In a resounding start to their Global Qualifiers campaign, Victoria Pearls displayed dominance with a convincing six-wicket triumph over East African counterparts, Rwanda, at the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe.
Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Uganda faced an early onslaught as Marvielle Uswase with 35 runs took on Evelyn Anyipo in the second over. However, quick thinking from Consy Aweko shifted the momentum when she entered the attack, applying the brakes on Rwanda’s scoring.
Lorna Anyait and Janet Mbabazi then orchestrated a formidable eight-over spell, conceding only 27 runs. Mbabazi, in particular, made a significant impact by claiming 3 wickets for just 14 runs.
Despite a promising start with Rwanda reaching 49/0 within the first 10 overs, they faltered in capitalizing on the foundation laid, concluding their innings at 87/7 in the allotted 20 overs.
During the chase, Proscovia Alako exited early due to an injury. However, Janet Mbabazi (31) steadily contributed to the total, supported by Kevin Awino (11). Although Stephanie Nampiina faced a setback, Rita Musamali (30) aggressively approached the game, ensuring there was no repeat of past disappointments, particularly in the Kwibuka final.
Uganda effortlessly secured victory in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
In the same group, Nigeria pushed Namibia to the limit, with the Namibians managing to hold on for a narrow 9-run win.
Uganda is set to face Namibia on Tuesday, while Nigeria will square off against Rwanda in what promises to be an exciting encounter. The Victoria Pearls have set a strong tone in their pursuit of a coveted spot in the Global Qualifiers.