Team Uganda will need something special if they are to qualify for the 2016 ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup slated for India after the Lady Cricket Cranes suffered two successive defeats in their opening three fixtures at the ongoing ICC Africa T20 Qualifier in South Africa over the weekend.
The Naome Kayondo-captained side were well out of the blocks with a 39-run victory over Namibia but a seven-wicket loss to Tanzania late on Saturday and yesterday morning’s nine-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in Gauteng seemed to have dented their global dream.
In all the ties, opening pair of Gloria Adubu and Damalie Busingye failed to conjure up starts and visibly lacked solid back-up from the mid-order. To rub more salt onto the woods, coaches Frank Nsubuga and Jackson Ogwang haven’t been lucky to get any mention worthy performances from the tail.
Kayondo though has led by example and solely stood out with the bat but her displays have not covered up for the overall poor execution.
Aside from the opening rubber when Christine Aryemo top-scored with 25 runs off 40 balls, Kayondo was highest scorer with 13 off 26 and 34 off 44 balls in the subsequent losses. Uganda must now convincingly beat Kenya and force a rare victory over South Africa today and as well, hope either of Tanzania or Zimbabwe falters so as to earn a place in tomorrow’s decisive play-off final.
ICC AFRICA TWENTY20 WC QUALIFIER
Uganda 1084 Namibia 6910
(Uganda won by 39 runs)
Uganda 979 Tanzania 1003
(Tanzania won by seven wickets)
Uganda 708 Zimbabwe 721
(Zimbabwe won by nine wickets)
Kenya vs. Uganda – 9.30AM
South Africa vs. Uganda – 2PM
SOURCE: Daily Monitor