By Kirunda Wycliffe
Uganda 107/4 in 20 overs
Sierra Leone 84/5 in 20 overs
Uganda won by 2 runs
Uganda U19 girls beat Sierra Leone U19 to make it two in two to book a semi final slot of the tournament.
Having won the first game against Namibia, a side that looked strong and favorites of the group, Uganda went ahead with their calculated moves and tactics as they registered a 23 run win against Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone won the toss and elected to field first against Uganda, a decision that seemed wise with the bowlers doing so well with the ball but failed to limit Uganda to a small score that they could chase down.
Uganda had a slow start to their inning, losing Alako Proscovia in the opening over that gave Sierra Leone a more comfortable move to their bowling.
Within 10 overs, Uganda seemed to be in more trouble with a score of 32/2 with a lot of dot balls that kept the pressure mounting on them as they needed a pair that count turn round things to the next level.
The pair of Sandra Achwao and Patricia Timong was solid in the last 10 overs, putting up a good show with each scoring 48 runs off 46 balls and 29 runs off 39 balls respectively to help Uganda post a total of 107/4 in 20 overs.
Sierra Leone started on a backfoot to their innings in the chase, struggling to form meaningful partnerships that could hold their nerves and chase down the required score with their resources.
Skipper Cilina Bull (29 runs off 42 balls) and Emma Kamara (15 runs off 16 balls) was the only pair that tried to push for runs but once the pair was lost, their replacements couldnt do anything better as they lost to Uganda by 23 runs.
Timong Patricia’s performance with both the bat and ball was so crucial as she registered good numbers of 2/16 with the ball and 29 runs, batting not out.
The win means Uganda qualifies for semifinals with a group stage game to play against hosts, Botswana on Tuesday.