Kenyan bowlers set up win, Uganda edge Ghana


posted on Jul 03, 2017

Kenya and Uganda recorded consecutive victories while Ghana failed to capitalise on a good bowling performance on day 2 of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, Africa Qualifier.

At Gymkhana, Botswana won the toss and chose to bat first against the hosts. They got off to a decent start but let it slip towards the back end of their innings. They were 90/2 but then lost 8 wickets for just 49 runs as they were bowled out for 139 in 44 overs.

Yaksh Patel was the pick of the Kenyan attack picking up 4 for 25 in his 10 overs that included 2 maidens.

The Kenyans made light work of the chase as Amman Gandhi smashed 74 (84 balls) in quick time  (11 boundaries).

In Lavington Uganda won the toss and chose to bat first against Ghana hoping to repeat their performance from the previous day. Things did not go as planned as they were bowled out for 148 inside 36 overs. Ronald Opio top scoring with 67 for the Ugandans.

The Aboagye brothers were involved in 7 of the 10 wickets to fall, Joseph Aboagye finishing with figures of  4/4 of 3.5 overs.

Uganda came out firing after lunch. Trevor Bukenya tore through the Ghanaian top order as Ghana slumped to 28/6 inside 13 overs.

There was a mini revival from Rex Bakum and Michael Aboagye as the pair put on 68 for the 7th wicket that gave the West Africans some glimmer of hope. But it was not to be as they were bowled out for 116 in 38.5 overs.

Player of the match Trevor Bukenya ended with economical figures 5/23 of 10 overs (3 maidens). The Ghanaians will feel that they let this one slip.

Tomorrow’s fixtures see Ghana face Botswana at Gymkhana while there is a mouth-watering East-African derby at Jaffrey.

Hosts Kenya will look to make their home ground advantage count as they take on neighbours Uganda.