Collins Obuya struck a quick fire 57 off just 35 balls which included three fours and sixes apiece to lead Kenya to a 48-run victory over neighbours Uganda in the ongoing ICC World Cup Twenty20 Qualifiers at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.
Kenya who won the toss chose to bat began brightly with Alex Obanda again continuing with his impressive form that has seen him notch 250 runs in the qualifiers. He and Duncan Allan contributing 46 for the opening stand in 7.4 overs, Obanda’s 46 came from 42 balls and included some six fours and one six.
Rakep Patel walked and plundered some quick runs to guide Kenya to 167 off 20 overs before Shem Ngoche opening the bowling for Kenya picked up both Uganda openers to ensure that their chase never got off to the start that they would have wished for.
Ngoche picked 3 for 20 in his four-over spell and his brother James Ngoche also picked 2 crucial wickets at a cost of 15 runs. Skipper Obuya picked up the man of the match award for his efforts with both the ball and the bat picking up 1 for 19 to add onto his batting display.
Uganda did show some resilience through Jonathan Sebanja and Frank Nsubuga with an identical 26 but the Ugandans were always chasing the game and ended up on 119 well short of Kenya’s total.