Uganda bag third win as bowlers nip Tanzania

Uganda walked out of Day 3 of the ongoing Kenya Women's T20 tournament with a perfect 3 as they rampaged to a six-wicket win over East African counterparts, Tanzania, with 44 balls in hand at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Tanzania were a shadow of their previous evening's magnificent show where they put on 175 runs on the board, capitulating to 73 runs in 17.2 overs. The tournament's half centurion Fatuma Kibasu was the pick of the Tanzanian batters with 20 runs from 25 balls, inclusive  of three boundaries, while Hudaa Omary top scored with 25 runs off 33 balls, in an innings that included four noughts.

 In reply, Uganda stumbled to the finishing line, Proscovia Alako dismissed for a sole run with the rest of the batting order chipping in to get over the finishing line in the 13th over. Janet Mbabazi's 19 - ball 17 that included two boundaries earned her a player of the match performance as Immaculate Nakisuuyi remained unbeaten on 16 off 10.

Nasra Saidi was the pick of the bowlers for Tanzania with 2/13 from her 3.4 overs while Ugandan bowlers shared one-a-piece. 

The teams take a rest on Friday and resume on Saturday for the same fixture.

Kibasu batting masterclass completes Qatar double punch

Fatuma Kibasu registered the maiden half century of the Kenya Women’s T20 tournament helping Tanzania Women to a massive 77 – run win over Qatar in the fourth match of the Kenya Women’s T20 tournament at Nairobi Gymkhana. In turn, this ensured that Qatar lost their second match of the day, having earlier fell to Uganda by 8 wickets in their tournament opener at the same venue.

Electing to bat, the skipper put up a record 111 – run opening partnership that set up the highest total of the tournament, yet, 4/175 in 20 overs, including the highest power play score of the tournament, 0 – 49.

Kibasu blasted five fours in her 44 – ball 52 before her stumps were rattled by Saachi Dhadwal at the close of the 12th over. Saum Mtae received the same treatment from Shahreen Bahadur six balls later, falling painfully a run short of her maiden half century of the tournament.

Qatar's Mishra Sabeeju bats as Tanzania's wicket keeper Linda Massawe looks on.

Veteran batter Monica Pascal (28 off 23) and Hudaa Omary (26 off 22) completed the onslaught for Tanzania.

In reply, Qatar Women offered better stroke play than their morning match in the form of Aysha who floored 6 boundaries in her quest for a well earned 28 runs, four of which came off Aisha Mohamed as she wrapped up the powerplay overs. Aysha's partnership with Dhadwal (21) was the highlight of the innings, the two putting up a 45 - run partnership for the second wicket that helped Qatar to 9/98 at the close of the innings.

Nasra Saidi and Agnes Qwele were the pick of the bowlers for Tanzania with two wickets-a-piece.

Alumo stars as Uganda skittle Qatar

Uganda Women made quick work of Qatar’s lowly total of 54 runs to rush home by 8 wickets in just 9.5 overs to record their second win in the second day of the Kenya Women’s T20 tournament at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Uganda lost Proscovia Alako (5) with Shahreennawab Khan’s first ball skittling her stumps in the second over. With the score on 1/6, Janet Mbabazi (23) and Kevin Awino (21) added 39 runs to the second wicket, despite the former falling with just 10 runs left for victory.

However, it was Irene Alumo’s match winning 3/3, inclusive of two maidens that stole the show as Uganda ensured that none of the Qatar batters got to double figures.  Ecstatic about her Man of the Match commendation, she could only state how happy she was. “I started playing cricket in 2005 when I was still a baby and I have never received this award. I’m very happy,” said Alumo.

Shrutiben Rana was the top scorer for Qatar with 8 off 17 balls while Sarah Akiteng and Concy Aweko each picked two wickets-a-piece for Uganda.

Qatar play Tanzania in the afternoon fixture while Uganda will face Tanzania in the second East African affair tomorrow morning at the same venue.