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27 February 2024 | Uncategorized

Match Summary

Uganda 145/6 in 20 Overs

  • Gloria Abukor 50(37)
  • Esther Iloku 32(37)

Zimbabwe 139/8 in 20 Overs

  • Consy Aweko 2/9
  • Sarah Walaza 1/23

Uganda won by 6 runs

Uganda's Senior Cricket National Team (Victoria Pearls) registered a six-run win over their rivals Zimbabwe on Tuesday at the Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute.

The two teams are on a training tour to India ahead of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Global Qualifiers that will take place in Dubai, UAE in April.

The Victoria Pearls came into the Tuesday fixture on the back of a two-run loss to the Lady Chevrons suffered on Monday.

Zimbabwe won the toss but unlike yesterday's game, Mary Musonda asked Victoria Pearls to bat first and Gloria Abukor had a player-of-the-game knock, finding six boundaries en route to a solid half-century off 37 balls.

While Abukor's opening partner Immaculate Nakisuyi fell quickly, Esther Iloku (32) who came in at 3 stuck in to forge a 48-run second-wicket partnership.

Janet Mbabazi (15) joined Iluko and put together a 34-run partnership before she departed and was quickly followed by her replacement Stephanie Nampiina. However, Ritah Musamali (17) helped Uganda to post a competitive 145/6 in their 20 Overs.

The defence of the total got off to a poor start with Evelyn Anyipo and Mbabazi conceding 19 and 16 runs respectively in the opening two overs as Kelis Ndhlovu easily found gaps in the field for boundaries.

However, Sarah Waraza arrested the bleeding with the wicket of Sharne Mayers who was caught at deep midwicket by Mbabazi.

With Zimbabwe's run rate just over 10, skipper Consy Aweko introduced herself in the attack and rewards came with her third ball as Chiyedza Dhururu was caught behind by Kevin Awino.

From that 8th over onwards, the Victoria Pearls slowed down Zimbabwe's run-scoring and once the top order was cleaned, the runs dried up as the asking rate kept going up despite some misfields from the Ugandans.

Masamali was able to defend the 13 runs required off the final over and Uganda registered 6-run win.

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