Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First Blood to Uganda

Bad news for Kenya as Uganda take the first 20-20 game in Nairobi. Uganda won the toss and elected to field and that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game.

David Obuya opening with Maurice Ouma was the first casualty falling with only 11 on the scorecard and Uganda kept up the pressure and were rewarded with regular wickets. Once again Kenya's batting frailties came to the fore with only Ouma (26), Nehemiah Odhiambo (26) and the new cap Shem Obado (11) making it into double figures as Kenya stumbled to 88 all out in 19.4 overs.

Frank Nsubuga was the toast of the Ugandan bowling taking 3 wickets for just 8 runs while Seiga Asadu and Henry Senyondo each picked up a brace.

Roger Mukasa started the chase with a flurry scoring 25 off 19 deliveries before Hiren Varaiya had him caught by Nehemiah Odhiambo. Varaiya was the best of the Kenyan bowlers taking 2/14 and though Elijah Otieno, Lameck Onyango and Obado all chipped in with a wicket each, Uganda survived the pressure and went on to what amounted to a fairly comfortable win with 4 wickets and an over and a half in hand.

Kenya will be smarting at this defeat at the hands of neighbours who grow in confidence with every outing. Every time Uganda gets a win over Kenya it should send warning bells ringing loud in the Cricket Kenya offices. To Kenyan supporters this series should be underlining our superiority, not how narrow the gap has now become.
Hopefully the second game today will see a better outcome.

Kenya 88 (Ouma 26, Neh Odhiambo 26, Nsubuga 3/8) lost to
Uganda 89/6 (Mukasa 25, Varaiya 2/15) by 4 wickets

Uganda lead the 2 match series 1-0

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