Uganda won the Pepsi ICC Africa Women's T20 Tournament courtesy of a well deserved win against Nigeria at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Requiring only a win to lift the trophy, Uganda went out with all guns blazing. Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat first which proved to be a bad decision as they could only manage 33 runs that Uganda quickly chased down in 6.1 overs. The main undoing of the Nigerian batters was Frankline Najjumba who picked up 2 wickets and orchestrated 2 brilliant run outs. Openers Barbara Mukankusi and Carol Namugenyi who both scored double figures ensured that Uganda was home with less than half the overs gone. Oladare Adetutu picked the consolation wicket for Nigeria when she had Carol Namugenyi caught by Adupe.
At Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Tanzania which had a chance of winning the trophy went into the Match against Sierra Leone with an intent of improving on their net run rate. This was very evident as openers Iddi, Monica Pascal and Mwanaidi, Ibrahim Shakim plundered 81 runs in the first 8 overs for no loss. It reminded members of the Men's T20 Tournament held in Uganda in July. The opening bowlers were plundered all over the park with the most decent bowler turning out with figures of 1-30 in 4 overs. Both the opening batsmen failed to reach their half centuries as they all got out for 48 runs each. Tanzania eventually posted a total of 177/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
This was a very high mountain to climb for Sierra Leone which had not won any game in the tournament. They could only manage a paltry 36 runs in 14.1 Overs with no player getting to double figures.
Elsewhere, Kenya pulled off a very convincing win against the mighty Namibia at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first posting a total of 102/3 in their 20 overs, thanks to a brilliant 57 off 71 balls from Banja Margaret. Namibia got off to the worst possible start by losing their openers Liebenberg Carmin and Short Maryke in quick succession. Namibia's van Schoor, Anneri who has been brilliant throughout the tournament almost took the game away from the Kenyans with a brilliant knock of 44 off 47 runs with 2 boundaries. Namibia's dreams faded when she was bowled by Ruth Mwihaki. They were eventually dismissed with the score at 84 with 1 ball to spare.
All in all, the tournament has been a very successful one with a lot of competition being exhibited by the teams even the new entrants like Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Uganda was also blessed with good weather which ensured that no game was washed out in the 5 days.
On behalf of ICC Africa, we would like to thank Uganda for hosting this successful tournament and also to wish all the teams and officials a safe journey back to their respective Countries.
At Lugogo Cricket Oval (Morning): Kenya 102-3, 20 overs
(Banja Margaret 57; Emily Ruto 17; Liebenberg Carmin 1-11)
Namibia 84-10, 19.5 overs
(van Schoor, Anneri 44, Mercyline Adhiambo 3-14)
Kenya won by 18 runs
At Lugogo Oval (Afternoon): Uganda 34-1, 6.1 overs
(Barbara Mukankusi 14, Carol Namugenyi 13; Oladare, Adetutu 1-23)
Nigeria 33-8, 20 overs (Ayannaike, Ruth 12; Frankline Najjumba 2-9)
Uganda won by 9 wickets
At Kyambogo Oval: Tanzania 177-6, 20 overs
(Iddi, Monica Pascal 48; Mwanaidi Ibrahim Shakim 48; Aminata, Kamara 1-30)
Sierra Leone 36-10, 14.1 overs
(Mabinty, Sankoh 9; Mgoa, Hawa Salum 2-2, Ammi Swed, Mwanaidi 2-7)
Tanzania won by 141 runs.
PEPSI ICC AFRICA WOMEN'S T20 TOURNAMENT 2011 (as of 20th December 2011)