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Cream rising to the top in ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier

GABORONE: Uganda and Namibia confirmed their spots in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in Gaborone on Tuesday. 

Uganda overwhelmed hosts Botswana by 143 runs, to make it three wins in a row. Alako Proscovia’s 93 was the cornerstone of Uganda’s total of 181 for three. She enjoyed a partnership of 150 with opener Jimia Muhamed.

In response, Botswana was restricted to just 38 for eight in 20 overs, thanks to tight bowling and fielding from the impressive Uganda side. Kevin Amuge’s four for just 2 runs in four overs was exemplary.

Namibia, meanwhile, defeated Sierra Leone by 56 runs, to also book their slot in the final stages. Mekelaye Mwatile (41) and Engela van der Merwe (30) shared a stand of 67 upfront, to send Namibia on their way to 151 for five.

Sierra Leone battled gamely to 96, but they fell 56 runs short. Naomi Benjamin broke the back of their challenge with four for 13 in her fine spell of new-ball bowling.

Rwanda made it three wins in a row in Group A, as they marched on impressively. Their 145-run defeat of Malawi was centred on Henriette Ishimwe’s 71 from 49 balls, while Gisele Ishimwe’s 43 set the tone upfront. Malawi also leaked 30 extras, to see the total swell to 187 for five.

In response, Malawi was blown away for just 42.

In the final game of the day, Nigeria made light work of Mozambique. They bundled out the youngsters for 42, a total which was aided by 22 extras on the board. Peculiar Agboya took three for 9, while Lillian Ude helped herself to three for 6 in her spell of four overs.

The target of 47 was reached in just four and a half overs, with Agboya adding 25 not out to her three wickets.

With Tanzania and Rwanda in action today against Malawi and Mozambique respectively, both can seal passage to the semis, with the group then being decided on Friday when both clash in what promises to be the most exciting fixture of the competition so far.  That will then determine who meets Uganda and Namibia in the knockout stage.

Scores in brief:

Uganda v Botswana

Uganda 181 for three in 20 overs (A Proscovia 93, J Muhamed 36)

Botswana 38 for eight in 20 overs (K Amuge four for 2)

Uganda won by 143 runs

Namibia v Sierra Leone

Namibia 151 for five in 20 overs (M Mwatile 41, E van der Merwe 30, C Fofanah three for 21)

Sierra Leone 96 for eight in 20 overs (F Kamara 21 not out, N Benjamin four for 13)

Namibia won by 56 runs

Rwanda v Malawi

Rwanda 187 for five in 20 overs (H ishimwe 71, G ishimwe 43)

Malawi 42 all out in 17 overs (H Ishimwe two for 2)

Rwanda won by 145 runs

Nigeria v Mozambique

Mozambique 46 all out (L ude three for 6, P Agboya three 9)

Nigeria 47 for one in 4.3 overs ( P Agboya 25 not out)

Nigeria won by nine wickets


Points Table:

Group A

Team Played Won Lost Tied No Result Points NRR
Tanzania 2 2 0 0 0 4 6,868
Rwanda 2 2 0 0 0 4 3,850
Malawi 2 1 1 0 0 2 -1,028
Nigeria 3 1 2 0 0 2 -2,668
Mozambique 3 0 3 0 0 0 -6,138

Group B

Team Played Won Lost Tied No Result Points NRR
Uganda 3 3 0 0 0 6 3,072
Namibia 3 2 1 0 0 4 2,995
Botswana 3 1 2 0 0 2 -4,570
Sierra Leone 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1,452



Wednesday 7th September  

9:30am (BCA 1) Malawi vs Tanzania

2:00pm (BCA 1) Mozambique vs Rwanda

Thursday 8th September Rest Day

Friday 9th September

9:30am (BCA 1) Tanzania vs Rwanda

9:30am (BCA 2) Malawi vs Nigeria

Saturday 10th September

9:30am (BCA 1) Semi Final 1

B2 vs A1

2:00pm (BCA 1) Semi Final 2

A2 vs B1

Sunday 11th September Rest Day

Monday 12th September

9:30am (BCA 1) 3rd & 4th Place Playoff

2:00pm (BCA 1) Final





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