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Uganda beats Kenya to win Africa U-19 cricket title

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th December 2014 10:46 PM

Youngster Jane Baluka was the toast of the day as she helped Uganda recover from the loss to Botswana on Monday to down unbeaten Kenya on Tuedsay morning and lift the Africa U-19 title for the third time in a row.

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By Norman Katende
 
Uganda 72/9, Kenya 22
 
(Uganda wins by 50 runs)
 
Youngster Jane Baluka was the toast of the day as she helped Uganda recover from the loss to Botswana on Monday to down unbeaten  Kenya on Tuedsay morning  and lift  the Africa U-19 title for the third time in a row.
 
The 13-year-old Baluka was in form picking four wickets for four runs in  the 2.2 overs she bowled  against the Kenyan counterparts. 
 
Baluka, who plays for Charity Cricket Club has just completed her Primary Seven at former East Kololo Primary school. Her bowling prowess  saw her join the national team to defend  the title for the second year-in-a-row.
 
With Kenya unbeaten  in the tournament and with a  better run rate of  1.937 as compared to Uganda’s 1.385, Uganda’s only  route to the title was to beat Kenya by a good margin  forcing captain Janet Mbabazi to call on the services of the youngster, whose attacks have been tight even in the league.
 
The win saw Uganda’s run rate  go to 1.609 as Kenya’s decreased to 1.0500 as both countries finished on the same number of points.
 
“She is a promising player. One of the  good bowlers we have. This is a good experience for her and we believe that she will even  fight her way into the national team,” said  Franklyn Najjumba, the Women’s Cricket Development officer at Uganda Cricket Association.
 
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