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Ayato keeps Team Uganda on track

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 12:49 PM


Ayato keeps Team Uganda on track
Ayato Mackenzie rode on her luck to help Uganda upset Tanzania by 3 wickets in a tense Women's T20 match held at Lugogo Cricket Oval on Sunday 18th December 2011.

Team Uganda was still hurting after losing to Namibia by one run on Saturday and their title hopes were hanging by a thread when they engaged unbeaten Tanzania.

The Uganda women played with a lot of heart and never disappointed with the partisan fans cheering on.
Ayato injured her knee in the field, got off for first aid but returned to chip in with impressive figures of 1 for 8 in 4 overs as Tanzania set 75 for 5. From 14 for no loss in 3.3 overs, the wheels came off Uganda's innings at 41 for 7. Lugogo had been stunned into silence but Ayato had other ideas.

The 24-year-old Ayato was dropped twice by 11-year-old Ammi Mwanaidi at silly mid off - first on zero and 21. Batting literally on one leg, Ayato finished unbeaten on 23 with Christine Aryemo (17*) perfectly playing the anchor role.

"That was a great comeback," said Coach Martin Suji in a relieved tone. "We have to stay calm and the batters must play straight. The bowlers have now noticed the importance of not bowling wide balls. This will lift the mood in camp," said the Kenyan coach, who gave a maiden cap to birthday girl Miriam Lumonya, who made 23 yesterday.


Elsewhere, Namibia continued their brilliant form in the Tournament with a win against a Nigerian team which has picked up just 2 points so far in the tournament.

Sierra Leone continued with their poor form in the Tournament with another dismal performance against Kenya at Lugogo Cricket Oval. After posting a low total of 49 runs, Kenya made easy work of the chase getting home in just 6.1 overs.

Brief scores:

At Lugogo Cricket Oval (Morning): Sierra Leone 49-10, 19.3 overs (Johnson Sarah 7 not out; Adhiambo Mercyline 3-4, Maska Belinda 2-4)
Kenya 52-0, 6.1 overs (Banja Margaret 23 not out, Bhakita Sarah 23 not out; Aminata Kamara 0-21)
Kenya won by ten wickets

At Lugogo Cricket Oval (Afternoon): Tanzania 75-5, 20 overs (Mwanaidi, Ibrahim Shakim 19; Iddi, Monica Pascal 12, Ayato Mackenzie 1-8)
Uganda 76-7, 15.4 overs (Ayato Mackenzie 23; Christine Aryemo 17; Wallace, Esther Mika 2-11)
Uganda won by 3 wickets


At Kyambogo: Namibia 127-6, 20 overs (Wittman Sune 27; Van Schoor Anneri 25, Awonusi, Seun 2-38)
Nigeria 48-10, 15.2 overs (Etim Blessing 16; Wittman Sune 3-8)
Namibia won by 79 runs.


PEPSI ICC AFRICA WOMEN'S T20 TOURNAMENT 2011 (as of 18th December 2011)
Team Uganda was still hurting after losing to Namibia by one run on Saturday and their title hopes were hanging by a thread when they engaged unbeaten Tanzania.

The Uganda women played with a lot of heart and never disappointed with the partisan fans cheering on.
Ayato injured her knee in the field, got off for first aid but returned to chip in with impressive figures of 1 for 8 in 4 overs as Tanzania set 75 for 5. From 14 for no loss in 3.3 overs, the wheels came off Uganda's innings at 41 for 7. Lugogo had been stunned into silence but Ayato had other ideas.

The 24-year-old Ayato was dropped twice by 11-year-old Ammi Mwanaidi at silly mid off - first on zero and 21. Batting literally on one leg, Ayato finished unbeaten on 23 with Christine Aryemo (17*) perfectly playing the anchor role.

"That was a great comeback," said Coach Martin Suji in a relieved tone. "We have to stay calm and the batters must play straight. The bowlers have now noticed the importance of not bowling wide balls. This will lift the mood in camp," said the Kenyan coach, who gave a maiden cap to birthday girl Miriam Lumonya, who made 23 yesterday.


Elsewhere, Namibia continued their brilliant form in the Tournament with a win against a Nigerian team which has picked up just 2 points so far in the tournament.

Sierra Leone continued with their poor form in the Tournament with another dismal performance against Kenya at Lugogo Cricket Oval. After posting a low total of 49 runs, Kenya made easy work of the chase getting home in just 6.1 overs.

Brief scores:

At Lugogo Cricket Oval (Morning): Sierra Leone 49-10, 19.3 overs (Johnson Sarah 7 not out; Adhiambo Mercyline 3-4, Maska Belinda 2-4)
Kenya 52-0, 6.1 overs (Banja Margaret 23 not out, Bhakita Sarah 23 not out; Aminata Kamara 0-21)
Kenya won by ten wickets

At Lugogo Cricket Oval (Afternoon): Tanzania 75-5, 20 overs (Mwanaidi, Ibrahim Shakim 19; Iddi, Monica Pascal 12, Ayato Mackenzie 1-8)
Uganda 76-7, 15.4 overs (Ayato Mackenzie 23; Christine Aryemo 17; Wallace, Esther Mika 2-11)
Uganda won by 3 wickets


At Kyambogo: Namibia 127-6, 20 overs (Wittman Sune 27; Van Schoor Anneri 25, Awonusi, Seun 2-38)
Nigeria 48-10, 15.2 overs (Etim Blessing 16; Wittman Sune 3-8)
Namibia won by 79 runs.


PEPSI ICC AFRICA WOMEN'S T20 TOURNAMENT 2011 (as of 18th December 2011)


 PWLTNPtsNRRForAgainst
UGANDA3210042.973281/45.5159/50.0
KENYA3210042.751186/31.1193/60.0
NAMIBIA3210041.480269/50.0195/50.0
TANZANIA321004-0.073278/60.0262/55.4
NIGERIA312002-3.401197/69.1218/35.0
SIERRA LEONE303000-4.678134/50.0260/35.2

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