Pioneer skipper Justine Musubika struck a 68-ball 82 half-century to help her side beat hosts Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) by 164 runs on Saturday.
“Like what any other leader would do,” Musubika said of her display. “Of course, those innings were very important to me and my team.”
The result was Pioneer’s seventh straight victory in eight ties and kept them top of the National Women’s 40-Over League log with 42 points, six clear of KICC and Tornado B.
With six games to go, Musubika knows she and her teammates must keep performing to seal the title.
“We don’t want to lose grip. We want to remain top of the table,” added the sibling of former Cricket Cranes players Fred Isabirye and Charles Waiswa.
With both sides arriving late due to unavoidable circumstances, Musubika won the toss and opted to bat.
Openers Carol Namugenyi and Lelia Namaganda fell early but Musubika restored parity with 10 boundaries in a 50-run partnership with Franklyn Najjumba (26 run-a-ball). Another 57-ball 40 from Betty Kalende led Pioneer to 231-5 from 32 overs. Despite Nuru Nakaziba (19 off 47) and Grace Nabasa’s (14 off 55) bravery, they couldn’t find their way past Pricco Nakitende (5/17) and Namugenyi (2/15).
Pioneer 231/5 JACC 57/10
(Pioneer won by 174 runs)
Charity TF 154/7 Premier 84/5
(Charity TF won by 70 runs)
- Published in Women Cricket