Cameroon’s Maeva Douma effects four run-outs at non-striker’s end against Uganda

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Uganda were reduced from 153 for 1 to 186 for 6 as a result

Cameroon fast bowler Maeva Douma, playing in the women’s T20 World Cup African region qualifier against Uganda in Gaborone on Sunday, got four of the opposition batters dismissed in a controversial – yet legal – mode of dismissal: run-out backing up.

With Uganda in a dominant position at 153 for 1 in 15.3 overs after opting to bat, Douma ran opening batter Kevin Awino out at the non-striker’s end. In the last ball of the same over, top scorer Rita Musamali was also dismissed in a similar manner for 59. Douma returned to dismiss two more batters – Immaculate Nakisuuyi and Janet Mbabazi – in the 20th over, reducing Uganda to 186 for 6. Uganda finished with 190 for 6 after 20 overs.

This, however, didn’t seem like much of a setback for Uganda, as they bowled Cameroon out for 35 off 14.3 overs. Concy Aweko was the pick of the bowlers as she took 3 for 4 in her four overs.

While the rare mode of dismissal is well within the laws of cricket, it has often sparked a debate regarding the spirit of cricket. But the dismissals did not seem to evoke any strong reactions from the Uganda batters on the field.

Cameroon, along with Botswana and Eswatini, are competing in an ICC event for the first time. The match against Uganda was the first one to have a T20I status. Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda are placed in Group B in the 11-team tournament, which will end on September 19. Uganda are currently leading the group table at four points, with two wins in three games.

As a result of a Cameroon player receiving a positive result on an arrival Covid-19 test on September 8, the whole squad was placed in isolation until Saturday and were re-tested.

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