Student-packed Wanderers stunned holders Pioneer in their opening tie of the National Women’s 50-over League, winning by a wicket at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Saturday.
“This is a good way to start the season,” Wanderers legendary coach Sam Walusimbi said after the game in which his side were viewed as underdogs. “Considering the size and experience of my girls, it is a deserved result,” said Walusimbi, the 1975 World Cup player. Devoid of team leader Janet Mbabazi (preparing for the World Softball Championships), it is Sadick Shakira (3/18) and Dorothy Losike 2/17, who fought to keep Pioneer batsmen at bay.
However, they failed to contain Pioneer skipper Barbara Mukankusi (29 runs off 68 balls), who shared a 50-run stand with Lelia Namaganda (17 runs) for the second wicket. Later, Caroline Namugenyi added 27 off 25 as they set 127 in 36-4 overs. “We should have had a bigger score,” Mukankusi said.
Namugenyi, last season’s best bowler with 41 scalps, began off in similar style here. She picked figures of 3/25 to clinch the Player of Match award.
But even with Prossy Tiko’s (3/17) contribution, Evelyn Anyipo (24 off 49) and Jennifer Nabwana (18 off 30) delivered under much pressure. The job was done midway the 37th over.
Women’s Div 1 results
Pioneer 127/10 Wanderers 128/9
(Wanderers won by one wicket)
Olila HS 161/9 JACC 24/10
(Olila won by 137 runs)