Allround performance from skipper Linda Bull helped Sierra Leone register their first win of the tournament, defeating Cameroon by six wickets on Wednesday (September 15).
Opting to bat first, Madaleine Sissako and Bernadette Mbida provided a steady start for Cameroon. Together, they added 24 runs for the first wicket before the latter got out to Fatu Pessima for 11 runs from 18 balls. Sierra Leone bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals, making it difficult for Sissako to build a partnership.
She got out to 21 runs from 23 balls to Ramatu Kassim, and that induced a collapse. From 44 for four, Cameroon went down to 59 for eight. They eventually finished with 76 for nine in 20 overs. Bull took three wickets for 11 runs in her four overs.
Searching for their first victory in the tournament, Sierra Leone openers Aminata Kamara and Marie Turay added 31 runs for the first wicket. Aminata got out for a 15-ball 16, and Turay and Pessima followed her back to the pavilion. However, skipper Bull and Adama Kamara stuck together, forging a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Bull got out to Michele Ekani for 17 runs from 21 balls, but Sierra Leone got across the line in 14.3 overs. Ekani was the pick of the bowler for Cameroon, taking three wickets for 12 runs
Cameroon - 76/9 in 20 overs (Madaleine Sissako 21; Linda Bull 3/11) lost to Sierra Leone - 77/4 n 14.3 overs (Linda Bull 17; Michele Ekani 3/12) by six wickets.