Kenya's all round brilliance delivers redemption against Tanzania

Kenya’s day of mixed bags ended with an emphatic six - wicket win over Tanzania to cap a rain affected day with a glimmer of sunshine in the opening day of the inaugural Kenya Women’s T20 tournament at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Despite losing the toss for the second time in a row, Kenya managed to restrict Tanzania to 90 runs in 19 overs, thanks to a thrilling 4/22 from Flavia Odhiambo’s spell as she swept through the middle order. Only Saum Mtae withstood the precise bowling from the hosts to top score with 36 runs from 33 balls before being held off by Monica Ndhambi to gift Esther Wachira her first wicket in the 15th over.

Wachira, Lavender Idambo and Melvin Khagoitsa each picked two wickets-a-piece.

In reply, Queentor Abel led her troops from the front, registering two fours and sixes alike to put on 35 runs from 34 balls in a 37 – run second wicket partnership with her Nakuru home girl Daisy Njoroge (17.)

Perice Mamunya, Sheila Shamte and Agnes Qwele each picked a sole wicket for the Coastal visitors.

Kenya takes a break tomorrow to pave way for Qatar's double header against Uganda and Tanzania at 10:30 am and 2:30pm, respectively, at the same venue.

Uganda rains on Kenya's parade in series opener

Proscovia Alako’s 21 – ball 27 was a shot in the arm for the hosts as they went down to Uganda by 8 wickets in the opening fixture of the inaugural Kenya Women’s T20 tournament at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

The match hit a sweet sport for Women's Cricket as this would go down in history as the first International Ladies' match to be played at the ground. In the rain affected match that was reduced to ten overs per side, Kenya managed 54 runs on the Board, losing three wickets in the process, including the run out of Sharon Juma for 11 off 10 balls, as Mary Mwangi (13 off 21) went on to top score for Kenya. Venesa Ooko stayed unbeaten on 11 runs off the 8 balls that she managed to face.

In reply, Proscovia Alako and Kevin Awino’s (19) opening stand of 40 runs saw Uganda through 6.5 overs before Immaculate Nakisuuyi did the finishing job, albeit with a bit of a huff in the final two overs that brought the run rate down a notch.

Queentor Abel and Esther Wachira each picked a wicket-a-piece as the Pearl of Africa beauties went on to claim victory with a sole boundary over mid off with two balls left to spare. 

Uganda play their next game tomorrow morning against Qatar.


Women's Cricket comes alive with inaugural Quadrangular tournament

2010. That was the last time Kenya hosted a Ladies' tournament, let alone international sides. Slow forward to a decade later and some change, Kenya is set to host familiar foes Uganda and Tanzania while Qatar Women touch down for the very first time to take part in the inaugural Kenya Women's T20 Tournament.

A show of firsts, it will also be the first time that the Ladies take to the field in an international match at the Nairobi Gymkhana, a League match in 2010 against Goan Institute being the only other time they have played at the 'Lords of Kenya.' The tournament bowls off on 13th December 2022 with the hosts taking on Qatar Women at 10:30am at the Nairobi Gymkhana, all the matches being livestreamed.