The migingo derby played at the Old Harare Sports Club lived up to the hype as Uganda edged neighbors Kenya by 5 runs.

Both Kenya and Uganda were playing for pride after both sides lost to run away leaders Namibia to effectively miss out the Sunday final and a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Uganda won the toss and chose to bat first. The Lady Cricket Cranes got off to a slow start as they failed to deal with the slow bowlers Kenya deployed. The early loss of Rachel Ntono and Naomi Kayondo didn’t help matters as Uganda stumbled to 29/2 in 10 overs.

Only the entrance of Immaculate Nakisuyi (30) changed the game in favour of Uganda as she took the initiative to the Kenyans. Her effort was complimented by Rita Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina to help Uganda post 100/5 in 20 overs.

Uganda chose to use its slow bowlers in defence of their total which worked briefly but could not hold it for so long. After six overs, the Kenyans stepped on the gas and started letting loose led by Veronica Abuga (27) and Sylvia Kinyua (40).

However, when Consy Aweko broke the opening partnership the asking rate started to go high and this led to a panic in the Kenyan camp.

And with 7 runs needed off the final six balls Consy Aweko held her nerve to pick up three wickets in succession off the over to pick a hat trick and win the game for Uganda.

The win over old enemy Kenya was bitter sweet as Namibia was able to defeated Sierra Leone by 10 wickets and clinch top spot in Group B and therefore earn themselves a place in the final.

Uganda finish second in Group B and will have to wait another 2 years for a chance to try and qualify for the World Cup.

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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