You can run, you can hide but if you are a Ugandan sports person, you can’t escape the decisive day calculator curse. This time around, its paid a visit to the women’s national cricket team as they prepare for their final game against Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon.
Yes Uganda managed to keep top spot after a seven wicket victory over Kenya on day four of the ICC Africa T20 women’s tournament at Kyambogo cricket oval. The hosts who won the toss and opted to field decimated Kenya straight from the word go.
Openers Franklyn Najjumba (3/6) and Mackenzie Ayato (1/6) made sure Kenya’s top order of Margaret Banja and opening Partner Juma Sharon plus Bakita Sarah got out empty handed as the trio were all dismissed for ducks. Concy Aweko (2/2) and Rita Nyangendo (2/7) also shortened Kenya’s spell on the crease.
Uganda managed to bowl their Eastern neighbours out for a paltry 42 which they chased for the loss of three wickets in 12.4 overs. Captain Barbara Mukankusi scored 15 off 26 runs.
Now this is the part where we all pull our dusty calculators out from wherever they were thrown after Namboole. But Uganda only needed victory against Kenya then. The problem this time around is that this is cricket and both Namibia and Tanzania who are the other front runners won their games.
In the morning at Lugogo, Tanzania (59/1) inflicted a nine wicket defeat to Nigeria (58) and Namibia (107/9) beat Sierra Leone(30) by 77 runs in the afternoon game at Kyambogo after a heavy down pour.
These victories keep Uganda top on six points but only just, as Namibia also on six are hot on their heels.
Uganda with a Net Run Rate of 2.515 need to beat Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon by a huge margin to be safe or hope that Namibia at 2.171 don’t beat Kenya by a huge margin.
As it stands, Tanzania at a Net Run Rate of 0.909 and also on six points still has a chance. But the inferior NRR to Uganda and Namibia means that Tanzania need to beat Sierra Leone by an extra ordinary margin to catch up or hope for rain to save the day.
The one advantage Uganda has is that they come into this game knowing what they need to win as the other two fixtures will have been played in the morning.
Well, may the best calculator win.