This weekend is the finals of the East Africa Premier League and Cup. Rwenzori overcame a scrappy and well…maybe too scrappy Kongonis team in the Premier league and now they face a resurgent Coast Pekee team in the Cup on Sunday Morning.
Coast Pekee have been the miracle team of this season’s competition. Hardly able to win so much as a single match in ether Cup or Premier League last season, this season they came tops in the Cup and 3rd in the Premier League. Now the stand one big performance away from winning their first silverware ever. The spark for this? There is the young Keeper-batsman Irfan Karim. His 195 runs in 5 innings, including a top score of 83*, have been the foundation of the Coast team’s batting through the season. Then there’s been the unbelievably high standard that their bowling unit’s been operating at. Veteran Kenyan paceman Nehemiah Odhiambo’s 16 wickets at 10.87 a piece set the standard for team that have bowled out 4 of their opponents for less than 150. That’s including tomorrow opponents Rwenzori, that were bowled out for 132, chasing 207 for a win.
Granted the Rwenzori batting has come leaps and bounds since then. They looked rock solid chasing down Kanbis’s 248 in the semi. Roger Mukasa coming up trumps with an 84 ball century. Will it be enough to see the Warriors to a double. We’ll know tomorrow.