Uganda Remains Unbeaten, Nigeria won against Rwanda on Match Day 5 of Kwibuka Tournament”

The Kwibuka Cricket Tournament 2024 continued to deliver thrilling matches on its fifth day, with standout performances and significant upsets

The Kwibuka Cricket Tournament 2024 continued to deliver thrilling matches on its fifth day, with standout performances and significant upsets highlighting the competition.

Morning Matches

Uganda vs Kenya: Uganda maintained their unbeaten streak with a commanding victory over Kenya in the East African derby. Winning the toss, Kenya elected to bat first but struggled against Uganda’s disciplined bowling attack, managing only 65/8. In response, Uganda chased down the target comfortably, scoring 70/2 in just 12 overs, with Immaculate Nakisuyi anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 41. Nakisuyi’s excellent performance earned her the Player of the Match award. This defeat effectively ended Kenya’s hopes of finishing in the top two.

Nigeria vs Rwanda: Nigeria pulled off a surprising win against Rwanda, causing the hosts to drop from first to second place in the standings. Nigeria set a modest target of 104/5 in their 20 overs, thanks to a late cameo from Salome Sunday, who scored 29 off 12 balls. Rwanda’s chase faltered early, with wickets falling quickly, leaving them at 16/4. Despite a 54-run partnership between Captain Diane Bimenyimana and Marvelle Uwase, Nigeria’s Lilian Ude’s brilliant bowling (6/7) ensured a 32-run victory for Nigeria. Ude’s exceptional performance earned her the Player of the Match title. Rwanda now faces a must-win situation against Zimbabwe or Uganda to secure a top-two finish.

Afternoon Matches

Zimbabwe vs Botswana: Zimbabwe showcased their dominance with a comprehensive win over Botswana. Batting first, Zimbabwe were all out for 139, but their bowlers, led by Loryn Phiri’s five-wicket haul (5/15), dismantled Botswana for just 69 runs, securing a 70-run victory. Phiri’s match-winning performance earned her the Player of the Match honor. Zimbabwe will now face Nigeria in a crucial encounter.

Malawi vs Cameroon: In the battle of the winless teams, Malawi emerged victorious against Cameroon. Cameroon batted first and set a target of 89 runs. However, Malawi chased it down efficiently, scoring 92/2 and winning by 8 wickets. Lydia Dimba’s contribution was instrumental in Malawi’s win, earning her the Player of the Match award.

Summary

Match Day 5 of the Kwibuka Tournament was marked by Uganda’s continued dominance, Nigeria’s resurgence, Malawi’s first win, and Zimbabwe’s strong performance. The competition is heating up as teams vie for top positions, promising more exciting cricket in the coming days.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on the Kwibuka Cricket Tournament 2024!