Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ugandan girls win Kwibuka Cricket for Peace T20 Tourney

Uganda won 4 out of the 5 games at the 2014 Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Women’s T20 Tournament at Kicukiro oval. Rwanda's star batter Veronique Iriho in action during the final game.

The 3-day event to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi saw Rwanda and Uganda play five games between themselves. Rwanda’s coach Eric Ndangamyambi attributed the poor performance on the girls’ inability to do well with the bat.

This was evident as the girls failed to build long batting partnerships and poor communication. Rwanda’s longest batting partnership had 34 runs between Veronique Iriho and Mary Maina in the 2nd game.

However, Ndangamyambi commended the girls for doing well in fielding.

“We dropped very few catches and got six run-outs. The opening bowlers did extremely well to contain Ugandan batters in the power play,” he noted. Mary Maina, the Rwanda captain said her team played against a much stronger team, “We have learnt a lot from them and we are going to work hard especially in our batting.”

The best performances from Rwandan team were Iriho with 54 runs, Better Mukunzi, who took 6 wickets and Maina, who had 8 dismissals. Rwanda Cricket Association General Manager Joshua Mwanja said they hope to make the tournament an annual event and will invite other East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania to participate.


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