Uganda Sparkle Against Zimbabwe, Rwanda Remain Top, Kenya Stop Nigeria On Match Day 3

Morning: Rwanda 132/7 (Shakira 43) beat Botswana 58 all out by 74 runs – Gahanga Player of the Match: Henriette

Morning:

Rwanda 132/7 (Shakira 43) beat Botswana 58 all out by 74 runs – Gahanga

Player of the Match: Henriette Ishimwe (3/9)

Kenya 106/8 beat Malawi 73/7 by 33 runs – Gahanga B

Player of the Match: Flavia Odhiambo (3/8)

Afternoon:

Nigeria 27/1 beat Cameroon 26 (Ude Lilian 4/7) all out by 9 wickets – Gahanga

Player of the Match: Ude Lillian (4/7)

Uganda 165/2 (Proscovia Alako 62*, Immaculate Nakisuyi 52*) beat Zimbabwe 90 all out by 75 runs  – Gahanga B

Player of the Match: Proscovia Alako (62*)

Rest Day:

Kenya 115/6 (Queentor Abel 60) beat Nigeria 92 all out by 23 runs

Player of the Match: Queentor Abel (60)

Detailed Summary

The Victoria Pearls were in their element against Zimbabwe posting their highest team total of the tournament of 165/2 in their 20 overs. Uganda won the toss and elected to bat 1st , Captain Janet Mbabazi and Immaculate Nakisuyi immediately got stuck in taking the attack to Zimbabwe and despite the Captain falling for a quick 17 Immaculate Nakisuyi (52*) dropped anchor and hand around with Stephanie Nampiina (23) and Proscovia Alako (62*) to accumulate 165 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe had a day to forgot putting down chances ultimately being made to pay by Alako and Nampiina.

In the run chase Zimbabwe was rocked by losing their key batters in the 1st over, both Kelis Ndlovu and Beloved Bhiza fell cheaply and that left the Lady Chevrons railing and at 29/5 the writing was on the wall. Uganda closing out the win with 75 runs still required for victory. The 1st failure for Zimbabwe in the tournament while Uganda remain unbeaten.

Rwanda was brave to bat 1st in over cast conditions against Botswana but the youngster Shakira (46) was brave with the bat to help the defending post a competitive 132/7. Henriette Ishimwe was fantastic with ball in hand to give the defending champions their third win of the tournament and keep them on top of the table.

Kenya was not convincing against new comers Malawi but found a way to win by 33 runs, Kenya won the toss and elected to bowl 1st but the slow bowling by Malawi troubled the Kenyans losing wickets in intervals but some contributions from Captain Esther Wachira (24) and Queentor Abel (18) got them to 106/8 in their 20 overs. In the run chase the slow bowling options of Esther Wachira and Queentor Abel put a stop on the run flow for Malawi to give up the run chase running out of resources with 33 runs still required.

The West African derby was one sided with Nigeria showing no mercy for Cameroon winning by 9 wickets in a very short game. Cameroon cleaned up for just 27 the lowest total of the tournament.

 On the rest day, Kenya was able to pick up their second win of the tournament with a hard fought 23 run win against Nigeria. Kenya’s batting was set up by the third half century of the tournament from Queentor Abel (60) that helped the Kenyans collect 115/6 in their 20 overs. Nigeria wickets in intervals at the top of the order to leave them railing at 45/5, they failed to recover from that situation eventually running of wickets with 23 runs required for the win.