UK ladies cricket team to tour Kenya

Friday September 22 2017

Ruth  Achondo (left)  of  Kenya XI   and team mate Flavia Atieno train at Sir Ali Muslim Club on August 26, 2017 ahead of their  East Africa Regional T20 cricket tournament. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Ruth Achondo (left) of Kenya XI and team mate Flavia Atieno train at Sir Ali Muslim Club on August 26, 2017 ahead of their East Africa Regional T20 cricket tournament. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By RICHARD MWANGI
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The United Kingdom Armed Forces (UKAF) ladies cricket team will arrive in the country on Sunday for a 16-day tour of the country.

The tourists will play a series of Twenty20 and 40 overs friendly matches against a select Kenya side to sensitise women against domestic violence under their banner of ‘Bowling Out Domestic Violence Campaign’.

The visitors will play their opening game of the tour, a Twenty20 game on Monday, against Kenya’s Women’s cricket team at the Sir Ali Muslim Club.

The tour is good for the country especially coming just a few days after the Dutch cricket governing body requested the International Cricket Council to move their two World Cricket League games against Kenya from Nairobi to East London, South Africa, due to security fears.

Kenya’s national women’s cricket team players are in good form after taking part in the ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier in Windhoek, Namibia.

However, poor batting in Namibia denied them a chance to face Zimbabwe in the event finals when they lost to Uganda by five wickets in a thrilling second and third place play-offs.

The team manager, Lydia Kaparo, on Friday said: “I am hopeful that the girls who competed in Namibia will be released by their respective employers to compete against the visitors.”

“We have been away for three weeks. Letters have been sent to various employers to release the girls.”

Kenya has a small pool of women cricket players.