As the Pepsi ICC Africa Division 1 T20 continues into day six, Uganda is at the acme of the giants contest while Tanzania leads the tournament underdogs.
DAY FIVE - AM MATCHES
Uganda 125/6, ably led by Deusdedit Muhumuza, beat Tanzania 85/9 by 40 runs at Lugogo Cricket Oval in the morning. Uganda was only able to reduce the difference in net run rate with Kenya by a minimal margin making it even more competitive. Three Ugandan batsmen managed double figures Lawrence Ssematimba 31 (32), Frank Nsubuga 24 (24) and top scorer Deusdedit Muhumuza who has continued to generate runs for his team. Highlight of the innings was Deusdedit Muhumuza and Davis Karashani partnership of 41 runs in 6.2 overs for Uganda to close at 125/6 in the allotted over.
Pick of the Tanzanian bowlers was Abdul Seif K with impressive figures of 3/17 in 4 overs. On return for the chase, Tanzania's top batsmen were wiped out with single digits scores until the tailenders came in to ?save face' for the Southern neighbours. Batting at number 8, 9 and 10 Abdallah Hamisi 12 off 14 balls, Elyas Mobeen 16 off 17 balls and Riziki Kiseto 10* off 8 balls respectively stuck from 47 for for 7 in 14.2 till 85 for 9 in 20.
Uganda's bowling strategy paid off when opening spin bowlers Frank Nsubuga with figures of 1 wicket for 2 runs and 2 maidens in 4 overs and Karashani 2 wickets for 16 wickets in 4 overs took command. Henry Ssenyondo, first change left arm spinner picked 2 for 15 in four overs leaving Tanzania's batting line up tattered. Frank was named Man of Match.
At Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kenya 160/9 continued to show a difference in class when it hit Botswana by 48 runs. Aga Ragheb scored a quick fire 51 off 28 with 6 boundaries that included three 4s and three 6s and ever green Collins Obuya a.k.a Colli notched 47 runs off 40 balls. Whitey Russel's hard work could only yield 2 wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs.
Botswana 112/6 were dented by left arm spinner Hiren Varaiya who picked 4 wickets at a cost of 16 runs in 4 overs and Rakep Patel who took 2 wickets for 13 off 3 overs. . Karabo Modise 37 off 31 balls and Rasheed Faisal Rana 25 off 35 could not put much resistance.
DAY FIVE - PM MATCHES
In the afternoon Uganda 156/7 in 20 overs continued it's on slaughter when it gave Botswana 124 for 9 in 15.5 overs a second round doze winning by 32 runs. Arthur Kyobe, led the onslaughter with 59 off 43 balls, Roger Mukasa 34 (32) and Lawrence Ssematimba 27 off 19. Nabil Master was the only one who picked wickets with figures of 4 for 17 runs in 4 overs.
When the innings of Botswana started, they had both opening batsmen out for nought. Only one barsman seemed to read Uganda's bowling attack, Sequeira Denzil with 44 runs off 22 balls that helped his team post 124/10 in 19 overs. Skipper Davis Karashani picked 2 for 8 in 3 overs as Henry Ssenyondo continued to enjoy his day with figures of 3 for 19 in 4 overs, while blood brothers Roger Mukasa 2 wickets for 13 runs in 3 overs and Frank Nsubuga with 2 for 27 runs in 4 overs.
Tanzania161/8 in 20 overs beat Nigeria 139/7 in 20 overs by 22 runs again in the second round. Benson Nyaikini spurred his side with half ton with support from Ali Rehemtulla 39 off 36 ballls. Nigeria had Chimezie Onwulinzulika 3 for 16 in 3 overs
Tanzania, led by Nyaikini Benson with 3 for 12 in 2 overs and Abdul Sief 2 for 29 in 4 overs kept Nigeria in check. Top scoring for Nigeria were Adgebol Kunle 35 off 23, Endurance Ofem 24 off 32