CricketICC Women T20 Africa World Cup QualifiersVictoria Pearls

ICCWWCAQ: Victoria Pearls secure semifinal berth with convincing win over Namibia

Uganda in the game against Namibia.

Results 12th December 2023


20.0 /20 overs

10.3 /10 overs (revised target 46)

Winner: Nigeria won by 3 runs (D/L)


19.5 /20 overs

18.4 /20 overs

Winner: Uganda won by 4 Wickets

The Victoria Pearls displayed sheer dominance, securing their coveted place in the semifinals after a commanding four-wicket victory against Namibia.

The fiercely contested match, staged at the Entebbe Cricket Oval in the afternoon, saw the Pearls capitalize on their previous encounter’s success against Namibia.

Despite a delayed start due to rain, the Pearls showcased remarkable bowling prowess, led by Anyait Lorna, who made an impactful entry with a wicket off her very first delivery. Lorna’s exceptional performance fetched her three crucial wickets for the Pearls.

Captain Consylate Aweko also shone brightly, claiming a significant three-wicket haul, supported by Evelyn Anyipo, Janet Mbabazi, and Rita Musamali, each contributing with a solitary wicket. The Namibian batting lineup struggled against the Pearls’ attack, managing only 92 runs, bundled up in 19.5 overs.

While Uganda faced early setbacks during their chase, their composed approach aided in securing the desired outcome. Alongside Captain Aweko, Malisa Ariokot, who marked her debut in the senior women’s team, contributed a steady 10 runs off 12 deliveries.

Despite clinching a semifinal spot, Uganda’s quest for the top position demands a victory against Nigeria on Thursday to maintain their lead in the standings and face the second-placed team in group A.

In the post-match presentation, Namibian captain Irene Van Zyl attributed their defeat to the unpredictable nature of cricket, emphasizing the team’s fighting spirit and optimism for the upcoming challenge against Rwanda.

Captain Consylate Aweko Nimungu, deservedly crowned the player of the match, expressed elation over defeating a higher-ranked team, highlighting the momentum gained for the remaining crucial encounters in the tournament.

Consy Aweko receiving her player of match award.

Aweko acknowledged the initial struggle but lauded the team’s goal of restricting Namibia to under 100 runs, which was executed successfully.

Reflecting on the match, Lawrence Ssempija, the assistant coach for the Pearls, highlighted the strategic shift in bowling tactics due to the wet outfield, leading to the decision to bowl first against Namibia.

He emphasized the team’s focused ambition to maintain their table-topping position, aiming for a victory against Nigeria to cement their place in the semifinals.

With unwavering determination, the Victoria Pearls remain steadfast in their pursuit, aiming to conquer every challenge in their path, staying on course to claim the top spot and execute their strategic plan flawlessly heading into the latter stages of the tournament.


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Venue: Entebbe Cricket Oval

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