Uganda deny Kenya a return to ICC under-19 World Cup

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 05, 2017
  • Kenya who had beaten Botswana and Ghana came unstuck against a resilient Uganda who won by 69 runs to deny the hosts a possible return to the ICC under-19 World Cup. (Photo Courtesy)

For years Uganda have stood between Kenya’s quests for a return to the ICC under-19 World Cup.

They have prevailed whenever it mattered most. In over four meetings in the qualifiers, Uganda have either beaten Kenya to deny them a chance of participating in the global showpiece.

Each time, they have either edged out Kenya on a superior net run rate or a straight win.

When the two teams met on Tuesday at the Nairobi Jafferys for another clash to determine which team will represent Africa in next year’s showpiece, the history between the two teams was rekindled.

After the last ball of the day, Uganda had once again put Kenya’s chances of returning to the global event in the balance.

In this time, the Uganda under-19 side capitalized on Kenya’s poor shots' selection and inability to contain pressure at various stages of the match to register a 69 runs win in on the third day of the ICC Africa under-19 World Cup qualifiers.

Chasing their highest score of the event of 231, Kenya were all out for 162 as a result of a huge middle order collapse characterized by poor shot selections and running.

From a comfortable 128 for 5, Kenya lost five wickets for 34 runs to go down for the first time in the four team’s event.

Match-winning stand

After a poor start that had seen the home team reduced to 26 for 4, Kenya’s captain Sachin Bhudia and Tom K’ochieng put on what seemed to be a match winning stand with 102 runs for the fifth wicket before their dismissal opened up a collapse.

The two appeared to struggle in the beginning by failing to take advantage of the gaps in the field. But when they got the momentum they got the scores ticking to 129 in their 24 overs stand.

But immediately after reaching the century stand, Bhudia was caught and bowled on 52 off 66 balls with 103 runs required. Ankeet Hirani fell soon with the board on 138.

At this time, Kenya rested their hopes of a win on K’ochieng but his long stay was brought to an end when he was easily run out to leave Kenya on 143 for 7 after 39.3 overs.

He had scored 54 from 101 balls which included four boundaries.

Jasraj Kundi and Abhishek Chidambaran struggled to get into the required run rate and appeared to be going through the momentum before Kundi was bowled. Mwendwa too found the going tough and was run out for a duck.

Yarksh Patel was the last wicket to fall when he was stumped.

Earlier on in the inning, Kenya lost their first four wickets easily as a result of a fierce opening spell from Trevor Bukenya and Kenneth Waiswa.

Bukenya was the more effective of the two. One of his victims was on form Aman Gandhi whom he trapped for 19 in the seventh over with the board on 24.

Bukenya had easily dismissed Dennis Musyoka for a duck. Sonnu Singh was the third scalp for Bukenya.

Brisk start

Uganda had a brisk start scoring at over eight run an over in the first seven overs.

The openers Zephaniah Arinaitwe (43) and Ronald Opio did the damage at the top with an opening stand of 57 in 7.5 overs before Steven Wabwose (44) got them to 76 before Mwendwa got his second.

Uganda were three down after 13 overs for 85 when Eddy Agaba was trapped lbw. But, Wabwose and top scorer Waiswa (60) built up the inning with a brief stand of 37 runs for the fourth wicket.

Uganda were again in danger at 128 for 5 after 28.2 overs and then 141 for 6, 14 balls later before Siraje Nsubuga and Waiswa lifted them with a seventh wicket stand of 67 runs.

From then, Kenya bowlers penetrated through the Ugandan lower order with wickets at regular intervals to bowl them out for 231 with 11 balls to play.

At Nairobi Gymkhana, Ghana registered their first win of the qualifier with a six wickets win over Botswana. Chasing 114, Ghana reached the set target in 25.4 overs.