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Victoria Pearls conclude successful India tour with convincing 28-run victory



Uganda 109/8 in 17 overs

Omtex ICWC 81/8 in 17 overs

Uganda won by 28 runs

The Victoria Pearls wrapped up their preparatory tour tournament in India on a triumphant note, clinching a commanding 28-run victory against the OMTEX ICWC SR team.

In a display of skill and determination, Uganda set a formidable target of 109 runs in the reduced 17 overs, led by stellar performances from Immaculate Nakisuyi, who notched up 35 runs off 35 balls, complemented by Phiona Khulume (16 off 19), Ariokot Malisa (12 off 9), and Sarah Walaza (10 off 11).

In response, the Omtex ICWC SR team struggled to chase the target, managing only 81/8 by the end of the 17th over.

Notably, Immaculate Nandera, making her debut for the Victoria Pearls, showcased a commendable performance.

She remained unbeaten with 2 runs off 4 balls and picked up a crucial wicket, conceding 13 runs with an economy rate of 4.33.

Her debut marked a promising start to her senior career.

Nandera while getting ready for her debut

Throughout the India tour, significant changes were witnessed in the team dynamics, particularly in the opening batting pair.

Iloku Esther and Gloria Obukor took turns opening alongside Nakisuyi Immaculate, replacing Kevin Awino, who was subsequently dropped down the order to number 6.

Meanwhile, Proscovia Alako missed out on the tour altogether.

Despite this, players who didn’t make the India trip remained dedicated to honing their skills under the guidance of development manager Mr. Turinawe Davis at Lugogo Cricket Oval, illustrating their commitment to improving and reclaiming their spots in the team.

Coach Turinawe Davis while coaching the girls who did not make it to the india squad

Notable among these players are Kakai Suzan, Proscovia Alako, Irene Alumo, and Malemikia Patricia.

In India, the Victoria Pearls exhibited notable improvements, particularly in their bowling and batting departments, although their fielding showed room for growth.

The team secured victories in three out of the five games played, including a historic win against the Lady Chevrons of Zimbabwe, where Gloria Obukor made headlines by becoming the first woman to score a half-century against Zimbabwe.

Gloria Obukor during the game where she scored a Half-Century against the Lady Chevrons of Zimbabwe

With their sights set on the upcoming All Africa Games in Ghana and the Global T20 World Cup Qualifiers in April, the Victoria Pearls are gearing up to compete for gold, fueled by the momentum gained from their successful tour of India.

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