Paceman Elijah Otieno bowled a spell of his career of 7 wickets for 23 runs to boost Kongonis to a much needed win and secure all four points on offer to register their maiden win in the East African Cup 2012 edition in a match played at the newly built Entebbe Cricket Oval against Knights.
Put in to bat on a lively surface Kongonis batsmen failed to establish themselves with Alex Obanda (32) the only batsman to cross the 20-run mark in their innings as he battled against all odds with wickets tumbling around him. He played a patient inning that came from 48 deliveries and was stumped by Dennis Musali off the bowling of Frank Nsubuga to halt his stay at the crease.
The Nairobi club based side ended up with 102 off 31.3 overs thanks to some inspired bowling from Faruk Ochimi who picked up 5 wickets for 13 runs off 5.3 overs to ensure the home side had a manageable target to chase.
In response, instead lightening struck in the form of Otieno who bowled his opening spell unchanged from one end to wrestle the game in favour of the visitors who had not tested a win losing back to back matches in the opening two-rounds in Nairobi and Mombasa against Kanbis Tigers and Coast Pekee respectively.
Stand in skipper Shem Ngoche complimented Otieno’s efforts with 2 wickets of his own from his six overs.
In other matches, Kanbis Tigers beat Rift Valley Rhinos by 1 wicket while Coast Pekee beat Warriors by 74 runs thanks to Raj Savala’s 5 wickets for 11 runs.