Defending Champions Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Uganda Win On Match Day 1 Of 10th Edition Of The Kwibuka

Morning: Zimbabwe 183/5 (Kelis Ndlovu 48, Beloved Bhiza 45) beat Malawi 91/7 (Sophina Chinawa 22) by 92 runs – Gahanga

Morning:

Zimbabwe 183/5 (Kelis Ndlovu 48, Beloved Bhiza 45) beat Malawi 91/7 (Sophina Chinawa 22) by 92 runs – Gahanga B

Player of The Match: Kelis Ndlovu (48 runs, 2 wickets)

Rwanda 141/4 (Merville Uwase 62 not out, Gisele Inshimwe 47) beat Cameroon 39 all (Henriette Ishimwe 4/9) out by 102 runs – Gahanga

Player of the Match: Mervelle Uwase (62 not out)

Afternoon:

Uganda 140/6 (Stephanie Nampiina 42) beat Botswana 69/5 (Consy Aweko 2/4) by 71 runs – Gahanga

Player of the Match: Janet Mbabazi (20 runs, 1 wicket 2 overs)

Detailed Summary

Zimbabwe came out on top in the South African derby against Malawi, Kellis Ndlovu and Beloed Bhiza combined for an opening stand of 71 that laid the foundation for a big total, the favorites finishing on 183/5 in their 20 overs. In reply Malawi managed to negotiate their 20 overs without losing all their wickets to finish on 91/7 in a performance that earned them respect from their much favored opponents. A dominant result on that lays down the gauntlet from the African Gold medal winners.

Defending champions had Mervelle Uwase (62 not out) anchoring their innings, she carried her bat in the team effort that saw them get 141/4 in their 20 overs. An aggressive 47 off 40 ball from Gisele Ishimwe took the game away from new comers Cameroon who had done well with the ball to keep the hosts quiet. Cameroon was no match for Rwanda in the run chase, some disciplined bowling from Rwanda denied the West Africans any run scoring options before being cleaned up for just 39 inside 14 overs. A rude welcome to the tournament for Cameroon but lots of lessons for them.

In the only afternoon game Uganda didn’t need second gear against Botswana, Uganda won the toss and elected to bat 1st. Janet Mbabazi and Immaculate Nakisuyi managed to put on 40 runs together but it’s the 54 run partnership between Stephanie Nampiina (42) and Proscovia Alako (23) put the three time winners in a strong position to finish on 140/6 in 20 overs. Botswana were not interested in the chase starting so slowly and allowing the Uganda bowlers to settle into their lines and lengths. The run chase managed to drag till the last over with Uganda claiming the victory by 71 runs.