Rwanda ends Uganda’s hopes of World Cup in ICC Women’s U-19 World Cup Qualifiers semifinals 

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By Kirunda Wycliffe

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Rwanda 97/6 in 20 overs

Uganda 41/10 in 14.4 overs

Rwanda won by 56 runs

The hopes of Uganda U-19 Girls featuring at the inaugural ICC Women’s U-19 World Cup has come to an end as they lost to their neighbours, Rwanda.

The hard work of the three wins that Uganda picked from the group stage has gone to waste after suffering a semi final defeat to Rwanda but there are more positives for the team to carry back home.

Uganda won the toss and elected to field first against Rwanda, a decision that seemed right as they limited Rwanda to 97 runs but failed to do well with the bat, falling short by 56 runs.

Despite Rwanda losing their skipper on her first ball, her replacement of Henriette Ishimwe and Merveille Uwase was perfect as they paired up to repair and cover the gaps of the early wicket.

Uganda failed to find a breakthrough into the pair that produced a 60 run partnership, as it helped Rwanda re-organise and find their batting hopes of scoring a big score.

Onform Merveille Uwase continued to perform as she scored 35 runs off 50 balls, batting throughout the innings, helping Rwanda post a total of 97/6 in 20 overs.

Uganda struggled from the first ball in the chase, failing to do the simple things but perfectly as they lost their wickets at a terrible rate.

Henriette Ishimwe took the full responsibility both with the bat and ball as she showed class against Uganda’s batters, picking four wickets.

The batting of Uganda was at its worst that saw no single player register a double figure as they team fell short by 56 runs to end its run at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

Rwanda’s win against Uganda means that Rwanda progressed to the finals where it will battle it out with Tanzania with only one team to finally book one slot to the 2023 U-19 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.

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