Uganda’s junior women’s team wrapped up the round-robin phase of the three-team U19 Bilateral Cricket Twenty20 Cup Series on a high yesterday and will even fancy their chances of winning the final today. Coach Ivan Kakande’s were even more ruthless than they had been in their first three outings after displaying a powerful bowling show to defeat Tanzania’s U19s by 10 wickets at the University Oval in Kyambogo.
“We did well,” stated Kakande, a hard-to-satisfy coach. “We went back to the drawing board and corrected a few mistakes,” the Soroti Academy tutor stated.
Now, after Tanzania edged Uganda Select side by six runs in the afternoon, it means the girls from Dar-es-Salaam will face Kakande’s side in the tournament final this afternoon.
The hosts hope to finish off the showpiece with five wins from as many contests.
“We do not take them lightly,” Kakande said of the visitors. “We need to come back even stronger. If we are to bat first, 120 runs is a good score to defend.
“If they choose to bat, we will try do it like we did today. Our expectations are high because the players are on form with both bat and ball,” he added.
Yesterday, Uganda U19s restricted Tanzania to 41-9 after Mary Akello (2/6) and Rachael Acan (2/4) frustrated Shufaa Hamza (9 off 25) and company.
In the chase, openers Proscovia Alako (26 off 25) and Gloria Obukor (12 off 22) got over the line midway the eighth over.
When Tanzanians turned on the mojo, they set 74-7 to defeat Uganda’s Select U19 side by six runs and dash into the final.
Here, Uganda Select’s Rachael Mutesi fought with figures of 5-15 but Tanzania’s Justine Neema made 16 off 39.
Neema has scored 47 runs from four innings and is third on the tournament batting charts, behind Alako (89 runs) and Uganda U19 skipper Esther Illukor (55 runs).
Tanzania’s Nuru Omari (3/12) and Jeremiah Adolphina (3/13 in 3.2 overs) bowled out the Select team with four balls left. The former took his wicket-tally to six, three scalps behind leader Uganda Select’s Mutesi.