Friday, May 26, 2006

Close Finish to 1st Girl's Match

According to this report from Oscar Pilipili in the Standard, the first match of the Girls Secondary Schools Cricket Challenge ended in a tie between Moi Girls and St Georges.
Moi Girls batted first, and scored 42 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 10 overs. In reply, St Georges managed the same total but for the loss of 7 wickets. Highest scorer with the bat was Dorine Mwende of Moi with 8 runs, and best bowler was Carol Kamau, also of Moi, who took 2 wickets and conceded six runs.
While it is great to see women's cricket being played in Nairobi, it is concerning that the matches used to select the national team are so short. 10 overs an innings means that it is effectively a hit-and-run situation, and not one conducive to producing players who will compete at fifty overs per innings. I also find it hard to see how the selectors can choose a team when players hardly get more than a sniff of action to show what they can do. Let's hope that they choose a large squad, then whittle it down once the girls have had a few longer games to show their real potential.
At least it is a start to the season for them however, and I don't wish to take away from the girls who I'm sure put their best efforts in. With such short games, there should at least be some close matches, and hopefully with the tournament being covered by the Standard it will help raise the profile of the sport. All the best to the girls taking part, and kudos to the Standard for keeping us informed.

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