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Victoria Pearls dominate Botswana in Kwibuka Tournament opener

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Stephanie Nampiina (L) and Rita Musamali (R) while batting for Uganda

Results for Matchday one

Rwanda Vs Cameroon

Rwanda 141/4 in 20 overs

Cameroon 39 all out in 13.1 overs

Rwanda won by 102 runs

Zimbabwe A Vs Malawi

Zimbabwe A 183/5 in 20 overs

Malawi 91/7 in 20 overs

Zimbabwe A won by 92 runs

Uganda Vs Botswana

Uganda 140/6 in 20 overs

Botswana 69/5 in 20 overs

Uganda won by 71 runs

The Victoria Pearls dominated Botswana in their opening match of the 10th Edition of the Kwibuka Women’s Tournament, showcasing a blend of strategy and skill.

Captain Janet Mbabazi won the toss and opted to bat first against a team perceived as underdogs.

This match marked a significant milestone for young Asumin Akurut, who received her first international cap for the Victoria Pearls.

Asumin while batting on her debut

Mbabazi and Immaculate Nakisuyi initially struggled to adjust to the pitch conditions, narrowly surviving several close appeals.

However, they managed to build a steady partnership, reaching 40 before Nakisuyi was dismissed.

The subsequent loss of Mbabazi caused some disruption, but a crucial 54-run partnership between Proscovia Alako (23) and Stephanie Nampiina (42) stabilized the innings, leading the Victoria Pearls to a respectable 140/6 in their 20 overs.

Botswana’s response was lackluster, with their batting lineup failing to mount a serious challenge.

Consy Aweko led the bowling attack with impressive figures of 2/4, supported by a disciplined team effort that restricted Botswana to a mere 69/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

This commanding victory was achieved with apparent ease, boosting Uganda’s morale as they look ahead to their next match against Nigeria who took a rest on match day one.

In other matches on the first day of the tournament, hosts Rwanda triumphed over debutants Cameroon with a substantial 102-run victory, while Zimbabwe A defeated Malawi by 92 runs in a South African derby.

FIXTURES FOR MATCH DAY TWO

Gahanga Main Oval

Kenya Vs Zimbabwe A (Morning 9:15 Am)

Bostwana Vs Cameroon (Afternoon 1:45 Pm)

Gahanga B

Nigeria Vs Uganda (Morning 9:45 Am)

Malawi Vs Rwanda (Afternoon 1:45 Pm)

All times are in Kigali time

Photo Credits: Ishimwe Abdoulkahal (RCA media)

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