Debutant Mount Laverna defeated Ruaraka High School by 12 runs in the battle of the Cricket Kenya Secondary Schools League’s new teams at the Ruaraka Sports Club.
In other match played at the same venue defending champions City Park Girls Center made their intention known when they crushed former champions Kenya High by 41 runs. Batting first in the first low scoring match of the day, Laverna posted 59 in 12 a total that Ruaraka failed to reach as they folded in 13 overs with 47 runs on board.
Low Scoring Battles:
Sharon Akoth was the top scorer for the victors with unbeaten 16 off 13 balls. Dorothy Astiva was the top bowler for Ruaraka with 4 wickets for 17 runs in four overs. Lucy Akinyi and Yvonne Atieno both picked two wickets.
Evelyn Ndolo, made a goods start on her first competitive cricket match and lead from the front in restricting Ruaraka in their chase.
Her bowling saw them dominate the match that otherwise looked for poised to go Ruaraka’s way from the start.
Ndolo was aided by Zoe Angela as she picked two vital wickets in the first two overs of the inning.
Angela got three wickets for 15 runs with Kaparo Lydia revenging her four balls two with two wickets.
Former Champs Drowned:
Kenya High fielding a totally different side from the side that lost in last year's finals had were not able to revenge their loss to City Park side as they could only manage 24 in their chase of 66. Caroline Kamau was their main destroyer with a very good start that saw her finish with 3 for 10. However it was Faith Akinyi who did all the damages as he cleared the middle order with three vital wickets. Irene Muthoni was also instrumental with two wickets for four runs in one over.
Kibukosya fall in the Rift
In Nakuru, hosts Rift Valley XI had a good maiden appearance when they beat Nairobi's Peter Kibukosya by 43 runs. Put on 94 for victory, Kibukosya found the going tough as they managed 50 runs, thanks to four run outs in their inning.
Jackline Atieno was the top scorer for the hosts with 11 runs. Esther Wangu bagged two wickets for 29 for the visitors.
Opener Jane Achieng scored 11 runs but that was not enough to help her otherwise sinking ship. Mary Wambui was the star bowler for Rift Valley with four wickets for eight runs.
Caroline Nyambura and Ruth Kiru picked two wickets each.