By Kirunda Wycliffe
Namibia 85/5 in 20 overs
Uganda 87/6 in 17.3 overs
Uganda won by 4 wickets
A lot of hardwork, determination and being mentally fit could be one of the key factors that must have led Uganda U-19 Girls register a 4 wicket win over Namibia in their first game of the competition.
Uganda won the toss and elected to field first against Namibia, a decision that seemed wise as they chased down the required score with 15 balls to spare.
Namibia had a good start to their innings with Mekelaye Mwatile and Engela Van Der Merwe being resistant to Uganda’s bowling that saw them post 34 runs off 42 balls and 22 runs off 40 balls respectively but once the pair was lost, Namibia started to struggle to score runs.
Patricia Timong (3/7) and Annet Anume (2/7) ensured Namibia was restricted to 85/5 in 20 overs.
Despite Uganda having a slow start to their innings, the opening pair of skipper Jimia Muhamed and Patricia Timong gave the team a good foundation that saw them post 11 runs off 13 balls and 18 runs off 43 balls respectively.
The 15 year old Malisa Ariokot’s calculated score of 20 runs off 22 balls and Immaculate Nandera’s 9 runs off 11 balls gave Uganda bragging rights as they chased down the required score in 17.3 overs to give them a perfect start to the qualifiers.
There is a lot to play for in the coming games as Uganda will need to be consistent with the ball and the bat if they to have a higher chance of making it to the World Cup.
There will be no time to rest for Uganda U-19 Girls as they will be back in play against Sierra Leone tomorrow in their second game.