Way before the Pepsi Girls Cricket Week bowled off, Jinja SS coach Habibu Mugalula expressed huge optimism that his troops could land a third successive title without much fuss.
And as the tournament bowled off, Jinja SS showed why they carry the favourites tag. They dispatched Ndejje SS and rookies Olila High School by 47 and 93-runs respectively at Lugogo Oval on Friday.
“We are not bragging but I really do not see any big threats in this tournament,” said Mugalula after the team talk.
“Our strong batting is hard to crack down and that’s our key weapon against the other 10 schools. “The entire team has been together for more than two years and these girls are inspired to play at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, something that many are despising them for,” he added.
With reigning Upsa FemaleCricketer of the Year Prico Nakitende still nursing a minor bruise on her left leg, Jinja’s batting prowess was spearheaded by Damalie Busingye.
The opener struck four boundaries for an unbeaten 21-ball 35 while wicket-keeper Kevin Awino added 10 as they set 69 for 1 from eight overs. Ndejje collapsed for 22 for 8 in their opener.
Later in the afternoon, Busingye found the boundary rope four times as she struck another unbeaten score of 47 off 50. Janat Mbabazi added 27 as Jinja SS set 145 for 5. Their rivals Olila were restricted to 52 for 4 in 20 overs.
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