June 5, 2010

Uganda

Battle of the sexes in Uganda

Siddhartha Talya

Ugandan women continue to assert their presence in their country’s cricketing circuit. On May 8, six of them took the field with the Abagurusi (elders or veterans) and made such an impression in a close contest that more will feature in a second game at Kyambogo Oval in Kampala on June 5. Mackenzie Ayato, Christine Aryemo, Maureen Asaba, Trudi Namuloondo, Consy Aweko and Gloria Adubu will don the whites in a repeat of the extravaganza.

The Ugandan women’s cricket league is set to begin on June 12 and the teams are undergoing a rigorous routine, also preparing for the regional Under-19s in September and the World Cup Qualifiers in Nairobi in December.

It is also understood that magazine African Woman has commissioned a special feature about the women for its November issue.

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Posted by colin macbeth on (November 4, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

Last minute thrills in ladies' league The Uganda women's cricket league season ended on a high note when Gayaza had Tornado in a pickle on 16 for 5, chasing just 36 to win. But in a low-scoring 25-over encounter at Kyambogo Oval, out of the blue came Sharon Oroma to score 14 not out in a five-wicket victory for Tornado.The 'Stormers' finished second in the league, a point behind Africa Cricket Club (ACC) and three ahead of Jinja CC, formerly 'Amazons'. All three sides won seven games and lost three. Gayaza - in particular super-fit strike bowler and Tusker Project Fame contestant Trudy Namulondo, with three for 19 off five overs - may have thought their luck was in when Franklyn Najjumba, Flavia Nawenja, Scovia Akello and Isabella Kabugho were back in the hutch with barely a dozen runs on the board; but cometh the moment, cometh the woman - and it was the unlikely Oroma, 18, who valiantly set about the bowling to create the winning score. A fitting end to a super season!

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