in a driving seat.

After Kanini was bowled by Fiona Sheniza, Aoko continued her merciless attack on Falcons with a 66 runs stand for the second wicket with Veronica Abuga. And after Abuga was trapped lbw by Freda Akinyi, Aoko got her milestone in an unbeaten 13 runs with Charity Tiara.

In reply, 25 runs from Immaculate Nyanchama saved more embarrassment for the Falcons with a cameo 25 that saw them end on 62 for 9 after finding themselves at 39 for 9.

Eves put a better show

In the second match at Sir Ali Muslim Club, Hawks scrapped up a two runs win over Eves. Chasing 84 runs to win after the bowlers had put on a good show, Eves put on a better show with the bat before falling all out for 81 with two balls to spare.

After bowling out Aoko in the fourth over for seven runs with the scores on 24, Eves never looked back and kept on picking wickets at regular intervals to restrict them for 83 for 9 despite Veronica Abuga's 23 from 41 balls.

Penina Kithome, Faith Mwende, Teresia Wanjiru and Mako Wako all picked up two wickets each. A total of 31 extras was once again the highest contributor in the total.

After falling to Flamingos in the first match of the day, Eves knew that nothing but a win will save their chances of reaching the final and despite two early wickets of Cynthia Samba and Jackline Sabina with scores on 13, Eves were determined to win.

Mwende and Emily Sheniza put on 13 for the third wicket before double wickets of Sheniza and Nina Anyango left Eves in danger at 28 for 4 Mwende and Kithome added on 11 for the fifth wicket before Mwende was caught behind on 20 runs off 33 balls.

Teresia Wanjiru added a slow sixth wicket stand of 14 with Kithome before she paved way for Vanessa Adhiambo who scored seven before she was run out with 14 runs required.

After Adhiambo's departure, Eves still had a chance to bag the match, but when stock bowler Kelvian Achieno trapped Wako off second ball of the 19th over, Hawks were edging to a double win over Eves.

But when Faith Kesa was caught by Aoko with five needed, Eves were under pressure and finally bowed to it when Josephine Molet was caught for the final wicket.

Shared three wickets

Earlier in the first match at Sir Ali, Eves fell by 29 runs to Flamingos thanks to Daisy Wairimu and Esther Wangare three wickets haul. Chasing 88 runs, Eves fell in the 15th over on 58 runs with the two U19 side players having shared three wickets between them.

Adhiambo was Eve’s top scorer in the match with 16 to get their side to the total after they had found themselves in deep trouble at 10 for 3. Kithome added on 11 runs on the total.

Mary Wambui (28), Monica Ndhambi (19) and Wairimu (14) were Flamingos main contributors with the bat as Mwende picked up 3 for 13 in four overs,