Great cricket was witnessed at Kampala’s Lugogo and Kyambogo Cricket Ovals on a cloudy afternoon as both visiting teams Nairobi Buffaloes and Kongonis won the toss. While the Kongonis opted to bat, the Nairobi Buffaloes chose to bowl.
At Kyambogo, Nile Knights came out hard on the Kongonis restricting them to a paltry 84/6 in their allotted 20 overs with contributions from Rakep Patel 27 and 28 from 17 year old Henry Rudd. The Kongonis main undoing was Asadu Seyiga’s medium pace who claimed both Mathew Rudd (0) and Kennedy Obuya (2) ending with figures of 3 for 14 in 4 overs. At Lugogo, the Nairobi Buffaloes were denied a good start when Rwenzori’s Jonathan Ssebanja batting at No. 8 enjoyed his innings with 33 Not Out with 5 boundaries (3-4s, 2-6s) to add to Lawrence Ssematimba’s 23 off 22 balls to settle for 135/8.
The Nile Knights sailed home with a 6 wickets victory thanks to Man of Match Frank Nsubuga’s 33 Not Out that included to big 6s and Fred Isabirye 15 (17 balls), pick of the Kongonis’ bowlers was Rajesh Budhiya with figures of 2 for 9 runs. The Lugogo match turned out to be a thriller when Kenya’s U19 batsman cum wicket keeper took the game to the wire with a contribution of 65 Not Out off 43 balls which included three 6s and four 4s. Needing 8 runs for a win off the last six balls, Brian Masaba secured a 4 run victory for the Rwenzori Warriors when he conceded only 3 runs.
While in Mombasa Rift Valley Rhinos ran comfortable winners over Coast Pekee with a 9 wicket victory. Coast Pekee made 104 for the loss of 5 wickets thanks to Peter Kituku's 52 ball knock of 47 as he provided resistance to the Rhinos charge. However, that total was overhauled without much trouble with a an unbeaten half century (52) from David Obuya and Mitesh Sanghani's 31 not out to make it 2 out of two for the Rhinos in the shorter format of Twenty20.