Match Summary

Uganda 143/2 (Damalie Busingye 65, Naomi Kayondo 34, Franklin Najjumba 26) Sierra Leone 53 all out (Consy Aweko 4/6, Immaculate Nakisuyi 3/14)

Uganda won by 90 runs

The Lady Cricket Cranes were able to get off to a perfect start in defence of their African title with a dominant 90-run win over Sierra Leone.

Uganda won the toss and decided to bat a decision that proved to be a good one on a flat deck.

Despite the early loss of Rachel Ntono, her opening partner Damalie Busingye was able to carry her bat anchoring the innings for Uganda with a fluid 65 not out. She got support from Naomi Kayondo (34) who together put on 76 for the second wicket and also later Franklin Najjumba (26 not out) for the 3rd wicket.

Uganda was able to set a commanding total of 143 for the loss of only two wickets.

In the chase, Uganda did not allow Sierra Leone to get going as the Lady Cricket Cranes bowlers were able to break any partnerships that looked like they would bear fruit.

The spin duo of Consy Aweko (4/6) and Immaculate Nakisuyi (3/14) combined to pick up seven wickets and ensure Uganda carries the day.

Damalie Busingye capped off a wonderful day for herself with the player of the match award for her 65 not out.

There’s no time to rest for Uganda as they take on Namibia on Monday afternoon.

Namibia defeated Uganda’s big rivals Kenya, a loss that leaves Kenya’s chances of reaching the final in tatters.

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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