The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) celebrates as they passed two decades of Ladies Cricket in Uganda. The celebration took place with a special game between the Legends and the Millennials.
The ladies’ game began in Uganda in 2001 when the first ladies’ team made it to Tour Dar es Salaam. It has developed in leaps and bounds since then. That tour paved the way for the women’s game to compete on an international level. It showcased Ugandan talent.
The Victoria Pearls have changed their name from the Lady Cricket Cranes to the Victoria Pearls during the last two decades. They strived to make an impact on the international stage.
The moments that lead up to the UCA celebration
In 2017, Victoria Pearls had their moment in the spotlight. That was when they defeated Zimbabwe in the African championship. They also qualified for the 2018 Global Qualifiers in the Netherlands. It was the first time a Ugandan team has qualified for competition outside of Africa at that time.
Christine Aryemo, Stella Atim, Marble Kunihira, Flavia Laker, Rita Nyagendo, Scovia Akello, Franklin Najjumba, Carol Namugenyi, Barbara Mukankusi, and Gertrude Chandiru have all played for the Victoria Pearls over the years.
They used the theme “Using Sports to Stop Young Pregnancy and Community Stigmatization.” The ladies used the two-decade celebration to reach out to vulnerable teenage mothers in the community.
Sprouting Youth and Women Initiative provided life skills classes such as briquette making and soap making to the young moms who are cared for by Reborn Minds. They also received sanitary pads from Shuya Pads.
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The Uganda Cricket Association celebration day conclusion
The UCA capped off the day with a cricket match between the legends and the Millennials, with the latter winning by four wickets.
Stella Atim, Felicia Tukei, Barbara Mukankusi, Rita Nyagendo, Carol Namugenyi, Franklin Najjumba, Gertrude Chandiru, and Naomi Kayondo played for the Legends squad in an intense competition.