Chui maul Warriors to win East Africa Twenty20 title

posted on Aug 12, 2013

Kenya’s Rising Stars Chui are the winners of this year’s East Africa Cricket Premier League.

The Kenya side revenged on their preliminary loss to Rwenzori Warriors of Uganda by beating them by 9 wickets to be crowned the winners of the six team’s event at a match played at Simba Union crowd in front of a capacity crowd.

After losing the toss, the home team bowled out the Ugandans for 120 and went on to win the match in 14.3 overs.

Pakistan opening batsman Kamran Akmal once again showed the class of a player of his stature with unbeaten 80 runs not out to steer Rising Stars Chui to the victory.

Uganda lost Arnold Otwani (0) trapped lbw by Abdul Razzak, Roger Mukasa (11) lbw to Collins Obuya to a delivery that kept low.

They continued with their bad shot selection this time the culprits being Abdalla Lubega, Ham Kayondo and skipper Lawrence Ssematimba departing with scores of 11,0 and 4 respectively leading to the Warriors slumping to 62-5 in 10 overs.

Obuya was the tormentor in chief bagging the 3 with his leg spin bowling. While this was going on, Naeem Bardai was stuck on one end and running out of partners. The on form Charles Waiswa fell short at the biggest stage trying to haul Varaiya for six and was stumped for 15.

Bardai’s patient 28 balls 31 came to an end when he was run out by Luseno leaving the warriors in deep trouble at 98 for 8 in 15 overs.

At 90-9, Warriors seemed dead and buried but the last pair of Brian Masaba and Henry Ssenyondo put on a partnership of 27 runs that rescued them from posting a paltry score before Razzaq finally got the last wicket of Ssenyondo with the scores on 120 in 19.1 overs.

Obuya finished with 3-26 and was ably assisted by Razzak and Luseno with 2 wickets each.

Chuis made a good start in their run chase with David Maina and Akmal putting on 44 for the first wicket that was eventually broken by Mukasa who tempted Maina to loft a superb catch to long on for a beautifully crafted 18 runs.

Rising Stars cruised to the total inside 15 overs thanks to a swashbuckling 80 not out from Akmal who hit eight fours and four sixes.

Warriors lacked depth in their bowling giving the dangerous Akmal width and he dispatched ferociously to the fence to his third half ton of the tournament.

Obuya remained unbeaten on 24 off 29 balls and shared in an unbroken 80 with Akmal.

Obuya was named the player of the tournament while Akmal’s country mate Imran Nazir who turned out for Express Ndovu that finished fourth was the best batter.

Varaiya won the best bowler accolade for his 13 wickets.