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Defending champions Ingabo Knights struggle early in RCA Women’s Elite League

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Results for Ingabo Knights in the tournament so far

Match One

Ingenzi Heroes 72 for 8 (Flora 25, Nyirakundineza 4-5) beat Ingabo Knights 71 for 9 (Niyomuhoza 17, Muhawenimana 2-9) by two wickets

Match two

Imena Herons 100 for 5 (Mervielle 50, Neema 24, Irera 1-21) beat Ingabo Knights 99 for 8 (Gisele 52*, Wachira 2-12, Tumukunde 2-17, Celine 2-23) by 6 wickets

The defending champions of the RCA Women’s T20 Elite League, Ingabo Knights, are facing early challenges, having lost both of their initial matches.

Despite their strong track record, they need to bounce back quickly to regain their winning form.

In their first game, the Knights were sent to bat first and lost to Ingenzi Heroes by two wickets.

The absence of their top-order batter, Gisele Ishimwe, due to school commitments, was a significant blow.

In the second game, Gisele returned with a clinical not-out knock of 52 off 60 balls at a strike rate of 86.67.

However, the lack of support from other batters like Shakila Niyomuhoza, who was trapped LBW for a duck, and Cathia Uwamahoro’s insufficient 9 off 10, contributed to their six-wicket loss to Imena Herons.

While the Knights have shown impressive bowling performances, their batting lineup has yet to find its rhythm.

The departure of former captain Uwera Sarah has ushered in a new era under Rosine Irera.

When asked about the recent losses, Irera chose to remain silent, and attempts to contact head coach Anselme Mugisha were unsuccessful.

Rwanda women’s head coach, Nhamburo Leonard, praised the tournament for providing valuable exposure to local players, especially the under-19 players.

Leornad Nhamburo- Rwanda Women’s Head Coach

He emphasized the importance of young players learning to take responsibility.

Leonard also mentioned the unfortunate injury of Kenyan international player Charity Muthoni, who was hit by the ball during her first match.

As matchday two concluded, Imena Herons sit atop the table, unbeaten in their two games, while the Ingabo Knights remain winless and at the bottom.

Imena Herons’ Mervielle Uwase leads the batting charts with 77 runs from two innings, followed by Ishimwe’s 52 from one inning.

Marie Jose Tumukunde from Imena Herons tops the bowling statistics with eight wickets from two innings.

The tournament will resume next Saturday with Amasimbi Hawks taking on the Ingabo Knights, who will be eager to secure their first victory.

Photo Credits Ishimwe Abdoulkahal (RCA Media)

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