Thursday, June 08, 2006

Olwenyi Helps Uganda to Defendable Target.

Uganda decided to bat after winning the toss at the Gymkhana grounds this morning, and have set the CCA XI a total of 202 to win. If yesterday's scores are anything to go by, this could well be a winning total for the Ugandans. Unlike yesterday against Kenya A, where it was left to the middle order to get the runs, this time it was the openers who led the way for Uganda. Joel Olwenyi backed up his 18 from yesterday with a well crafted 68 before he was stumped off Pradeep Patel. Backed up by Lawrence Sematimba (25) and Hamza Saleh (37), he got Uganda off to a solid start before the boys from the coast struck back. Stewart Kayne, CCA's hero from yesterday again chipped in with the important wickets of Kenneth Kamyuka and Benjamin Musoke, but the pick of the bowling was Rashmi Gami who bowled 9 overs and conceeded only 22 runs for his 3 wickets.
CCA are in a spot of bother in their reply, again losing cheap early wickets. It is Kamyuka who has so far done the damage removing both Arazi (15) and Sanjay Patel (2). Stewart Kayne has also departed for 15 leaving CCA at 3-66 after 23. This leaves them with a required run rate of around 5 an over with 7 wickets in hand. Currently at the crease are Mohammed Fazal on 24 and Bharat Halai on 17. On a decent pitch, one would back CCA to give this a good shake from here, but on a bowler's track this will be no easy task. As I write, Halai has just fallen to Okello for 23. CCA now getting into real trouble on 4-70. Hopefully Fazal can produce something special!
Full scorecards to follow tomorrow with the final match report.

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