Joint-log leaders Tornado B and Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) enriched their National Women’s 40-Over League title hopes with easy victories on Saturday.
First, Tornado B were spurred by an incredible eight-wicket haul from Racheal Ntono and later Immaculate Nakisuuyi’s 41-ball 29 as they chased down a target of 77 runs inside 11.5 overs to beat holders Wanderers by six wickets at Kyambogo Oval.
“It’s a good result to take home as we keep pace with KICC,” Tornado B coach Jackson Ogwang said after his side moved to 54 points.
The Sixes Challenge champions are on-level with star-studded KICC who followed suit by claiming their eighth straight victory after defeating 2012 champions Charity Trust Fund by 102 runs at the Budo Oval.
“This (winning streak) may appear easy on paper but it isn’t,” said KICC skipper Gertrude Chandiru. “Having vast match winners has really helped us keep up there.”
When KICC’s top-order failed to spark in midst of Joselyn Nakato (3/23) and Daphine Atwogeire (2/43), KICC sought refuge in Consy Aweko.
The former Pioneer player earned her best innings of 2015 in an unbeaten half-century of 60 runs off 68 balls. And together with Veronica Nakadama’s 26 off 39, KICC set 197 in 35.5 overs.
The Sudhir Ruparelia-funded outfit KICC found trouble in stopping Charity skipper Daphine Mukasa (51* off 48) but Chandiru (4/13) and Gloria Adubu (3/11) ended their chase on the first delivery of the 30th over.
Defeat for Charity (29) means reigning Mehta Twenty20 champions Jinja SS (31) moved to fourth place, thanks to brilliant knocks from Ritah Musamali (47 off 45) and Dinah Adong (39 off 73) while seeing off weeping girls Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC).
Women’s 40-Over League
Wanderers 76/10 Tornado 77/4
(Tornado B won by six wickets)
KICC 197/10 Charity TF 95/10
(KICC won 102 runs)
Jinja SS 195/5 JACC 51/10.