Former Kenya cricket team players Martin Suji and Steve Tikolo bagged the bragging rights in the East Africa cricket circles when they led Uganda to victory over Kenya on the opening day of the Pepsi ICC Africa World Cricket League Division 1 tournament.
The two Kenyans currently heading the Ugandan technical bench led their team to a 30-run win over Kenya at the Kyambogo University grounds in Kampala.
Batting first, the home team made 142 for the loss of six wickets before restricting their neighbours to a paltry 112 for 8. As has been the case in the recent past, spin proved to be the biggest problem for Kenyan batsmen. The spinners accounted for all but one of the eight wickets Kenya lost. Opener Alex Obanda was Kenya top scorer with 28 off 31 balls followed by Rakep Patel with 23 of 15 balls.
Irfan Karim who dropped down the order to number seven was Kenya's third best scorer with 21 as none of the remaining batsmen got into double figures.
Obanda and Patel put on an opening stand of 34 runs in 4 overs before Jonathan Ssebanja had Patel caught. Maurice Ouma (4) was the second to go when he was bowled by Francis Nsubuga. Collins Obuya added nine in 4 overs with Obanda to get the scores to 51 before he was caught on 5.
With wickets falling on one side of the wicket regularly, Obanda seemed to have lost his cool and fell to Roger Mukasa's spin with seven overs to go.
Tanmay Mishra's inning was a shocker from someone as experienced as him. He played for over 7 overs and only made 9 runs thanks to Uganda bowlers who denied him balls. At 69 for 6, Kenya needed someone to rescue them from a horrible total. Karim did the work with 21 off 16 that had one six.