Kampala. The Lady Cricket Cranes, Uganda’s national women’s cricket team, got their title defence off to a flier at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women’s Twenty20 Championship in Zimbabwe.
Uganda defeated Sierra Leone by 90 runs in the opening tie played at Harare Sports Club yesterday afternoon.
It was a team act with both the batsmen and bowlers chipping in equally to the resounding victory to ensure Uganda get their title defence underway in solid fashion as they bid to qualify for the ICC Women’s Global T20 World Cup Qualifier due August 31 - September 7 in Scotland.
Uganda is pitted with Namibia, Kenya and Sierra Leone in Group B while hosts Zimbabwe are with Mozambique, Rwanda and Nigeria in Group A. The group winners will meet in the final to decide who heads to Scotland. Player of the Match Damalie Busingye carried her bat for an unbeaten 65 runs, Naomi Kayondo scored 34 and Franklyn Najjumba added the finishing touches with 26 not out as Uganda set 143 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs.
Then spinners; Consy Aweko snared 4 for 6 and all-rounder Immaculate Nakisuyi claimed 3 for 14 as Uganda’s fine team effort restricted Sierra Leone to 53 all out.
In a pool they must win to qualify for the final, Uganda now take on 2017 hosts Namibia knowing that they must be as clinical as they can to avoid an upset. Namibia outclassed Kenya in yesterday’s opener and will be eager to beat another East African nation in Uganda. There were also wins for Zimbabwe and Rwanda who beat Mozambique and Nigeria respectively on the opening day.
“We are going to go about our business with resolve to get the one spot at stake for the continent. Hopefully we can keep the momentum,” said coach Michael Grace Ndiko.
The matches in the tournament will be played as Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is), with the top team progressing to both the 2019 ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier and the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier (50-over) tournaments.
ICC Women’s T20 Africa Cup
Uganda 143/2 Sierra Leone 53/10
Uganda won by 90 runs
Uganda vs. Namibia, 2pm