For the second time in 2011, Uganda have been crowned Africa T20 champions. This comes after the Ugandan ladies emulated their male counterparts by beating Nigeria by nine wickets in their final game of the just concluded ICC Africa T20 tournament at Lugogo cricket oval.

Coming into this game, the contenders had been reduced to two after Namibia who lost to Kenya by 18 runs at Lugogo in the

morning fell out of the running. Tanzania had beaten Sierra Leone by 141 runs at Kyambogo to stay in the running.

The Ugandan ladies went into their final game knowing that only a huge victory over Nigeria would guarantee them the trophy. Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat but could not keep up with Uganda’s bowling as they were reduced to 33 for eight inside their allotted 20 overs.

Uganda chased this for the loss of one wicket putting on 34 for one. Barbara Mukankusi the captain and opener put on 14 runs not out off 21 balls. This was her second not out of the tournament. Carol Namugenyi her partner had 13 off 16 before debutant Keviv Apio finished the game off with one run.

“Every team came to compete and that unfortunate one run loss to Namibia was a wakeup call to us. After that, we treated every game like a final and that led us to this victory” said a delighted Mukankusi.

Uganda  and Tanzania both finished on eight points in five games but Uganda won because of a superior Net Run Rate of 2.814 compared to Tanzania’s 2.264. Next on the table were Namiba and Kenya who both finished on six points but Namibia finished third above Kenya  who finished fourth because of  a better Net Run Rate. Nigeria was fifth followed by Sierra Leone who finished bottom with zero points.

“We have learnt a lot in this tournament. In Nigeria, we don’t even play on a grass wicket. We use hard surface and it was challenging to adapt and play against teams that have done that for long but we won one game and will build on from there” said the Nigerian captain Adegboyega  Azezat.

Iddi Monica Pascal from Tanzania finished top of the batting table with 159 runs in five innings. Tanzania also had the top bowler in Mgoa Hawa Salum who took 11 wickets in 19 overs. Fielder of the tournament was Uganda’s Franklyn Najjumba who had six run outs.

This tournament was used as a ranking tournament by the ICC and puts Uganda in the driving seat.

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