(Xinhua) -- Uganda became Africa’s
Sevens Women’s Twenty20 Cricket champions after they defeated
Zimbabwe in the finals played in Namibia on Saturday.
Justine Ligyalingi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda
Cricket Association told Xinhua in an interview here that the
win means Uganda have now qualified for the next round of the
2018 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Twenty20
Uganda Lady Cranes edged Zimbabwe by three wickets in
Gertrude Candiru was the player of the match after she
chipped in with 23 runs in as many deliveries and ended with
excellent bowling figures of 3/14.
Zimbabwe who had beaten Uganda in the preliminaries battle
were first to put on 99/7 in 20, while Uganda responded to score
100/7 in 19.3 to win by 3 wickets with three balls remaining.
The teams that took part in the event included hosts Namibia,
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
As the African winners, Uganda will join winners from ICC
Europe/Americas (Scotland and Netherlands), East Asia
Pacific (Papua New Guinea) and two ICC full members (Bangladesh
and Ireland) to go through to the final qualifying tournament
for the World Cup that will be held later this year or in early
2018 at a venue yet to be announced.
The elite showpiece, 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be
hosted in the West Indies from Nov. 20-25 which will be the
sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, and the second
hosted by the West Indies (after the 2010 edition).