This week it has been difficult to get a hold of information on the East Africa Cup and Premier League. I’ve only just seen the scorecards of the three East Africa Premier League matches, and Cup matches. a special thanks to Peter Ongondo for Hooking me up 🙂
Be that as it may, the matches were on the whole relatively low scoring. Only Kanbis Tigers, thanks to a dominating opening stand between Vekaria and Rakep Patel were able to win their game after batting first. Their total of 143 off 20 overs, the highest of any of the teams over the weekend, proving too much for Uganda’s Nile Knights. They couldn’t repeat the trick in the Cup game however, as a late 7th wicket partnership worth 140, saved the Knights from the desperate situation of being 6 wickets down with only 68 on the board, delivering them to a respectable 255-8 in their alloted overs. Kanbis were unable to chase this down, eventually getting bundled out for 177.
Their struggles on the day, however do not compare to those that Rift Valley Rhinos had visiting Uganda to play the Rwenzori Warriors. Opting to act first, they hobbled to 107-9 in their 20 overs with only Karan Kaul’s stand out 45 really keeping them afloat. This target was ruthlessly hunted down by the Warriors with only 1 wicket lost in the process. The Struggles would continue into the Cup game, this time the entire teammnanaging just 99 from their alloted innings, Peter Ongondo scoring 34 as their highest run getter. The Warriors cantered home to win the game by 6 wickets.
Kongonis found their groove in a 6 wicket win over Coast Pekee. Set a paltry 114, they squeezed home with just 2 balls to spare in what this blogger reckons should have been the most tense match of the weekend. It wasn’t to be as out of nowhere Coast Pekee unleashed what has got to be the ultimate bowling performance of the tournament so far. Having struggled to 123 all out in their innings the team rallied to bowl out Kongonis for a measly 104. Shades of Kenya’s famous win against the West Indies there.
Next weekend Kongonis are in Kampala to face the Knights, the Rhinos host the Tigers in Nakuru, whilst Coast Pekee face Rwenzori.