Wanderers defeated Tornado by three wickets to clinch their second straight National Women’s 40-Over League title with 48 points at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.
“It’s amazing,” excited Wanderers’ skipper Kevin Apio told Daily Monitor upon sealing the crown. “We worked hard, had tough phases and this victory is worth celebrating,” she added.
There were worries that Wanderers, who had led throughout the season, were going to crumble at the eleventh hour after their lead at the summit was cut to two points following their two-wicket loss to hosts Jinja SS nine days ago.
And the title was too, in sight for second-placed Tornado (41) who had recruited Cricket Cranes’ Charles Waiswa’s sibling Betty Kalende for the decider. But all Wanderers’ worries were quickly settled once they claimed two early catches off bowlers Rebecca Akwenyu (4/8) and Julia Karungi (2/13) to dismiss Tornado’s openers Christine Aryemo and Justine Musubika.
Franklyn Najjumba rebuilt their momentum again with a 38-ball 26 knock and Kalende’s 8* off 15 helped Tornado to set 77 in 33.2 overs.
Once Wanderers’ opening pair of Apio and Rebecca Akwenyu put 25 runs on board for the first wicket, that onset was good enough to guarantee them a perfect reply.