Aziz Damani Cricket Club defied all odds to triumph at the UCA T20 Women’s two-weeks tournament that reached it’s climax on Sunday evening at Kyambogo Cricket Oval.
Coached by Yusuf Nanga, Aziz Damani beat Soroti Cricket Academy Select XI by 8 runs (77/10 in 17.5 overs against 69/10) to clinch the much exciting tournament.
The eventual winners, Damani, won the toss and bat first with Veronica Abuga returning 23 runs from 35 balls while Racheal Ntono managed 15 runs off 13 balls. The duo had the highest runs in their innings.
Bowler Anna Nyapendi put 3 wickets for 12 runs in her 3 overs spell whilst Patricia Malemikia who opened the bowling, prized out 2 wickets for 5 runs in 4 overs to stifle the runs flow against Soroti.
Club coach Nanga dedicated the win to one of their top bowlers Consy Aweko who lost her mother midway through the tournament and believes that victory will help them gain momentum ahead of the upcoming events.
“We needed the victory so much as a club because it’s been two years without playing. Majority of the players were off form but we played as a team and managed to come out victorious. It’s been teamwork from day one though we have had lots of challenges,
“We lost a game against Wanderers and it was a wake-up call to all of us. This win means a lot to all of us and it helps us gain momentum for the forthcoming tournaments like the Elite league,
“So, we dedicate this win to one of our players Consy Aweko who lost a mother at the beginning of the week. The girls went in to play with a their hearts in respecting Aweko who’s one of our top bowlers and the all rounder for the team,” he stated.
For Soroti Cricket Academy, Esther Iloku had 21 runs off 33 balls as Christine Anayo claimed 11 runs off 7 balls. Anayo picked 3 wickets for 20 runs in 4 Overs with Sarah Akiteng managing 2 wickets for 8 runs in 4 overs while Achan Recheal had 2 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs.
In the semis, Aziz Damani beat Pioneer CC by 115 runs (164/3 in 20 Overs against 49/10 in 15.5 overs) in the duel held at Lugogo Cricket Oval while Soroti CA saw off Wanderers CC in Kyambogo.
T20 Individual Award winners
Player of the series – Immaculate Nakisuyi (Aziz Damani CC)
Best batsman – Proscovia Alako (Soroti Cricket Academy Select XI), 191 runs
Best Bowler – Christine Anayo ( Soroti Cricket Academy Select XI), 10 wickets