The 3rd edition of the Africa Cricket Association’s (ACA) elite women’s cricket academy program is set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa between 8th and 13th of February at the Willowmore Park Stadium in Benoni.
Kenya will be represented by three ladies namely; Emily Ruto, Sharon Juma and Daisy Wairimu. The ladies were picked based on their performances in the two Twenty20 tournaments held in December last year, this being the Ladies U19 Africa Championship in Kampala, Uganda where Daisy Wairimu was voted the Most Valuable Player and the ICC Africa Women’s World Cup Qualifier held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, that both Ruto and Juma were part of.
The Kenyan ladies will be amongst a group of 18 players from different countries in Africa. Ruto is the Women’s team captain since 2009 with 23 caps for the National team, while Juma with 18 caps is the ladies team wicket-keeper and youngster Wairimu capped three times is the other representatives from the girls’ squad.
Ruto is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Electrical Engineering while Juma is studying Media Technology at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and Wairimu is a student at Eastmore Girl’s School in Nakuru.
The trainings at the Academy will be conducted by Feizal Kimmie, the Senior Development Officer for the ICC in Africa. He will be accompanied by an assistant coach Ephraim Nyawo of the Eastern Cricket Academy. Amongst the presenters will be Jolene Campher, an expert in Sport Vision & Wicket Keeping; Jody Martin, a level 3 coach and a Meta coach in Cricket Psychology as well as Chrissie Bakker, a Human Movement Specialist.