East Africa Cricket galore bowls off with teams putting splendind shows

posted on Aug 08, 2013

The East Africa Cricket Competition got underway in Nairobi on Wednesday with I&M Bank Nyati, Express Ndovu and Rising Stars Chui registering wins in their respective Twenty20 matches.

At Simba Union, home side I&M Bank Nyati scored 121 and later bowled their opponents Rwenzori Warriors from Uganda for 79 to win by 42 runs.

Elijah Otieno was the chief destroyer for the Ugandans with four wickets for only 15 runs.

He was aided by spinner James Ngoche who picked three for nine. Ngoche got all his wickets in his first over of the match to reduce the visitors to 13 for 3.

Hamza Malik and Karan Kaul had earlier top scored for I&M Bank with 30 and 26 runs respectively.

Josephat Ababu was the other hero with the bat with 22 at the tail.

At Nairobi Club, Uganda’s second side Nile Knights  who made 154 for the loss of 6 wickets beat Kenya’s Sameer Simba’s by 65 runs. Authur Kyobe was Knights top scorer with 42 runs.

In reply the  Sameer could only make 89 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs.

In the afternoon match played at Simba Union, national team captain Collins Obuya and Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal scored unbeaten half centuries to steer Rising Stars Chui’s to an emphatic 9 wickets over I&M Bank side.

Obuya made 70 from 56 balls and Akmal got 60 from 52 balls as they reached required target of 143 for the loss of nine wickets with 11 balls to spare.

In the second match at Nairobi Club, Express Ndovu beat Nile Knights by 77 runs.  Express made 139 runs for 6 before restricting the Ugandan side for 62 for 9.

Rakep Patel with 36 and Maninder Singh with 29 were the top scorer for Express.

Express inning started on a sour note when Pakistani import Imran Nazir was caught for a duck with the board on zero.

But a stand of 53 runs for the fouth wicket between Patel and Singh got the side to 80 runs. With 97 for 6, Lucas Oluoch and Dominic Wesonga made unbeaten 26 and 16 to steer their team to 139 for 6.

In reply Knights could only make 62 for the loss of nine wickets. Paramveer Singh and Gautam Bhudia were impressive with the bat with 2 wickets each.

The tournament continues tomorrow at both venues.