Charity Trust Fund players celebrate after receiving their women’s Twenty20 National League title at Lugogo on Saturday. Photo by Eddie Chicco
Kampala- Charity Trust Fund ladies beat Tornado by 21 runs to retain the Twenty20 Mehta Premier League title at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.
The victory confirmed Charity finished the tournament unbeaten having won all their eight round-robin matches. In the semifinals, Charity easily saw off JACC by 70 runs while Tornado defeated Wanderers by 14 runs before setting up the repeat of last year’s final.
But Charity’s perfect title defence was largely drawn from the desire to make amends having failed to retain the 50-over title early this year.
“There was too much disorganisation in the team when we lost the 50-over title to Wanderers,” Charity captain Gerturde Chandiru told Daily Monitor upon lifting the trophy. “We quickly made amends, senior players looked more focused and we have managed to retain this title.” Speaking of the senior players, Charity’s Ritah Nyangendo finished as the tournament’s best player with 192 runs and 10 wickets, Carol Namugenyi was the best bowler (10 wickets) while national team opener Barbrah Mukankusi (171 runs) was the most outstanding batter.
Tornado’s Kevin Awino was voted the best wicket keeper and teammate Franklyn Najjumba took the best fielder’s accolade. “We carried the biggest burden and it paid off,” Nyangedo said. Adding: “Personally, I feel honoured having made a significant contribution to this success and I carry the form to the national side.”
Despite suffering four run-outs in the final, Mukankusi made 17 off 32, player of match Chandiru top scored with 26 off 47 while Nyangendo added 16 off 20 as Charity set a competitive total of 95 for 6. Then the latter pair alongside Namugenyi and Flavia Laker snared a wicket apiece as they suffocated Tornado’s batting to 74 for 6.
Tornado’s captain Consy Aweko scored 15 off 21 and Pricco Nakitende was finished on 16*.