Wambui and Wairimu steer Kenya past Uganda

By francis marangu
Apr 24, 2021
  • Mary Wambui was one of the top performers as Kenya beat Uganda for the first time in seven years.

  • Daisy Wairimu and Mary Wambui stared for Kenya against Uganda in Harare, Zimbabwe. They picked four wickets in Kenya's first win over Uganda in seven years.

Nakuru’s duo of Mary Wambui and Daisy Wairimu picked up four wickets in six balls to bowl Kenya to their first win over neighbors Uganda in seven years as the ICC World Women Twenty20 Qualifiers bowled off in Harare this morning.

The two former under-19 players chocked Uganda batters with some slow bowlers to lead Kenya in restricting their first rival to 77 for 7 in their pursuit for 98 runs. The last time Kenya beat Uganda in an international event was in 2009 in Nairobi where Kenya bagged a double over them before winning the Africa title unbeaten.

Needing 43 runs to win from 7 overs after Sarah Bhakita and debutant Vanessa Adhiambo had put brakes on their surge with some fine bowling, the Nakuru duo only conceded 23 runs for three wickets to hand Kenya the long awaited victory.

Wambui announced her debut into the team with a wicket of Immacula Nakisuyi with the last ball of the 15th over whom she had caught by Quinta Aoko for seven runs. Three balls later, Wairimu got another wicket-uprooting Rachael Ntono for 2 to leave Uganda on 71 for 5.

Uganda were 72 for 6 two balls later when Mackenzie Ayato was run out for a golden duck before Wairimu got her second with the dismissal of Naomi Bagenda to leave them at 72 for 7. Bhakita and Adhiambo partnered well to put brakes on Uganda’s positive chase of 98 with some stellar performance.

Bhakita trapped skipper

After Uganda were sitting comfortable at 32 for 1 after 7 overs, Bhakita trapped skipper Barbara Mukankusi for 13. On the other side of the wicket, Adhiambo continued to put pressure on the batters which resulted in a run out to Mary Nalule (12) with the board on 34 for 2.

The two kept on piling more pressure by locking the boundaries. This forced the batters to search for singles which in the end resulted in another run out to Franklyn Nnajumba (6). The two conceded 23 runs from seven overs before their end of spell brought in match winners Wambui and Wairimu into the attack.

Mukankusi and Nalule had begun the chase on a lighter note with an opening start of 32 runs.

Earlier Kenya batters left it late in the inning before finally settling on 97 runs. Kenya had a low inning getting past 50 runs in 12 overs. Margaret Banja played a slow inning scoring 15 from 42 balls. She lost fellow opener Quinta Aoko in the sixth over after Aoko had put on 12 from 10 balls with the board on 23.

Sharon Juma and Banja put on a second wicket stand of 29 runs in 6.2 overs before Banja was stumped in search of her first boundary of the inning. Juma was the third to be dismissed when she was bowled by Najjumba after scoring 19 from 28 balls.

Kenya was at 81 for 4 when Mary Belle was bowled by Carol Namugenyi for two. Bhakita hanged on for a while scoring 29 runs from 25 balls before she was bowled by Ayato with the board on 95 for 5.