KENYA WOMEN SELECT XI v UNITED KINGDOM ARMED FORCES WOMEN SELECT XI MATCH 7 REPORT (Thu 5 Oct) by Richard V Isaacs
The curtain on the hugely successful tour of Kenya by the United Kingdom Armed Forces ame with this friendliest of all friendlies at the Sikh Union Club in Nairobi on Thursday.
The details of the match are almost inconsequential – for the record, the home side won by 6 wickets – as 15 players, including tour sponsor Mark O’Reilly from Mabway and media officer Lisa Marr both put on the pads and joined the tourists on the field.
Mark and Lisa opened the batting and were hugely entertaining, especially the former who clubbed three fours in a 10-ball stay of 16.
Lisa (1), Shiv Patel (0), Kirsty Gavillet (0), Abi Bennett (0) and Georgie Cant (2) all followed in quick succession to leave the visitors 29-6 in the sixth over – Faith Mwende taking 3-12 with her off spin bowling.
Skipper Hazelle Garton and Mel Vaggers salvaged the innings with a stand of 44 in 40 balls before both retired on 25, as per the regulations of the day – Garton’s coming in 19 balls and Vaggers’ 26.
All 15 players got to the crease with Louise Worsfold, at number 10, becoming the fourth player to reach double figures with 14 while Sarah Streete (6), Ros Brown (5) and Halima Khan (3*) all added contributions in the final, rather bizarre total, of 111 for 12 …. as the opening of the report stated, the friendliest of all friendlies.
The home side came out with all guns blazing as Mary Bele and Kasmani Sibu crashed 27 in just 14 balls before the former became one of two wickets for tour manager Ros Brown (2/20).
Sibu cracked five fours in his 11-ball retired 25 and when joined by skipper Margaret Banja, the run rate soared to 11-an-over in the opening seven overs of the game – certainly taking the game considerably more seriously than the tourists.
Banja retired on 26 off 14 balls which just brought in Jane Achieng (19*) and Sharon Juma (12) who guided their side to the comfortable win in just 12 overs.
Hazelle Garton (1/13) and Mel Vaggers (1/11) took the wickets to fall but the nature of the game was very relaxed and the tour closed with both sides embracing and many friendships made – the whole point of the tour.
The United Kingdom Armed Forces Ladies would like to thank their tour sponsors Mabway – through Mark and Anne O’Reilly – in association with Opening Boundaries, represented by Halima Khan and Shivanie Patel.
The tourists leave the country with the message firmly engrained about Bowling Out Domestic Violence. It was a tour well played, a tour well-presented and a tour full of joy and pleasure.
Thank you Kenya, thank you Kenya Cricket.