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Uganda’s women cricketers beat Kenya in thriller

Uganda’s Saidati Kemigisha bats in an earlier game. Uganda play the final in Windhoek today. PHOTOS ICC-CRICKET.COM

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ICC Women’s World #WT20 Africa Cricket Qualifiers

Windhoek, Namibia | THE NAMIBIAN |  Uganda beat Kenya by five wickets with one ball to spare in a thrilling semifinal match at the ICC Women’s World T20 Africa Qualifiers in Windhoek on Friday.

Kenya posted 89/5 off their 20 overs and in a dramatic finish, Immaculate Nakisuuyi hit a four off the second last ball to clinch a dramatic win for Uganda, The Nambian reports.

Uganda faces Zimbabwe in Saturday’s final from midday where the winning team earns a place into the Women’s World T20 global qualifier.

The Women’s World T20 tournament takes place in the West Indies in November next year where the West Indies will defend the title that they won for the first time in India last year after beating Australia by eight wickets in the final.

Sent in to bat, Kenya got off to a solid start as el and Queentor Abel and Veronica Abuga put on 33 for the first wicket.

Margaret Ngoche (8) and Silvia Kinyua (1) followed shortly after to leave Kenya at 47/3 after 12 overs, but Sarah Wetoto joined Abel to put on 40 runs for the fourth wicket.

Wetoto was eventually out for 25 off 21 balls (3×4), while Abel was 36 not out off 56 balls (3×4) as Kenya reached 89/5 off their 20 overs.

Uganda celebrates victory in Namibia on Friday. PHOTO THE NAMIBIAN

Gertrude Candiru (2/18) was Uganda’s best bowler.

Uganda lost wickets regularly in their run chase as Kenya held the upper hand in the early stages, with Saidati Kemigisha (0), Naome Bagenda (5), Candiru (7) and Mary Nalule (4) all went cheaply.

Opener Rita Musamali however grew in stature as the innings progressed, and when Frankline Najjumba was dismissed for 12 with the total at 56/5 with five overs to go, Kenya still held the upper hand.

Immaculate Nakisuuyi however joined Musamali to keep Uganda in the hunt and in a dramatic last over she hit the winning four as they reached 90/5 with a ball to spare.

Musamali remained not out on 28 off 43 balls, while player of the match Nakisuuyi scored 25 not out off 15 balls.

Earlier on Friday, hosts Namibia beat Tanzania by six wickets to win the fourth place play-off.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 0 8 3.066 336/50.2 218/60.0
Uganda 4 3 1 0 0 6 -0.029 235/51.4 212/60.0
Kenya 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.488 240/59.0 285/55.4
Namibia 4 1 3 0 0 2 -1.033 250/57.5 271/50.2
Tanzania 4 0 4 0 0 0 -1.423 320/80.0 395/72.5


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