Victoria Pearls (Uganda women’s national cricket team) star Janet Mbabazi is among the three nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award.
The other two women’s category nominees for the month of April gong are; Australia’s Alyssa Healy and England’s Nat Sciver.
For Mbabazi, the all-rounder was in sizzling form during the T20I tri-series between Uganda, Namibia and Zimbabwe in Windhoek.
She ended the series as the leading wicket-taker, while also chipping in with some vital runs. In six matches, Mbabazi scalped 11 wickets at 7.81 and a miserly economy of 5.60. She registered her best figures of 4/12 in an encounter against Zimbabwe.
Apart from her heroics with the ball, Mbabazi also ended the series as the fifth-highest run-scorer. She notched up 118 runs at an average of 29.50 and a strike-rate of 73.75, with a best of 42* against Zimbabwe.
Though Uganda failed to win a single contest, her performances were a real positive.
***Australia’s Healy played only one match in April, but it proved to be a historic one for Australia. In the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup Final against England, Healy was at her sublime best.
She played a mammoth knock of 170 off 138 deliveries, which is the highest score by a batter in a World Cup final. She also established two crucial partnerships of 160 and 156 respectively with Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney. Her effort helped Australia set England a target of 357 in Christchurch.
Australia would end up restricting England to 285 to win the match by 71 runs and lift their seventh ODI World Cup title.
***England’s Sciver gained plenty of plaudits for her heroic effort at 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup Final, which kept England in the fight. While losing wickets at the other end chasing a massive target, Sciver went hell for leather, playing some brilliant shots.
The all-rounder notched up a score of 148 in only 121 deliveries, a knock comprised of 15 fours and a six. This was the third-highest score in a World Cup final.
Her knock helped England post a respectable score of 285 in their chase of 357, and though it was not enough to stop a brilliant Australian unit, Sciver’s stock rose ever higher.
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