Kenya achieved the highest ever team score in an ICC sanctioned T20 game in the ongoing ICC World T20 Africa “B” qualifiers being played in Kigali, Rwanda in a day where all the pre-tournament favourites continued to make headwinds in both Men’s qualifiers for Africa regional and Women’s in the ICC Women’s World T20 qualifiers in Netherlands.
Uganda opened their points account with a comfortable victory over Tanzania after a high scoring loss to Kenya in the opening match and now will look to consolidate their position in the top 2 of the standings in the coming group fixtures.
The Women’s Qualifiers saw Bangladesh and Ireland secure their spots in the semi-finals after registering their second consecutive wins in their groups. UAE, PNG, Scotland and Uganda are still in withal chance to qualify amongst the top 2 from the respective groups and the final round of group matches will decide the semi-finalist’s in the Qualifiers.
Thailand and host’s Netherlands have unfortunately fallen way off in the race after two consecutive losses and will look to register their first wins in the tournament in the final group phase matches.
In the men’s Africa regional qualifiers, Kenya are sitting comfortably on top of the standings currently after commanding wins over Uganda and host’s Rwanda and with all teams set to play a double round-robin group phase matches, the race for the top 2 spots is still wide open for all the countries.
ICC WorldT20 Africa “B” Qualifiers:
Kenya 270/6 in 20 overs (Alex Obanda 63, Collins Obuya 63, Dhiren Gondaria 56, Rakep Patel 51, Yvan Mitari 2/53, Clinton Rububagumya 2/35) beat Rwanda 147/8 in 20 overs (Eric Niyomugabo 43, Subhasis Samal 26, Orchide Tuyisenge 18, Shem Ngoche 4/23, Elijah Otieno 2/14, Collins Obuya 2/16) by 123 runs
Uganda 181/4 in 20 overs (Ronak Patel 66 n.o, Hamu Kayondo 42, Roger Mukasa 42, Riazat Ali Shah 17, Harsh Ramaiah 2/22, Kassim Mussa 1/30) beat Tanzania 117/7 in 20 overs (Muhammad Zafar Khan 33, R Amarshi 26, Kassim Mussa 19, Mohammed Irfan Afridi 3/9, Dinesh Nakrani 2/24, Henry Ssenyondo 1/18, Roger Mukasa 1/9) by 64 runs
ICC Women’s WorldT20 Qualifiers:
Thailand 67/9 in 20 overs (Nannapat Koncharoenkai 22, Sornnarin Tippoch 15, Immaculate Nakisuyi 2/8, Getrude Candiru 2/11, Carol Namugenyi 1/1, Concy Aweko 1/3, Rita Musamali 1/11) lost to Uganda 68/6 in 18.1 overs (Immaculate Nakisuyi 21, Getrude Candiru 15 n.o, Suleeporn Laomi 3/17, Chanida Sutthiruang 2/11, Nattaya Boochatham 1/12) by 4 wickets
Scotland 98/2 in 20 overs (Sarah Bryce 49 n.o, Rachel Scholes 16 n.o, Laura Delany 1/13, Lucy O’Reilly 1/22) lost to Ireland 99/1 in 15.4 overs (Clare Shillington 47, Cecelia Joyce 35 n.o, Kathryn Bryce 1/24) by 9 wickets
Netherlands 42 all out in 18 overs (Denise Hannema 14, Sterre Kalis 15, Rumana Ahmed 3/2, Fahima Khatun 3/3, Panna Ghosh 2/13, Salma Khatun 1/2) lost to Bangladesh 44/3 in 7.5 overs (Shamina Sultana 14, Fargana Hoque 11 n.o, Cher van Slobbe 2/4, Silver Siegers 1/16) by 7 wickets
UAE 83 all out in 20 overs (Subha Srinivasan 22 n.o, Chaya Mughal 18, Sibona Jimmy 2/11, Kaia Arua 1/14, Vicky Araa 1/18) lost to Papua New Guinea 84/8 in 19.5 overs (Brenda Tau 19, Tanya Ruma 12, Subha Srinivasan 3/13, Chamani Seneviratna 1/7, Kavisha Kumari 1/15) by 2 wickets