Uganda XI took a 3-1 lead against Kenya XI at the close of the second day in their six-match women's Twenty20 series in Nairobi.
The tourists began with a flourish, claiming victories by 14 runs and 5 runs on the first day (Friday) at Peponi School before making it 3-0 with a two-wicket victory on Saturday. Kenya XI finally got off the mark when they won by six wickets in the later match on the second day at Ruaraka Sports Club.
Using the matches as invaluable practice ahead of next month's ICC/Africa Women's T20 Qualifier in Tanzania, both sides would seem to have more work to do on their batting ahead of the tournament.
Uganda XI appeared to start the series in disastrous fashion when they were bowled out inside 14 overs for just 92 in the opener. Despite batting throughout the full allocation of their reply, however, the hosts could only manage 78-3. Margaret Banja's 4-29 proved to be in vain as the Ugandan bowlers all kept a tight line.
Sarah Bhakita's 4-12 again put the home side in command at the midway point of the second match when Uganda XI made just 76 from their 20 overs. Once more the visiting bowlers restricted the Kenyan batsmen as they fell short of their target on 71. Gloria Adubu bowled a match-clinching penultimate over when she claimed two wickets and a run out, leaving the Kenyans needing 10 from the last over.
A change of venue saw runs a little easier to come by on day two as Kenya XI batted first in the morning game. An exciting match was won by Uganda by two wickets and just three balls to spare. Kenya XI made 106-5 thanks to Sharon Juma's 50 not out but consistent performances from the Ugandan batsmen got them home despite Pearlyne Omamo's 4-11.
Kenya XI finally got off the mark in the series when they chased down 109 in the fourth match with six wickets and five balls in hand. Scovia Akello top-scored for Uganda XI with 37 in their 108-7. A half-century fifth-wicket partnership between Bhakhita (31 not out) and Mercyline Adhiambo (28 not out) then saw the home side through.
The final two matches take place at Ruaraka Sports Club on Sunday.