Zimbabwe 99/7 (20 Ov)
Uganda 100/7 (19.3 Ov)
Uganda wins by 3 wickets
The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier ended on Saturday.
Uganda ladies cricket team managed to overcome Zimbabwe in the finals of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier.
In a nail-biting finish, the Lady Cricket Cranes won by 3 wickets with three balls remaining.
All-rounder Gertrude Candiru was the player of the match after she picked 3 wickets before scoring 23 runs later.
“Believing in myself as an individual, staying focused, knowing wat I want end fighting till the end on top of being discipline helped me reach this level,” said the joyous Chandiru who turns up for Olila team.
Zimbabwe who had defeated Uganda days earlier to match to the finals, posted 99 runs for the fall of 7 wickets, putting Uganda in a dire need of 100 runs from 20 overs.
Both Rachael Ntono and Stephanie Nampiina scored 16 runs before being caught by JN Komo and CS Mugeri as the Cranes started to crawl in the chase.
Hero Chandiru later stepped up to hit her top gear with an unbeaten 23 runs to seal the historical triumphant victory in Windhoek.
“It has been team work throughout. Everyone who came on to bat was eager to chase those points and do it for our Country,” said team Captain Kevin Awino.
Uganda came top of the 5-team tournament that had countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania.
What next for the Lady Cricket Cranes?
The victory means that Uganda has now qualified to the final qualifying tournament for the World Cup, an event that will take place either later this year or early next year.
Uganda now joins Bangladesh (2016 World T20), Ireland (2016 World T20), Papua New Guinea (East Asia Pacific), Scotland (European/Americas) and Netherlands (European/Americas) among the already qualified teams to play the Women’s World T20 global qualifier.
If Uganda comes out successfully, it will go direct to the glamorous 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 which will be hosted in the West Indies in November next year.
Uganda’s fall of wickets
1-1 (M Nalule, 0.4 ov), 31-2 (R Ntono, 6.3 ov), 43-3 (R Musamali, 8.3 ov), 43-4 (S Kemigisha, 9.2 ov), 59-5 (F Najjumba, 13.3 ov), 61-6 (I Nakisuuyi, 13.5 ov), 91-7 (S Nampiina, 18.4 ov).