Zimbabwe with the trophy (Photo: Cricket Uganda)

Zimbabwe finished the Victoria Tri-Series unbeaten after defeating hosts Uganda in the final by 25 runs.

Zimbabwe came into the final with a perfect four out four record, having defeated both Uganda and Kenya twice in the round robin games.

Uganda was railing from two blows at the hands of Zimbabwe and they were hoping they could spring up a surprise in the final.

The home side won the toss and elected to field first and the opening combination of Evelyn Anyipo and Consy Aweko tried to keep the dependable opening combination of Anesu Mashangwe and Modester quiet for the first four overs but once they started picking up the singles they let loose and put on 49 for the first wicket.

Once the platform was laid, Zimbabwe was able to set a commanding 118 in 20 overs a target most of Lady Cricket Cranes fans thought was going to be a tough ask.

Immaculate Nakisuyi (Photo: John Batanudde) Credit: John Batanudde

In the chase, Rachel Ntono who was restored to her opening role let lose scoring a quick fire 25 that included 3 fours and 1 six. She together with Damalie Busingye put on an opening partnership of 38 but once Rachel was out, the chase stalled for a long until a late lower-order cameo from Immaculate Nakisuyi only made the defeat bearable.

In the end, Uganda fell short by 25 runs and for Zimbabwe, it was a show of class they were the better side by far.

Even though Kenya failed to win a single game they are so much better than they showed in Kampala and they will be a very different side in Zimbabwe next month.

All three sides will meet again at the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe next month and this series just gave Zimbabwe alot of confidence as well as alot of homework for Uganda and Kenya,

Zimbabwe also swept all the individual awards with Anesu Mashangwe taking the player of series award, her opening batting partner Modester winning the best wicketkeeper award, Ashley Ndairaya won the best fielder award while Anesu Mushangwe also picked up the best bowler award.

All the individual winners walked away with a brand new from courtesy of Hisense Uganda.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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