Shattered World Cup Dream For Victoria Pearls

The Victoria Pearls will make their return to Uganda on Thursday from Abu Dhabi, UAE on the back of a failed campaign at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifiers after they crashed out of the competition on Wednesday.

Like in 2018 in the Netherlands- which was their inaugural appearance at the globals- the Victoria Pearls managed just one win in UAE (against USA) , proving nothing, but lack of improvement.

They wrap up the campaign with an expected defeat to Sri Lanka. Uganda lost that game by 67 runs- their third defeat in the Group and the final nail to the coffin.

What has been evident throughout the competition is the team’s inability to bat. Immaculate Nakisuyi gave a little bit of a smile to Ugandan fans with her 68 not out against USA, but for the entirety of the tournament, the fans have been treated to mediocre performances with the bat.

Barring Nakisuyi’s 68, no player managed above 40. The best anyone came close to that figure was Proscovia Alako who scored 36 against Sri Lanka and Stephanie Nampiina who got 33 against the Americans.

And just only nine times was a Ugandan able to score in double digits. The scorecards have been dominated by ducks for the Victoria Pearls. Eight Ugandans were ducked across all four games including opening batter Alako who suffered the duck twice.

They leave UAE with a total of only 290 runs scored across those four games. No one expected Uganda to go as far as the final or even progress from the group, but the manner in which they lost left a lot to be desired.

The technical team led by Lawrence Ssematimba as head coach, but also has former Cricket Cranes player Richard Okia as team analyst and Sachin Jagapta as Strength and conditioning coach will hope lessons have been learnt. As for the fans will, they will be hopeful those lessons will be acted upon.



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