Kwibuka T20: Uganda outclass Germany, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda bag wins
Kevin Awino and Gloria Abukor’s massive opening partnership helped Uganda thump Germany by 167 runs, while hosts Rwanda defeated Botswana by six wickets in the Kwibuka T20 tournament in Kigali on Wednesday (June 15). Tanzania continued their winning streak in the Kwibuka T20, while Kenya were too good for Brazil.
Rwanda edge past Botswana
Playing at the Gahanga International Stadium, Botswana won the toss and opted to bat first against Rwanda in the Kwibuka T20. Botswana got a slow but promising start in the powerplay as the opening pair added 31 runs. Botswana’s middle-order wobbled against some smart bowling by Rwanda. Only captain Laura Mophakedi and Goabilwe Matome could score in double digits. Gisele Ishimwe was the pick of the bowlers for Rwanda as she took two wickets. Immaculate Muchawenimana and Margueritte Vumiliya were economical and took a wicket each.
The hosts, Rwanda, were rocked early in the chase as Sarah Uwera was dismissed by Matome in the first over. Gisele and Uwamahoro added 40 runs for the second wicket to ensure a solid foundation for Rwanda. Marie Bimenyimana and Henriette Ishimwe made sure there are no hiccups and chased down the modest total in the 17th over to bag another victory for the host nation.
Uganda thump Germany
At the IPRC Oval in Kigali, Germany’s captain Christina Gough won the toss and opted to bowl against Uganda. Openers Kevin Awino and Gloria Abukor made Gough question her decision as the pair added mammoth 165 runs before Germany could make a breakthrough. Abukor scored 72 runs off just 51 balls while Awino remained unbeaten on 95 off 61 balls. The latter missed her maiden T20I century by just five runs but she took Uganda past 200 runs for the first time in this edition of Kwibuka T20.
Chasing this total was an uphill task for Germany and it got even harder with Janet Ronalds and Gough departing inside the powerplay. Germany lost half of their side with just 24 on the board. None of the German batters could score in double digits as Consylate Awekonimungu and Everlyne Anyipo took seven wickets between them while conceding just eight runs. Uganda bowled Germany out for 46 and won the match by whopping 167 runs.
Tanzania’s dominance continues
Nigeria faced the Kwibuka T20 tournament’s unbeaten side, Tanzania, at the Gahanga International Stadium. Blessing Etim won the toss and opted to bat first against Fatuma Kibasu’s side. Nigeria lost opener Eseigbe Favour early and a flurry of wickets followed. Esther Sandy, batting at six was the only Nigerian player to score in the double digits. Tabu Saidi took two wickets for Tanzania as Nigeria were bowled out for 62 in the final over of the innings.
Captain Kibasu opened the batting for Tanzania in the chase with Swam Mtae, in the pursuit of their fifth consecutive victory in the Kwibuka T20. Tanzania lost Mtae early in the chase as she could only contribute four runs. Neema Mageni and Hudaa Mrisho helped their captain rotate the strike in the chase. Kibasu departed when Tanzania needed just two runs to win. Nara Saidi rushed between the wickets to score the winning runs and maintain the winning streak for Tanzania.
Kenya outclass Brazil
Kenya’s captain Queentor Abel won the toss and opted to bat first against Brazil at the IPRC oval in the Kwibuka T20 tournament. The captain led from the front with the half-century and the opening partnership of 69 runs. Veronicah Abugah and Sharon Juma supported their captain and took Kenya past 100 in the 12th over. But it was Sarah Wetoto’s hitting that dented Brazil in the death overs. She started her innings with a massive six over long-on and scored 40 runs off just 12 balls and helped Kenya score whopping 184 runs in the first innings.
Brazil’s chase got off to a shaky start as Melvin Idambo dismissed wicket-keeper Evelyn de Souza and Lindsay Vilas Boas in her first over of the match. Renata de Souza and captain Roberta Moretti Avery tried to rebuild the innings with the partnership of 53 runs but once they were dismissed, none of the Brazilian players could do much. Mercyline Ochieng took three wickets to break the back of the chase while Wetoto showed her class with the ball and took two wickets.
Botswana 91/7 in 20 overs (Laura Mophakedi 22; Gisele Ishimwe 2/14) lost to Rwanda 93/4 in 16.4 overs (Cathia Uwamahoro 27, Gisele Ishimwe 26; Tuelo Shadrack 1/7) by six wickets
Uganda 213/1 in 20 overs (Kevin Awino 95*, Gloria Abukor 72) beat Germany 46 all out in 18.5 overs (Asmita Kohli 9; Sarah Akiteng 4/3, Consylate Awekonimumgu 3/5) by 167 runs
Nigeria 62 all out in 19.5 overs (Esther Sandy 16; Tabu Saidi 2/7) lost to Tanzania 63/3 in 12.2 overs (Fatuma Kibasu 33, Neema Mageni 12) by seven wickets
Kenya 184/3 in 20 overs (Queentor Abel 51, Veronicah Abugah 48, Sarah Wetoto 40*) beat Brazil 82 all out in 18.3 overs (Renata de Souza 26; Mercyline Ochieng 3/11, Sarah Wetoto 2/15) by 102 runs