Women T20 League: Olila Cruise Past Damani

Morning game; Olila won by 7 wickets

Olila 36/3
Esther Iloku 17
Naome Amongin 12

Aziz Damani 35/1
Proscovia Alako 21 not out
Gloria Obukor 9

Afternoon game; Super Over, winner: Olila

Olila 108/6
Jimia Mohammed 30
Lorna Anyait 34

Aziz Damani 108/7
Proscovia Alako 28
Patricia Malemekia 23

Olila Cricket Club went all in in ensuring that their City rivals Soroti City amplify their chances of winning the league following the former’s double header victory against Aziz Damani on Saturday.

The student-dominated side faced off with the defending champions at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, and the side edged both ties, winning the first game by 7 wickets and making a better use of the Super Over to win the afternoon one.

The morning showers had threatened to wash out the morning game, but as soon the skies cleared, the covers were removed, and the decision was to play six Overs.

The ball got rolling, with Olila who won the toss fielding first. Proscovia Alako did score 21 runs in this innings, and Damani’s defense of their 35 runs did start on a good note, with the first wicket (Jimia Mohammed) falling with the very first ball off the bowling of Consy Aweko.

Damani picked two more wickets, and they seemed on course of picking their sixth win of the season. But; lackluster fielding in a crunch moment gave them out.

With Aweko taking charge of the final Over, the last ball arrived with Olila needing two runs off one ball. Aweko sent the ball to Naome Amongin who hit it towards sweeper covers. A catch it would’ve been, but to the detriment of the defending champions, a series of misfields happened in that moment. Olila ended up bagging four runs. The score? The Soroti side winning by 7 wickets.

Drama continued in the afternoon game which needed a Super Over to determine the winner.

Having won the toss, Yusuf Nanga’s charges went for the bat, and they put on board 108/7. Alako (28), Patricia Malemekia (23) and Gloria Obukor (12) led the hunt for the runs for Damani in this game, but Emmanuel Twijukye’s team was equally equipped to match Aziz Damani’s power.

The partnership of the top order batters in Jimia and Lorna Anyait produced 54 combined runs for Olila who took the game to the wire.

Teddy Oyella claimed 3 wickets , but as it turned out to be, not enough to overcome the Soroti side. By the time the 20th Over of the second Innings was done, the score was a tie, both teams on 108.

This meant the Super Over was inevitable, and as such, Olila continued with the batting. Malisa Ariokot and Jimia were handed the responsibility, and boy did they torment Malemekia!

Ariokot scored 12 off that Over while Jimia got 7. In total, it was 20 for Olila. Damani sent in Alako and Malemekia to counter, but this was not achieved as they managed only 3 runs.

It was a win mostly beneficial to Soroti City who now reclaim the top position. Olila stay third in the table standings while Damani are demoted to the second position.

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