Uganda U-19 Girls roar hard in Botswana to finish top of Group B |ICC Women’s U-19 World Cup Qualifiers 

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By Kirunda Wycliffe 

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Uganda 181/3 in 20 overs

Botswana 38/8 in 20 overs

Uganda won by 143 runs

After collecting maximum points against Namibia in their opener, Uganda U19 Girls seemed geared up and ready for anything with moral and high expectations that enabled them go past Sierra Leone in the second game with a clinical performance. 

Uganda have registered three wins from three group games that they have played against Namibia, Sierra Leone and Botswana as they finished the group unbeaten.

Uganda won the toss and elected to bat first against Botswana, a decision that yielded proper fruits as they put up a big remarkable score, defeating the hosts by 143 runs.

A 150 run partnership between the opening pair of skipper Jimia Muhammed and Alako Proscovia was crucial and solid for Uganda as each posted 36 runs off 42 balls and 93 runs off 54 balls respectively, setting a good foundation for the incoming batters.

The Uganda opening pair seemed determined from the first ball until the 15th over when one departed the crease. 

Despite losing the opening pair, Malisa Ariokot (8 runs off 14 balls) and Sandra Achwao (17 runs off 12 balls) were able to push Uganda to 181/3 in 20 overs.

In reply, Botswana started their chasing task on a backfoot losing their opening pair of Goitseone Setshwane and Pako Mapotsana in the opening over, giving Uganda a defending confidence. 

Kevin Amuge had no mercy for the batters as she disorganised Botswana’s batting lineup making them struggle to form any kind of partnership that saw only two players register double figures as she picked four wickets.

The tight bowling and a masterclass fielding from Uganda saw them defend their score as they registered a 143 run win over Botswana in their final group stage game.

Uganda qualified for semifinals as they topped Group B.

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