Olila High School beat all odds to win their maiden local title defeating Jinja SS by 59 runs in the final of the Ladies T20 Cricket League.
On a very hectic day for both upcountry teams that hard to endure travel from Jinja and Soroti for Olila they both overcame their Kampala opponents in the semis.
Olila played Pioneer in the first semifinal defeating them by 7 wickets.
Pioneer batted first and scored a mere 60/6 in 18 Overs with MVP Queentor Abel (31) the top scorer. Kenya ladies captain Maggie Banja (22) and Rachel Ntono (17) made sure of the final for Olila knocking off the deficit.
In the second semifinal, Jinja SS defeated Wanderers by 23 runs but they had to work hard and this might have cost them energy for the final.
Jinja SS scored 100 in their 18 Overs with Rita Musamali (31) the top run getter. Gloria Adubu (21) and Agnes Abigaba (21) gave wanderers some hope but the wicket of the former led to a mini collapse eventually running out of overs at 76/8.
In the final, Jinja SS won the toss and chose to bowl first even though Olila was slow out of the blocks they managed to shift gears in the last 10 overs with Mary Banja (37) combining with Gertrude Chandiru (27) and Sarah Bhakita (21 not out) as they finished on 110/4.
Olila bowled with discipline giving nothing away as Jinja SS failed to score as freely as they would have wished. The many dots led to pressure which led to their downfall as they were all out for 51 runs.
Team Manager Felix Musana was overjoyed when we spoke to him.
This victory means a lot to us as a group. The girls now realise the value of hardworking and with this success we have 2 work harder 2 sustain the level.
The mix of school girls Gloria Obukor, Captain Joyce Mary Apio with experienced players like Chandiru, Rachel Ntono, Damalie Businge with Kenyan Internationals Maggie Banja and Sarah Bhakita helped them have a properly balanced team.
For now Ivan Kakande and his girls can enjoy a well deserved victory.