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Victoria Pearls begin Preparatory Tour with defeat despite changes in batting Line-Up


Uganda v Omtex ICWC

Uganda 104/4

Omtex ICWC 105/5

Omtex ICWC won by 5 wickets

The Victoria Pearls embarked on a significant journey to the Omtex ICWC Cricket Academy, a pivotal step in their preparation for the upcoming All Africa games and world cup qualifiers in Dubai.

Amidst great anticipation, they faced off against Omtex ICWC SR today in what proved to be an intense match, resulting in the Pearls suffering a defeat by 5 wickets in their first outing of the training camp.

In response to their initial batting challenges, the coaching staff made strategic adjustments, notably altering the opening partnership by introducing Iloku Esther alongside Nakisuyi Immaculate.

This decision came after Kevin Awino and Proscovia Alako, who previously opened for Uganda during the December qualifiers, struggled to capitalize on the power play opportunities.

Consequently, Kevin was moved down the batting order to number 6, while Proscovia is currently not part of the squad in India.

Despite the efforts made during trial games against Under 19 boys, the adjustment in the batting pair has yet to yield significant results.

Perhaps this is due to Iloku Esther, a traditional opener, still finding her rhythm, and Nakisuyi adjusting to facing the new ball as she was previously batting at number six.

In today’s match, Iloku Esther scored 27 runs off 37 balls, while Nakisuyi contributed 11 runs off 28 balls.

Rita Musamali continued her impressive form from December, anchoring the innings with 34 runs off 29 balls, a noteworthy performance given Uganda’s struggle to reach a century mark in the December qualifiers.

On the bowling front, Evelyn Anyipo showcased commendable skill, securing 2 wickets for just 13 runs in her allotted 3 overs.

Additionally, Malisa Ariokot and Janet Mbabazi each made crucial breakthroughs, claiming 2 wickets apiece.

Despite Uganda’s efforts, Omtex ICWC SR managed to chase down the target even though Uganda pushed the game deep into the 20th over.

As they prepare to face Zimbabwe tomorrow, the Pearls must regroup and address their challenges, especially considering Zimbabwe’s commanding victory in their previous encounter, where they secured a 6-wicket win against the Victoria Pearls.

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