Cricket: Rwanda cruise, Cameroon win


By Abiodun Adewale.

Reigning champions Rwanda continued their title defence at the NCF Women’s T20i tournament in Lagos by claiming their second victory with a five-wicket victory over Sierra Leone on Wednesday, The PUNCH reports.

Having beaten Ghana in a keen contest on Tuesday, Sierra Leone came into the game with confidence and won the game’s toss. Captain Fatmata Parkinson elected to bat first, but the Ladies Patriots were restricted to 56 runs all out in 19.1 overs.

The Rwandans hardly broke a sweat in chasing the score, posting 57 runs for the loss of five wickets in 9.1 overs to bag their second win of the tournament.

The win follows up their comprehensive 117 runs win over Ghana on the opening day, when Sarah Uwera hit the first 50 of this year’s tournament.

Rwanda’s next game is another light test against Cameroon on Friday afternoon, before they try the Female Yellow Greens of hosts Nigeria for size on Saturday.

Sierra Leone now have just one win from three matches and will be fighting for a third-place play-off when they face Cameroon on Saturday.

In the second game of the day, Cameroon recorded their first ever victory at the tournament with a 39-run win over Ghana.

Cameroon won the toss and elected to bat first, and they produced a late surge to record the second highest score of the tournament so far with 95 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs.

Ghana were restricted to a total of 56 runs all out in 12.2 overs in the second innings as the Cameroonians finally made their mark.