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Uganda warms up for final with a win

Thu, Jul 14, 2011 5:43 AM

Uganda warmed up for the final against Namibia in the Africa Division 1 Twenty20 tournament with a win eight wicket over Kenya at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground in Kampala.

Kenta posted a modest 74 for 9 in its 20 overs after opting to bat first. Kenya captain Kennedy Owino Ochieng made the top score of 26. Uganda skipper Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (2/14) even tossed the ball around to seven of his players after resting three first choice players (Roger Mukasa Galiwango, Lawrence Ssematimba and Frank Nsubuga), who are coincidentally brothers.

In the chase, 14-year-old Isaac Abdallah Lubega, who had earlier turned over his arm for figures of 1 for 7 in three overs, seized the opportunity to open the innings for an unbeaten match-winning knock of 36 runs to grab the Man of Match award.

Arthur Ziraba (28 off 40) offered support as Uganda wrapped up the easy morning workout.

In the other game at Lugogo Cricket Ground, Nigeria beat Ghana by six wickets. Nigeria avenged its first round loss to Ghana with a convincing win.

Witty Ghana skipper Peter Ananya won the toss and opted to bat. The gamble to bring in makeshift opener Francis Bakiweyem (50 off 55) looked like it would reap dividends as the 28 year-old raced to his career-best score.

Fellow opener Julius Mensah reached 20 but no other batsman scored more as the Nigeria bowlers made regular breakthroughs to restrict a previously well-poised Ghana outfit to just 127 runs.

Openers Ademola Onikoyi and Segun Olanyika got Nigeria off to a blazing start with 20 runs apiece with the scoreboard reading 31 in just 4 overs.

Skipper Endurance Ofem’s three-ball duck gave some joy to the opposition but it did not stem the flow of runs. Ramit Gill with a run-a-ball 35, the powerful pair of Adekunle Adegbola (28 off 25 including two fours and one six) and Olajide Bejide (16 off 7; two fours and one six) hit Kofi Bagabina 19 runs in his lone over and captain Ananya 14 in his spell of 1.3 overs to complete a successful revenge mission.

The loss meant that Ghana will not take part in the third place play-off final where Nigeria will now face off with Kenya.

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