Victoria Pearls Qualify For Global Qualifiers

Uganda Women’s senior cricket team, the Victoria Pearls have qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifiers.

The Pearls confirmed their qualification on Saturday after beating Tanzania by 10 runs enroute to the finals of the African qualifiers currently ongoing in Entebbe.

In the second semifinal, Uganda got off to a terrible start. After losing the toss, and being asked to bat first, Tanzania obliterated the top order. Opener, Kevin Awino was ducked while Proscovia Alako and Janet Mbabazi went for four and one respectively.

After powerplay, the scoreboard read 6/3. But the Victoria Pearls were rescued by the partnership of Stephanie Nampiina and Rita Musamali who drove the score to 99.

Nampiina got run out in the penultimate Over but the pair had ticked in a decent score for the tournament hosts. With 51 to her name and Musamali’s 35 not out, Uganda had set an encouraging score.

There were scares when Tanzania began the chase. Seasoned batters Saum Mtae and former Tanzanian captain Fatuma Kibusa’s figures of 16 and 12 respectively inside the seventh Over made a good reading, but Uganda’s persistence with the spinners paid off.

In her second Over (the innings’ eighth), teenager Lorna Anyait got the breakthrough for Uganda, and it was the slogger Kibasu who was sent to the dugout.

Uganda had to wait until the 13th Over to find another wicket, but once that wicket (Monica Iddi) went, it was advantage Uganda.

Mbabazi who sent Iddi packing through Anyait’s catch made it two and three for herself in the 16th Over, but that was after Musamali and Awino had combined to run out the Tanzanian skipper Neema Pius.

Musamali then added three more, first Anisha Mohammed who she bowled in the 17th Over and successive wickets of Agnes Qwele and Shufaa Mohamadi who she picked in the penultimate Over.

Consy Aweko ensured the win is sealed with four balls to spare when she clean bowled Mwanamvua Ushanga.

The win means the Victoria Pearls make a date with Zimbabwe who they will face in the final on Sunday, but most importantly, the win secures qualifications for next year’s global qualifiers in Dubai.

Uganda and Zimbabwe will be the representatives from this region.

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