Sunday 2 September 2007 

Uganda Win All-African Clash As Kenya Disappoint

Kenya 132-6 (Tikolo 66, Waiswa 2-18, Kamyaka 2-31) v
Uganda 133-8 (Sematimba 42, Patel 32no, Tikolo 3-8, Odoyo 2-22) in Nairobi
Uganda won by two wickets

The All-African clash between Kenya and Uganda, two sides playing only their second Twenty20 match, was won by the underdogs Uganda, as they passed Kenya's total in the final over in the third match of the four-nation Twenty20 series in Nairobi.

Nandikishore Patel was the hero with bat, hitting two sixes, one in the penultimate over to give the Ugandans a chance. With four needed from the last over, bowled by Thomas Odoyo, Davis Ariwaitne scrambled a single off the penultimate ball to secure victory by two wickets.

Uganda lost two wickets early in their innings, but combative innings from Laurence Sematimba (42 from 35) and captain Joel Olweni (24 from 17) set them back on track.

Steve Tikolo took three for 8 with his off-spin, including two wickets late on that looked to have brought his side back in the game, before Patel found a useful ally in Ariwaitne (5 not out).

Tikolo had earlier dominated Kenya's innings, hitting six fours and a six but his team-mates struggled to follow his lead, with Uganda doing a decent job of restricting their score.

Tikolo's 57-ball innings as an opener ought to have set the tone for a far bigger score for the Kenyans, but the Ugandans fought back, taking wickets at regular intervals until Odoyo blasted 27 from 21 to give the Kenyans a much needed boost.

The Ugandan bowlers put in a much improved display than they had against the Pakistanis the day before, no bowler conceding more than 7.75 runs an over, with Charles Waiswa and Olweni managing to concede less than six per over.

Waiswa and Kenneth Kamyaka were the standout bowlers, taking two wickets apiece.

Yesterday, Pakistan beat Uganda by 148 runs, and Kenya lost to Bangladesh by five wickets. Pakistan meet Bangladesh later today.

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