January 31, 2010

Kenya Twenty20 Tri-Series

Scotland edge Uganda in thriller

Liam Brickhill

The second game of the Kenya Twenty20 Tri-Series between Uganda and Scotland ended in dramatic fashion, with the scores tied before Jan Stander sealed a win for Scotland in the Super Over. Arthur Kyobe carried his bat in Uganda's run chase with an unbeaten 51, but Ryan Watson's last gasp dismissal of Dennis Tabby ensured the match went to the one-over eliminator.

Uganda recovered well from their mauling at the hands of Kenya in the first match of the series to restrict Scotland to 109 for 8. Tabby removed opener Fraser Watts and Kyle Coetzer in his opening spell, but Scotland still looked set for a decent total when they reached 66 for 3 in their first 10 overs.

They stumbled against Uganda's spin in the second half of their innings, however, with the 16-year-old Henry Ssenyondo picking up three wickets for just 20 runs. Frank Nsubuga showed his experience, stemming the flow of runs and picking up the important scalps of Gavin Hamilton and Watson, while Deusdedit Muhumuza's medium pace also proved frugal.

With his fellow opener Roger Mukasa falling in the first over, Kyobe played a lone hand for most of Uganda's innings. Captain Akbar Baig joined him to provide a brief spell of stability, but Ross Lyons and Majid Haq worked steadily through the Ugandan middle order before Ssenyondo and Kyobe swung the match back Uganda's way with the largest partnership of either innings. Their 44 took Uganda to 99 before Haq bowled Ssenyondo to spark panic in the Ugandan ranks.

With only 11 runs needed in four overs, Watson and Richie Berrington's nerveless death bowling got the better of Uganda's tail, and with Tabby dismissed off the final ball of the innings the match was taken into a Super Over. Haq kept Uganda to just six runs in their over before Stander sealed the result by smashing Nsubuga for a boundary with two balls to spare.

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