By Norbert Abii
The Girls Schools Cricket Week came to a conclusion at the Lugogo Oval with a one of a kind exhilarating match that featured both Soroti schools.
Olila High School were crowned champions for the first time in the tournament’s history, beating their immediate neighbors Soroti Light SSS. Both teams fitted the bill of favorites to be crowned champions and the final showdown showed just how much hard work they put into their chances.
Semi Final One
Olila High School 95/6 In 20 Overs beat Gayaza High School 21/10 In 10.5 Overs By 74 Runs.
Man of Match: Illokur Esther
Semi-final one saw Olila High come against Gayaza High and the result only told of their hunger to go on and clinch the title.
Proscovia Alako who claimed the best batter award powered her team to a 74 run win against Gayaza with a brilliant 31 runs off and equal number of balls. Despite Joy Nakanjako’ bowling figures of 16/3 in 3 overs, Olila High managed to post a commanding 95/6 in the allotted 15 overs.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Olila from then on when they later met Soroti Light in the afternoon for an all Soroti final.
Semi Final Two
Soroti Light SS 68/4 in 15.4 Overs beat Jinja SS 67/9 in 20 Overs by 6 Wickets
Man of Match: Akello Mary.
The other semi-final saw the defending champions Jinja SSS fail to make it to the final in over five years. The dominance Jinja SSS had in the tournament was broken and for the first time in a very long time, they failed to make it to the final.
Susan Kakai (21 off 27) and her charges were stifled in the first innings with Mary Akello (23/3) and Irene Alumo (13/2) ensuring that they only managed a paltry 67 runs in 20 overs. The chase lasted all of 15.4 overs with Soroti Light securing their place in the final.
Olila High School 86/5 in 20 Overs beat Soroti Light 79/6 in 13.1 Overs by 7 runs.
Man of Match: Obukor Gloria.
Soroti Light SSS and Olila High were involved in a one of a kind match that lived to its billing as a classic derby encounter between schools that are a stone throw away from one another.
Olila got off to a flier, setting 109/5 in the first innings to test the Soroti Light resolve. Just like all derbies, fueled by passion and love for their respective schools, the game provided a lot of thrills in both innings with all the attending schools treated to a spectacle.
Gloria Obukor had a knock to remember with an unbeaten 43 off 54 balls and was ably assisted by Esther Illokur (21 off 24) enroute to the 109 they put on the board.
The beautiful game was almost ruined by the rain that thankfully only drizzled despite all the signs of a heavy downpour. A short spell on the side saw the score revised to 86 leaving Soroti Light needing another 68 runs in 11 overs at the time play resumed. This however did not deter Soroti Light as they went at the score but unfortunately fell 7 runs short.
The performances of both teams left many appreciating the hard work the Soroti Cricket Academy put into training the girls to get them thus far. For both teams to make it to the final, was a major achievement and should things stand as they are, Soroti as a region will go on to dominate ladies cricket for some time to come.
Individual Award Winners
Player of Series: Esther Illokur (Olila High) - 13 dismissals, 153 runs.
Best Bowler: Anyigo Mildred (Olila High) - 15 wickets, 1.87 economy, 28 runs in 15 overs
Best Batsman: Alako Proscovia (Olila High) 182 run in 7 innings 45.5 av & 117.4% s/r
Best Fielder: Susan Kakai (Jinja SS) 8 dismissals.
Best Wicket Keeper: Esther Illokur (Olila High) 13 dismissals