Odoyo admits Kenya were ineffective against Uganda

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 16, 2017
  • Uganda celebrate the dismissal of Elijah Otieno. (Photo Courtesy)

Kenya coach Thomas Odoyo has admitted poor execution resulted into the team's five-wickets loss in the opening match of their Uganda tour on Saturday at Kyambogo University ground.

Kenya were bowled out for 147 runs in 45 overs a target that the home team reached with 78 balls to spare.

"To be honest we didn’t pitch up. We didn’t click in every department of the game. We didn’t bat well or even apply ourselves well as expected. Our inability to get runs on the board was the major reason for us to struggle today.

"The wicket was very good for batting and I thought we were a bit too slow at certain stages in our innings and hopefully that will be an area we will improve on in the next match," Odoyo said.

Henry Ssenyondo was the star for the home team with 4 for 39 before riding on team work effort from the batsmen to reach the target with five wickets in hand.

Ssenyondo bagged the wickets of Collins Obuya (9), Nelson Odhiambo (5), Gurdeep Singh (6) and Shem Obado (11) to leave Kenya in anguish on 108 fo7 after 34.4 overs.

Kenya had a low start in the inning failing to penetrate the Ugandan field and were two wickets down for 38 runs after 14 overs.

Obanda dismissal

The dismissal of Alex Obanda (11) and Rushabh Patel (8) seemed to have opened up a stand that Kenya could build their inning with a third wicket stand between Obuya and Irfan Karim.

But, Ssenyondo put break on in with the dismissal of Obuya in the 19th over with the board on 53.

Kenya were hit a major blow 10 balls later when Karim was caught by Francis Nsubuga on 24 to reduce Kenya to 53 for 4.

Dhiren Gondaria and Nelson Odhiambo shared the crease in a stand of 17 runs before Ssenyondo bagged his second in the 25thover.

Ssenyondo bagged two more wickets in the 27th and 35th over to reduce Kenya to 108 for 7. Nelson Odhiambo was Kenya’s top scorer in the match with 38 runs.

Only one of the seven players Uganda used in the match failed to get into double digits.

Roger Mukasa who turns out for Stray Lions in the local league was Uganda’s top scorer with 29 off 66 balls.

Opener Hamu Kayondo and skipper Davis Karashani were the other top contributor in the Uganda’s chase with 23 runs each.

Uganda lost opener, Kyobe

Uganda lost opener Arthur Kyobe in the seventh over with the board on 29 after he was trapped by Elijah Otieno on 12.

Arnold Otwani was the second to fall when he was trapped on eight by Obado with only 11 runs having been added in the second wicket stand with opener Hamu Kayondo.

Kayondo and Mukasa got the scores to 60 after 14.3 overs before Odhiambo trapped Kayondo lbw. Ukani Kamal and Mukasa pulled the match away from the Kenyans with a fourth wicket stand of 45 in 11 overs.

Kamal scored 19 off 37 balls before falling to Obado-opening up a 16 runs stand for the fifth wicket between Mukasa and the skipper.

Obuya brought Mukasa’s 66 balls resistance to an end in the 32nd over when he had him caught. Karashani and Brian Masaba scored the remaining winning runs to give their side a 1-0 lead in the five matches’ series.