Roger Mukasa’s century off 84 balls was enough to steer Warriors past Kanbis Tigers in a hotly contested East African Cup semi-final match at Nairobi Gymkhana.
The win saw the Warriors book a place in both finals having qualified automatically for the Twenty20 by virtue of finishing top of the group. Mukasa’s 3rd wicket stand of 140-runs with Steve Tikolo (62) helped moved the score from 43 to 183 which put paid to Tigers chances. Mukasa’s knock included 12 fours and a six while Tikolo provided him with the necessary support including 8 fours in his innings from 67 deliveries.
Narendra Patel 2/33 and Lucas Oluoch 2/54 picked two wickets each for the Tigers but their efforts paid no dividends in a losing cause.
Earlier on, Tigers had won the toss and elected to bat but failed to capitalize on a bright start that saw them race to 36 runs in 5 overs but then lost their way as the wickets began to fall to derail their promising start.
Ramesh Mepani’s 79 from 114 deliveries including 9 boundaries helped rescue the innings but his efforts got Tigers to 248 which seemed 40 runs less on a Gymkhana wicket that was full of runs.
Brian Masaba and Tikolo were the pick of the bowlers for Warriors with 3 for 49 and 4 for 50 respectively.