Kwibuka Cricket Tournament:Kenya defeat Rwanda to seal semi final spot

Written By: Bernard Okumu

Kenya beat Rwanda by 25 runs in their round robin match of this year's Kwibuka Women's Cricket Tournament at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in Kigali,Rwanda on Thursday,June 10th 2021.

 

The national women’s cricket team beat hosts Rwanda by 25 runs to wrap up its group matches of the ongoing Kwibuka  Women’s  T20 tournament at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali.

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Batting First, Kenya set a target of 129 for three wickets, on the back of twin scores 47 from openers Queentor Abel and Veronica Abuga. Rwanda closed their innings on 104 for the loss of seven wickets.

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Rwandan player prepares to bowl against Kenya.

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Queentor Abel and Veronica Abuga began in emphatic fashion lofting   drives into the offside, and both, a little unlucky to miss out on boundaries from time to time due to the slow outfield.

The two continued at a serene pace until they completed their century partnership from 16 overs.

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Veronica Abuga lost her wicket, to Henriette Ishimwe, trying to push the scoring rate, as Kenya eventually reached 129 for three, setting Rwanda 130 as their winning target.

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Rwandan player prepares to bowl during their clash against Kenya.Kenya won by 25 runs and will meet Rwanda in the semi final tomorrow.

The Rwanda run chase amounted to none as wickets from  Melvin Idambo and Queentor Abel, prevented any meaningful Rwandan batting partnerships from developing.

 

Kenya’s Queenter Abel receives her player of the match award after her stellar performance against Rwanda match.

Kenya will now face same opponents, hosts Rwanda in the a semi final tomorrow with the winner advancing to the final of the five nation tournament scheduled for Saturday .

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Kenya won against Nigeria, Botswana and lost to Namibia in its preceding round robin matches. Leaders Namibia lead the standings and are set to face either Nigeria or Botswana in the other semi final.

Irene Van Zyl, Left the Namibia National Women cricket team exchanges flags with Kenya Cricket women’s team captain Margaret Banja before their match on Wednesday.

The annual Kwibuka Tournament, first organised 2014 is held  in remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

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