Kwibuka T20: Tanzania, Kenya set for final clash; Uganda to face Rwanda for third place

Kwibuka T20: Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya

Uganda were too good for hapless Botswana while Rwanda masterfully defended their small total against Nigeria in the Kwibuka T20 on Thursday (June 16). Tanzania continued their dominance with the clinical win against Brazil while the defending champions, Kenya defeated Germany. Tanzania will face Kenya in the final of the tournament on June 17. Same day Uganda and Rwanda will clash in the third-place play-off.

Uganda overpower Botswana

At the Gahanga Cricket stadium, Uganda’s captain Consylate Awekonimungu won the toss and invited Botswana to bat first. Captain herself struck in the second over to give Uganda an early breakthrough. Botswana couldn’t forge any meaningful partnerships as every batter struggled for runs. Opener Olebogeng Batisani survived for 10 overs but she could only score six runs. Janet Mbabazi and Awekonimungu took three wickets each as Botswana were bowled out for 36 in the first innings.

Kevin Awino, player of the match from Uganda’s thumping win over Germany, and Mbabazi chased down the target in just eight overs with nine wickets still in the hand. Awino remained unbeaten on 18 while Mbabazi scored the winning runs off Goabilwe Matome to give Uganda their fifth win of the Kwibuka T20. 

Rwanda hold their nerve 

At the IPRC Oval in Kigali, Nigeria won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rwanda. Rwanda’s opener Sarah Uwera scored 32 on the tricky batting wicket. Marie Diane Bimenyimana supported the opener with 16 runs but Rwanda could only score 91 for seven in the first innings. The hosts of Kwibuka T20 bowled really well to restrict their opposition in the first innings.

In reply, Nigeria were rocked early with the wickets of Omonye Asika, Favour Eseigbe and Esther Sandy. Their captain, Blessing Etim tried to help her team get over the line with unbeaten 29 runs but she didn’t get any help from the other end. Nigeria could only score 68 runs in the chase and Rwanda won the match by 23 runs. 

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Tanzania remain unbeaten 

At the IPRC Oval, Brazil won the toss and opted to bat first against the unbeaten side of the Kwibuka T20, Tanzania. Tabu Saidi continued her form with the ball to give Tanzania crucial wickets of Laura Cardosa and Laura de Silva. Brazil’s captain fought a lone battle with her innings but Brazil could only score 57 in the first innings. 

Tanzania again showed their class in the chase with captain Fatima Kibasu opening the batting with Shufa Hamza. The pair chased the total down in the 8th over to extend Tanzania’s winning streak. Kibasu remained unbeaten on 22, while Hamza scored 24 off 22 balls.

Captain’s knock in vain for Germany

Playing at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium, Kenya won the toss and opted to bat first against Germany. Asmita Kohli gave some hope to the German side with the wicket of Veronicah Abugah in the third over. But that just paired captain Queentor Abel with Sharon Juma as they added 28 runs for the second wicket. Once Abel was dismissed, Juma batted well with the hero of Kenya’s match against Brazil, Sarah Wetoto. Germany came back stronger to dismiss these set players in quick succession. Kenya scored 119 for five in the first innings. 

In the uphill chase against the defending champions of Kwibuka T20, Germany lost opener Janet Ronalds for just five runs as she tried her best to support her captain Christina Gough. Germany’s middle order could not add many runs and they were unable to support Gough, who fought a lone battle. She remained unbeaten on 47 and tried to take Germany over the line but her team could only manage 75 runs in the chase. Mercyline Ochieng was at her economical best as she only conceded 10 runs from her four overs to take Kenya home by 44 runs.

Botswana and Germany will face-off in the seventh place play-off, while Brazil will take on Nigeria for the fifth place.

Brief Scores:

Botswana 35 all out in 18.5 overs (Consylate Awekonimungu 3/5, Janet Mbabazi 3/9) lost to Uganda 36/1 in 7.3 overs (Kevin Awino 18*, Janet Mbabazi 13*) by nine wickets

Rwanda 91/7 in 20 overs (Sarah Uwera 32; George Chinyenum 3/18) beat Nigeria 68/6 in 20 overs (Blessing Etim 29*, Marie Diane Bimenyimana 2/17) by 23 runs

Brazil 57 all out in 19.1 overs (Laura Cardoso 17, Roberta Moretti Avery 10; Tabu Saidi 3/12) lost to Tanzania 58/0 in 7.3 overs (Shufa Hamza 24*, Fatuma Kibasu 22*) by 10 wickets

Kenya 119/5 in 20 overs (Queentor Abel 24, Sharon Juma 20; Sharanya Sadarangani 1/17) beat Germany 75/4 in 20 overs (Christina Gough 47*; Queentor Abel 1/16) by 44 runs