Red hot Kibasu tons up Nairobi Gymkhana!

Fatuma Kibasu is no stranger to hitting tons in the format and as she rightly put it during her Player of the Match presentation, "I am used to it by now, being the third time," she stated, amidst laughter from her teammates, alluding to her previous tons against Mali and Eswatini. 

Kibasu is the new talk about town after flooring thirteen boundaries to register the maiden ton of the ongoing Kenya Women's T20 tournament this afternoon at the Nairobi Gymkhana, helping Tanzania to a 96 - run win over Qatar.

Electing to bat, the skipper finished unbeaten on 101 off 62 balls to propel Tanzania to 2/201 in their allotted overs and their third win of the campaign. Kibasu, who holds the record for the only Associate Female Cricketer to score multiple centuries also managed to score her third ton in the format, three years after her first in Rwanda against Mali.

Tanzania Women celebrate a wicket.

She alluded to being surprised by the score line but quite confident in her team's abilities while at it. "I know what we are capable of and we have managed to correct many of our mistakes but I didn't expect us to get to 200 runs. I'm quite happy about us managing to pick up our third win of the tournament as well." 

Tanzania were off to a rocketing start, courtesy of a 97 - run opening stand halfway through their innings, with Saum Mtae (57) getting to her maiden half ton of the tournament just five days after painfully falling a run short. Hudaa Omary added 20 runs from the 13 balls she faced after getting in in the 14 over, staying unbeaten beside her skipper.

Hilal Agarwal and Aleena Khan were the only upside from Qatar's bowling, picking a wicket-a-piece from the batting onslaught.

In return, Shahreen Bahadur (30) hit 6 impressive boundaries to top score for Qatar, backed by Saachi Dhadwal who managed 20 runs. Aysha (15) and Aleena Khan (12) also managed double figures while Perice Kamunya was the stand out bowler for Tanzania with a mean 2/9 off her entire bowling quota.

Tanzania are third behind Kenya with six points adrift, despite an inferior run rate and will require a win tomorrow afternoon to afford a crack at the finals on Wednesday afternoon.

Hosts' race to the finals in limbo after loss to Uganda

Kenya's automatic dash to the finish line was further delayed by a convincing 6-wicket loss to Uganda as they wrapped up a double loss to their East African counterparts in the ongoing Kenya Women's T20 tournament at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Kenya set up a solid opening stand of 41 in just 6.2 overs courtesy of Mary Mwangi (31) and Monicah Ndhambi (17) but their momentum was stopped short when the latter was run out while hesitating one too many within the inner ring by Rita Musamali. 

Veronica Abuga took it up a notch with a 21 - ball 26 but it turned out to be a little too late as the hosts ending up on 4/107, with stand-in skipper Sharon Juma contributing 18 off 32 balls. 

In return, Flavia Odhiambo's 3-fer was barely enough to stop the Ugandan batters who put on a strong reply with the bat to solidify their place at the top of the 4-nation table.

Proscovia Alako turned a new leaf after a couple of rusty innings to put on 38 runs from 31 balls inclusive of four boundaries and two maximums as Uganda rushed to a steady victory with 22 balls to spare. Stephani Nampiina hit the final blow in style, a maximum over the Murang'a Road end of the ground to finish unbeaten on 30 off 17 balls, a boundary and two-sixes tally to her account. Musamali held the other end to also finish unbeaten on 20 runs off 18 balls while registering three boundaries. 

Kenya play Tanzania tomorrow afternoon with nothing short of a win required to get into the finals on Wednesday afternoon. 


Abel guides Kenya in skittling Qatar

Kenya piled on Qatar's misery in the ongoing Kenya Women's T20 tournament, winning by a resounding 9 wickets and condemning them to their third straight loss at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Skipper Queentor Abel spun the opponents for a measly 3/4, inclusive of two maidens, ensuring that only Aysha (12) managed double figures as they held on for 17.2 overs. Melvin Khagoitsa put on another sterling bowling performance with 3/13 off four overs while Flavia Odhiambo bagged 2/10 from her four overs, inclusive of one maiden.

Abel smacked three boundaries to remain unbeaten on 21 off 18 balls as Kenya cruised to victory inside the powerplay, only losing Mary Mwangi (11) in the process by way of Sabeeja Panayan at the close of the fourth over.

Kenya face Qatar again on Saturday afternoon after taking a break from the tournament.