Cricket. The star-studded KICC dressing room was full of miserable faces after suffering a shock loss with their founder member, Parminder Moni, watching from the Lugogo stands.
Pioneer Cricket Club defeated Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by 27 runs at Lugogo on Saturday to throw the National Women’s 40-Over League title race wide open.
“It feels great to take our first league victory against KICC,” soft-spoken Pioneer skipper, Justine Musubika, told Daily Monitor. “Now that we have recovered from that opening defeat to Tornado B, we hope this win propels us further for future matches.” While Musubika could barely control her ecstatic teammates, misery engulfed the star-studded KICC dressing room.
No one from the KICC camp offered a comment about the game and slowly, players left Lugogo one by one. Knowing the strength of her bowling unit, Musubika (12 off 30) opted to bat first.
Pioneer reeled at 11-2 and later 39-4 at the mercy of bowlers Gertrude Chandiru (2/18) and Gloria Adubu (3/36). However, Franklyn Najjumba struck five boundaries for the season’s highest score of 50-ball 45 and her 60-run sixth-wicket partnership with Carol Namugenyi (36 off 30) helped Pioneer to set 143 in 31.2 overs. The target proved to be unreachable when Najjumba (2/34) bowled and caught Rihanna Muteesi to leave KICC at 23-1 after six overs.
Five deliveries later, Scovia Akello’s furniture was dismantled by Musubika (1/22) for a golden duck.
Failure by lower-order array of batters to build on Flavia Laker (29 off 44) and Naomi Kayondo’s (21 off 35) resistance saw KICC’s innings fold at 116-9 in 27.5 overs.
National women’s 40-over league
Pioneer 143/10 KICC 116/10
(Pioneer won by 27 runs)
Jinja SS 180/10 Charity TF 90/9
(Jinja SS won by 90 runs)