ICC Africa Division One T20 Championship July 11, 2011

Uganda surge to third win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Uganda beat Kenya by 75 runs at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground to register their third win of the tournament, riding on an unbeaten 177-run opening stand. After opting to bat, Uganda openers Arthur Kyobe and Roger Mukasa plundered the Kenyan attack, making light of frequent bowling changes. None of the seven bowlers employed managed to stem the run-flow. Mukasa outscored his partner to slam 101 off 63 balls, including 11 fours and a six.

In reply, Kenya were bundled out in the final over for 102, having failed to gain any sort of momentum against a tight bowling effort from Uganda. Only Irfan Karim managed to cross 20 as Kenya slumped to a heavy defeat, their third in four games.

Ghana beat Nigeria by three runs in a low-scoring thriller at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, after picking up three wickets in the final over of the chase. Ghana got off to a poor start, losing their first wicket after just seven balls. A string of low scores scores followed as they slumped to 69 for 7 before Peter Ananya steadied the innings with his 34. He added 58 for the eighth wicket with Isaac Aboagye to lift his side to a respectable 129 in 20 overs.

Nigeria's reply got off to a dismal start as well, as they lost their top three within the first three overs. Olajide Bejide, however, contributed 59 off 41 balls and set the tone for a close finish. When Bejide fell off the third ball of the last over, Nigeria needed four runs from three balls, with three wickets in hand. But with run-outs off the next two balls and No. 11 Segun Olayinka absent hurt, Nigeria were left stranded on 126, handing Ghana their first win of the tournament.

With all teams having played four games, unbeaten Namibia lead the table, with Uganda in second place. Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana bring up the rear, with just one win each.