The wait is over for Wanderers in the National Women’s 40-Over League.
Several weeks after enduring a bad run of form, the defending champions thumped visitors Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) by 316 runs for their first season win at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Saturday.
The result, also the biggest margin of the season was masterminded by two centuries from Mary Nalule and skipper Janet Mbabazi. The pair respectively blew away JACC’s bowlers with knocks of 121* off 85 balls and 133 off 119 balls.
“I feel so good,”an ecstatic Nalule, a student at Ntinda View College, told Daily Monitor. “It was a good knock. I have less time to train and I didn’t expect.”
Like the 17-year-old, it was also Mbabazi’s maiden ton. “As captain, you have to keep scoring and this is what we wanted to do,” the 20-year-old said. “Unlike the previous matches, I perfected my shots and with this victory, there is no turning back,” the senior six vacationist added.
The youthful pair etched their names onto the list of female centurions in Ugandan cricket like Christine Aryemo (2011), Flavia Laker and Naome Kayondo (2014). Indeed, JACC must have regretted their decision to field first. When Wanderers’ opening pair of Jennifer Nabwana and Esther Ngabire departed for 62 runs, Mbabazi and Nalule shared 19 boundaries as they constructed a 272-run partnership that propelled Wanderers to 346-4 total - the season’s highest batting score. Notwithstanding the showers, JACC’s innings were brief. Mbabazi (4/3) and Nabwana (3/3) returned with meekly figures to bowl out JACC for a paltry 33 runs midway the 16th over.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S 40-OVER LEAGUE
Pioneer 178/6 Jinja SS 71/10
(Pioneer won by 107 runs)
Wanderers 346/4 JACC 30/10
(Wanderers won by 316 runs)