Uganda off to a flyer in UAE T20 Cup

There is no better way Team Uganda’s coach Francis Otieno would have wanted his side to start the UAE International Women Twenty20 Cup.

The Lady Cricket Cranes started off at the invitational event with a convincing 87-run win over Oman at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

“It was a good game,” delighted senior player Franklyn Najjumba told this paper via phone. By then, the mood was a jovial one back in camp at Hotel Holiday International.

While Otieno will have to find solutions to a mid-order collapse, the Kenyan tactician will particularly be impressed with the team response.

Skipper Barbara Mukankusi’s three boundaries in an opening knock of 23 off 32 hardly got support from six batters on the order as Omani bowling trio Saya Channa (2/20), Sajina Rajesh (2/38) and Akshadha Gunasekar (2/21) enjoyed fine spells with the ball.

Uganda was reeling at 71-6 not until Najjumba and Carol Namugenyi walked onto the crease. The pair combined well for a 65-run partnership with 35 runs off 32 deliveries coming off Najjumba’s bat.

Namugenyi had 23 runs off 24 balls and 29 bowling extras had Uganda pile 126-7. The Ugandan fielding innings began with verve and put Oman in a tight spot at 5-3 after 5.5 overs courtesy of Namugenyi.

She snared outstanding figures of 4/3 and two maidens. That early blow set the tone as Consy Aweko (2/2) and Mackenzie Ayato (2/7) bowled out the Omanis for 39 runs. Today is rest day for Uganda but Oman takes on Kuwait in Group B.

Uganda 126/7 Oman 39/10 
(Uganda won by 87 runs)

Kayondo knock sets KICC off to a flyer

KICC defeated Charity Trust Fund by 169 runs to send out a warning statement on their National 40-Over League opener at Lugogo Oval on Saturday. 
Having faltered to deceive at the Sixes Challenge competition nine days ago, KICC’s star-cast turned on their mojo in their only second tournament since club inception in February.
“Many people were disappointed when we failed to win the Sixes’ crown last weekend,” KICC opener Flavia Laker said. “We are pleased with this perfect start and I hope we can build our title credentials on this victory.”

Opting to bat first, an opening 56-run partnership between Laker (35 off 42) and Kevin Apio (19 off 34) ensured KICC were well out of the blocks.
Then, Naome Kayondo made five boundaries in a solid 44-ball 41 knock and Esther Kayaga’s bowling spell (3-38) barely gave a flicker of resistance as KICC were spurred by 51 extras to pile 216 all-out in 36.1 overs. 
Lady Cricket Cranes’ skipper Kayondo was even more elated with her individual score on the day after her 25th birthday. “Actually, I didn’t want to score anything less than the number of years I had made yesterday (Friday),” she said. “So I was not going to let myself score anything below 25 years.”

National Women’s league
Weekend result
KICC 216/10 Charity TF 47/10
(KICC won by 169 runs)
Pioneer 126/10 Tornado B 127/6
(Tornado B won by four wickets).

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