Kenya Women's Team in action against Rwanda Women's Team at Gahanga Oval in Kigali - Image by Don G/P @DLight20th (Twitter)

Kenya Women’s cricket team defended their title by winning the 2018 “Kwibuka Cricket for Peace” T20 tournament in Kigali, Rwanda by defeating Uganda U19 in the final. After Kenya won both their final group matches against host’s Rwanda and Uganda U19 each on 09th Jun 2018, Uganda U19 qualified for the final on the basis of better net run-rate over Rwanda Women’s team.

Kenya Women’s Team at Gahanga Oval in Kigali – Image by Don G/P @DLight20th (Twitter)

Kenya Women thus remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. In the final, Kenya Women posted a total of 137/5 in their 20 overs and restricted Uganda U19 Women’s team to only 98/6 to win the match by 39 runs.

Veronica Anyango top-scored for Kenya in the final with 52 runs to her name along with handy cameo’s by Margaret Banja (25 n.o) and Silvia Kinyua (22). Jane Francis Baluka (1/28) and Rita Musamali (0/18 off 4) bowled well for Uganda U19 Women’s team.

Venasa Ooko (2/16 off 4), Sarah Bhakita (2/10 off 4) and Mary Mwangi (1/17 off 4) combined well together to restrict the run-scoring for Uganda Women’s batters as they struggled to get going throughout their innings to mount any kind of challenge over their opponents. Stephanie Nampiima played a lone hand in the end with 27 unbeaten runs but could not get the acceleration from the other end as Uganda U19 failed to play catch up with the asking rate.

Kenya Women’s Team in action against Rwanda Women’s Team at Gahanga Oval in Kigali – Image by Don G/P @DLight20th (Twitter)

Rwanda has hosted two International series within the space of few weeks with the Men’s team hosting Zambia for a 5-match T20 series followed by the Women’s “Kwibuka Cricket for Peace” T20 tournament to showcase their hosting capabilities ahead of ICC World T20 Africa “B” qualifiers in Jul 2018, the schedule for which can be found here.

Here are the top 10 batters in the “Kwibuka Cricket for Peace” T20 tournament:

Player Name Country Matches Highest Runs Average Strike-Rate
Veronica Anyango Kenya 3 54 142 47.33 116.39
Rita Musamali Uganda 5 46* 98 24.5 102.08
Immaculate Nakisuyi Uganda 5 34 78 15.6 100
Queentor Abel Kenya 4 37* 77 77 116.67
Sylvia Kinyua Kenya 4 47 77 19.25 81.05
Diane Bimenyimana Rwanda 4 23 61 15.25 65.59
Stephanie Nampiima Uganda 5 28* 61 30.5 82.43
Mary Wambui Mwangi Kenya 5 24 56 11.2 65.88
Margaret Banja Kenya 4 25* 45 22.5 121.62
Veronique Iriho Rwanda 4 23 42 21 67.74

 

The Kenyan and Ugandan U19 bowlers dominated the tournament from the onset and it shows in the stats of the top 10 bowlers in the tournament:

Player Name Country Matches Runs Wickets Average Strike-Rate Economy
Mary Wambui Mwangi Kenya 5 60 6 10 15 4
Jane Francis Baluka Uganda 4 73 5 14.6 19.2 4.56
Queentor Abel Kenya 4 77 5 15.4 18 5.13
Immaculate Nakisuyi Uganda 5 84 5 16.8 16.2 6.22
Sarah Bhakita Kenya 4 53 4 13.25 22.5 3.53
Veronique Iriho Rwanda 4 42 3 14 12.33 6.81
Venasa Ooko Kenya 4 49 3 16.33 30 3.27
Diane Bimenyimana Rwanda 4 89 3 29.67 28.33 6.28
Stephanie Nampiima Uganda 5 97 3 32.33 32 6.06
Baluka Jane Uganda 1 10 2 5 12 2.5

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