Faith Mwende’s electrifying bowling effort could not ensure a victory for the Rift Valley Hawks as they lost to Nairobi Falcons on the second day of the National Junior Girls Championships at Greensteads International School, Nakuru on Wednesday.
Mwende bagged six wickets but that was not enough to stop high riding Nairobi to their third straight win of the championships.
After electing to bat, Nairobi made 59 runs in 17 overs with Mwende conceding only five runs from her four overs. In reply, Nairobi bowlers proved to be on a tough mission when they got them out for 41 runs.
Jackline Atieno made unbeaten 12 runs off 26 balls as the rest of the team members failed to cope with Mwende’s fierce bowling.
The Nairobi’s Daima Primary School pupil got Caroline Nyambura, Mary Wambui, Jackline Adhiambo, Esther Wangare and Hellece Wangui all out for duck and Yvonne Jeiza for one.
Hannah Ngina was the only other player to get into double figures for Nairobi with 10 off 15 balls.
Saumu Swaleh, Susan Wangare and Samira Hassan were the other wicket takers for the Rift Valley Hawks.
Rift chase started on a sour note with Swaleh and Wilkister Diana all falling to run outs. Quinta Aooko who had topped the batting on day one of the event faced only six balls before she edged to the wicket keeper for a duck with the board on 19.
Jane Achieng and captain Mako Wako didn’t last longer as the two fell in quick succession to Wangare and Wambui respectively with scores on 21.
However a 12 runs stand for the ninth wicket between Janet Kipsang and Hassan got Rift Valley to 38 runs but with no wickets in their hands, Rift’s innings folded as soon as Susan Wangare was bowled by Hellece.
Wangare finished with 3 for 13 with Wambui adding on 2 for 14.
In the earlier match of the day, opener Hannah Ngina and Mary Wambui put on an opening stand of 61 to steer Nairobi to a whooping 47 runs over Coast Eaglets.
The two showed a lot of improvement from their previous match and batted for over 15 overs and eventual lead their side to a convincing total of 92 for 6.
Wambui was the top scorer with 21 off 47 balls with one boundary while Ngina made 20 off 37 balls.
The stand, the highest in the event was broken when Elizabeth Wangui uprooted Wambui off stump. Ngina fell immediately off Laura Adhiambo’s first over of the match.
Vanessa Adhiambo picked 2 for 5 to end as Coast’s best bowler.
Barbara Ambiyo was the only player to have put on some resistance with 13 of 29 balls before falling to Caroline Nyambura.
Nyambura bagged three more wickets of Rose Awuor, Vanessa Adhiambo and Laura Adhiambo to finish the figures of 4 for 4.
Wambui who got the wickets of Sharon Odera and Caroline Nduku finished with 2 for 13.