January 10, 2009


Uganda win opening tie of tour

Jamie Alter

Uganda opened their tour of Kenya with a 73-run win against a makeshift Kenya Select XI at the Nairobi Simba Union on Friday. Arthur Kyombe, Uganda’s opening batsman, spearheaded the winners’ batting line up with a brilliant performance with the bat.

Uganda won the toss and elected to bat. Kyombe top scored with 83 and put on handy stands with Akbar Baig (12) and Kwebiha Junior (39). But Kyombe was dropped twice, at 28 and 42, by Tony Suji and Benjamin Oluoga respectively. He was eventually dismissed by Suji, hitting out to deep mid-off. Uganda set the opposition a target of 195. James Ngoche, an offspinner, finished with 4 for 25.

In reply, Kenya got off to a horrid start, losing opener Kennedy Obuya cheaply. He edged Charles Waiswa to Lawrence Sematimba for 1 and it all went downhill from there.

The next match is at the Nairobi Gymkhana.


Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Jamie Alter
Senior sub-editor While teachers in high school droned on about Fukuyama and communism, young Jamie's mind tended to wander to Old Trafford and the MCG. Subsequently, having spent six years in the States - studying Political Science, then working for an insurance company - and having failed miserably at winning any cricket converts, he moved back to India. No such problem in Bangalore, where he can endlessly pontificate on a chinaman who turned it around with a flipper, and why Ricky Ponting is such a good hooker. These days he divides his time between playing office cricket and constant replenishments at one of the city's many pubs.

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