March 1, 2013

Kenya wins Cricket’s Battle of Migingo

Uganda's Captain Davis Arinaitwe Karashani
Uganda’s Captain Davis Arinaitwe Karashani

Kenya has dethroned Uganda as champions of the ICC Africa T20 tournament which ended in Kampala Friday. The Kenyan team with three professionals batted first and put on 156-5, while Uganda fought back strongly but collapsed at 137-10. One of Kenya’s senior players Charles Obuya described the victory as especially great because the Kenyan side first lost to Uganda last week before beating them this week in the final. Andrew Obanda scored a game high 64 runs, while Obuya picked 40. Although the two teams qualified to take part in the next phase of the T20 World Cup qualifiers, Uganda lost the crown they won in 2010. Obanda said beating Uganda felt great because they are a good team and were playing at home. The two teams lost once each to each other, but Kenya emerged victorious because of a superior net run. Deus Muhumuza and Lawrence Ssematimba picked 22 and 20 points for Yganda respectively. In the second game played at the Kyambogo Oval, Botswana who finished third in the tournament stopped Nigeria. Botswana scored 158-3, while the Nigerians had 105-9. Justine Ligyalingi, the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) Chief Executive Officer said they were happy to host a tournament of such a big magnitude. He said this was a reflection on Uganda’s good levels of organization and they hope to host even bigger events soon. Uganda’s captain Davis Arinaitwe Karashani said although they had lost the title, the team has to stay together and work towards the event later this month in Bermuda. Karashani said the title would remain positive about their chances. The countries that took part in the event include hosts Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Botswana.

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