Umpires call off second match at Kyambogo University

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 16, 2017
  • Uganda played for only two overs before the rain stopped the second match against Kenya at Kyambogo University. (Photo Courtesy)

Rain played spoilsport as the second match of the Kenya cricket team tour of Uganda was abandoned at Kyambogo University ground on Sunday afternoon.

Chasing 168 to win, Uganda batted for only two overs before play was stopped after the heavens opened. The players and officials waited for thirty minutes before  the umpires decided to call off the match with Uganda on 7 for 1.

The start of the match was delayed by over two hours due to wet pitch after heavy rains had hit the Ugandan capital on Saturday night.

When the conditions had improved and the pitch was playable, the overs were reduced by 19 to 31.

Lucas Oluoch who was one of the changes that was made in the Kenyan squad from the one that lost by five wickets on Friday, had picked the only wicket with the last ball of the second over when he had Arthur Kyobe caught behind.

Earlier, Kenyan batsmen put on a much improved show to post what appeared to be a comfortable score.

Collins Obuya led Kenya's batting with 48 runs with openers Karan Kaul and Dhiren Gondaria posting 30 and 36 runs respectively.

Kaul and Gondaria opened

Kenya bench made changes to the batting line up by giving Kaul and Gondaria the opening slot.

The two did not disappoint as they gave Kenya a decent start with an opening stand of 66 runs in 14.2 overs.

Rushab Patel's long spell of poor run continued when he was dismissed for one off eight balls to leave Kenya on 73 for 3 after 17.4 overs.

The visitors were on 80 for 5 less than three overs later when Irfan Karim and Nelson Odhiambo were all dismissed for a duck .

Alex Obanda and Shem Obado gave Obuya a hand with 15 and 11 runs respectively that lifted Kenya total to 140 for 7 with 13 balls to play.

Obuya fell with two balls to play after scoring a run a ball (48) that included five boundaries.

Deus Muhumuza in his first game in the series was very economical and picked 3 big wickets all caught behind by stand in wicketkeeper Roger Mukasa.

He finished with the best figures by a Ugandan bowler picking 3/18 in his 6 overs.