Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ladies inch closer to continental title

Kenya ladies beat Tanzania by 2 wickets to take them a step closer to an elusive continental championship with one final match against Uganda remaining between them and an historic achievement.

Tanzania won the toss and batted much better than in the teams' first meeting scoring 150/8 in their allotted overs. Khajida Nasibu (45), Asha Daudi (27) and Mwanaidi Ibrahim (23) the best performers with the bat, though once again extras contributed a significant 25 runs to the score.
Mercyline Adhiambo (3/16) and Emily Ruto (2/13) were the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with Belind Maska, Ruth Mwihaki and Margaret Banja all chipping in with a wicket a-piece.

Kenya's reply was held together largely by Perlyne Omamo whose 43 formed the backbone of the innings as Ibrahim (2/26) and Daudi (4/33) caused all sorts of trouble. Maska (20) and Mary Belle (14) were the next biggest contributors for Kenya as the match swung both ways. Once again, it was extras that hurt and the 33 runs given away by Tanzania enabled Mwihaki and Aliya Bauer to inch Kenya home with 2 wickets and 2 and a half overs remaining.

another win for the upcoming team of Kenyan cricket, but like their male counterparts, perhaps a warning against complacency would be well heeded. Kenya are now one match away from winning the continental title for the first time, but will need to pull out a better performance against Uganda today if they are to finish unbeaten and take the title they so richly deserve.

Tanzania Ladies 150/8 (Nasibu 45, Daudi 27, Adhiambo 3/16, Ruto (2/13)
lost to
Kenya Ladies 151/8 (Omamo 43, Maska 20, Daudi 4/33, Ibrahim 2/26)
by 2 wickets

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