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Warm-up Fixtures Key for Victoria Pearls Ahead of Global Qualifiers

The warm-up games leading up to the Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifiers yielded contrasting outcomes for the Victoria Pearls.

Their encounter with the hosts UAE resulted in a disappointing 9-wicket loss under the gleaming floodlights.

However, they showcased their true potential with an effortless victory over Vanuatu.Winning the toss in both matches, Uganda opted to bat first.

Unfortunately, their top order struggled to make a significant impact, with early dismissals becoming a recurring theme.

It was the middle order that emerged as the team’s savior, salvaging a scoring total of over 100 runs against Vanuatu and a modest 69 runs against the UAE.

Stephanie Nampiina’s consistent starts in both games provided a glimmer of hope, while Rita Musamali’s unbeaten 35 showcased her batting prowess during the win over Vanuatu.

However, under the glare of the floodlights, the team faltered, finding themselves at 5/4 within the first four overs.

It was only thanks to a valiant effort from the middle order that they managed to reach a respectable 69/9 by the end of 20 overs.

The main concern for the Victoria Pearls lies in their batting department, especially when compared to the high-scoring performances of other teams in this desert setting.

During warm-up games, Scotland and Zimbabwe both amassed over 350 runs, while the USA and Thailand, who are part of Uganda’s group, comfortably scored over 120 runs in each game.

Looking at the bowling aspect, Evelyn Anyipo displayed her class by consistently delivering hard lengths on relatively flat pitches, setting herself up as a formidable presence at the top of the order.

Sarah Walaza, on the other hand, might face challenges with her pace but could be a deceptive force if she maintains her line and length.

The bowling partners, Sarah Akiteng and Consy Aweko, have complemented each other well and are expected to continue making impactful contributions.

Janet Mbabazi and Rita Musamali will also provide valuable support to the bowling unit.

The upcoming match against Scotland holds immense importance for the Victoria Pearls, as a victory would significantly enhance their qualification chances from Group A.

With Sri Lanka emerging as the favorite in the tournament, securing at least two wins will be crucial for Uganda to secure a spot in the semifinals.

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