KENYA LADIES’ CRICKET LEAGUE SET TO BEGIN

Kenya Ladies Cricket team players in a past League match. Credits: Jonah Onyango/The Standard

The Kenya Ladies’ Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) League is set to bowl off this Saturday, 24th July and run for the next six weeks.

The last time the Ladies took part in the League was in August 2019.

The League has four teams, namely: Lenana Panthers, Kibo Divas, Batian Stars and Nelion Knights who’ll play two T – 20 matches against each other every Saturday. Sylvia Kinyua, Esther Wachira, national team skipper Margaret Banja and Queentor Abel will captain the teams respectively.

The Kenya Ladies team head coach Lameck Ngoche is elated at the idea and says that it has been a long time coming. “I have always been advocating for the Ladies to have their own League to run concurrently with the men’s since I begun working with them in 2012. This will be a good place to start and I hope that they will move on to play 50 – over Cricket in order for them to learn to apply themselves better from their training sessions, “states Ngoche.

The team is on a high after the National Women’s side won the 27th edition of the Kwibuka Women’s tournament by beating favourites Namibia in Kigali, Rwanda on 12th June 2021. This was their fourth win since the competition begun.

The Ladies are excited about the commencement of the League that features girls from Nairobi and Nakuru.

Former national team skipper Sylvia Kinyua is hoping that they can attract sponsors in order to expand the League. “I’m grateful that NPCA gave us a Saturday slot so that we can attract our own audience and showcase our talent. My only hope is that it will get the funding it deserves from potential sponsors to run throughout and incorporate upcoming players outside Nairobi and Nakuru. This will also give selectors a wide scope to choose from for upcoming tournaments. In the meantime, we shall make the most of this opportunity and enjoy each and every match.” says Kinyua.

Nelion Knights skipper, Queentor Abel says that the League is a positive. “We can’t wait to start. It has been two years since we last played in the League and even then, it was just one Women’s representative team (Stray Impalas) playing against men in the lower division of larger NPCA League,” Abel says.

She is ready to get back to the pitch after recovering from the leg niggle she picked during the Kwibuka tournament.

Cricket Kenya Coach Peter Ongondo is confident that the League will pull through competitively to the end. “In the four teams, we have picked players who do not attend boarding school and since we will be playing over the weekends, I am confident that we can maintain the standard to the end.” states Ongondo.

The Ladies will play their week one fixtures at the Jamhuri High School grounds with the Lenana Panthers facing the Batian Stars while Kibo Divas take on Nelion Knights later in the day.

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