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Botswana dream run continues into final as they stun Sierra Leone

GABORONE: Botswana’s dream run at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifier continued, as they defeated Sierra Leone by 17 runs in their semi-final.

The win means they have now qualified for the Division One Qualifier along with unbeaten Kenya, who cruised to victory over Cameroon. But it was Botswana’s effort that drew the plaudits in Gaborone, as they benefitted from a terrible bowling display from Sierra Leone.

There were 51 extras, including 42 wides, as Sierra Leone lost their discipline with the ball. Florence Samanyika (22), Amantle Mokgotlhe (17) and Laura Mophakedi (14) all got starts, but wickets kept falling for the home side.

Three run-outs showed that Botswana themselves were under pressure, but the extras lifted them to 131 for seven. In response, Sierra Leone also had starts from Ann -Marie Kamara (21) and Marie Turay (16), but one of them had to bat through to see them home.

The other crucial factor was Botswana’s discipline with the ball, giving away just five wides and four no-balls. That ultimately saw Botswana victorious by 17 runs, prompting wild celebrations.

Kenya, meanwhile, kept their imperious charge going, even as their run-machine Queentor Abel finally had an off day against Cameroon. Skipper Esther Wachira notched 51, while Venasa Adhiambo’s run-a-ball 32 and Melvin Khagoitsa’s breezy 28 not out saw them rush to 156 for five.

Abel might have missed out on runs, but she helped herself to five wickets for as many runs, as she tore through the top-order. Cameroon were rolled over for just 38 in 14.4 overs, as the tournament favourites stormed into the final.

Wednesday’s results mean that Kenya and Botswana now join the top six teams for Africa Qualifier that will be held in Entebbe, Uganda in December.

Sierra Leone v Botswana

Botswana 131 for 7 in 20 overs

(Florence Samanyika 22, Amantle Mokgotlhe 17; Alice Fillie two for 25, Ann-Marie Monica Kamara one for 24)

Sierra Leone 114 for 4 in 20 overs

(Emma Kamara 25, Ann-Marie Monica Kamara 21; Shameelah Mosweu one for 14, Gaobilwe Matome one for 18)

Botswana won by 17 runs

Kenya v Cameroon

Kenya 156 for 5 in 20 overs

(Esther Wachira Wangare 51, Venasa Ooko Adhiambo 32, Melvin Khagoitsa 28; Bernadette Aboui Mbida two for 20,)

Cameroon 38 all out in 14.4 overs

(Olive Princesse Ranedoumoun 11; Queentor Abel five for 5, Mary Mwangi two for 4, Esther Wachira two for 5)

Kenya won by 118 runs

 

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