East Africa Premier League
Rwenzori Warriors put themselves in an almost insurmountable position at the halfway point in the 20-over competition with a six-wicket victory at Kongonis, their third win over their main rivals in eight days. Led by a fifty from opener Rakep Patel, Kongonis posted a useful 158 for 4, but a 51-ball 71 not out from Rwenzori skipper Roger Makasa led a well-paced chase and the visitors eased home with seven deliveries in hand.
That result opened an eight-point gap over Nile Knights, who beat winless Coast Pekee by six wickets. Pekee, who are slowly beginning to find some king of form, made 121, a total that the Knights passed with ten balls to spare.
In the mid-table battle, Nairobi Buffaloes were made to work hard for their three-wicket win against Rift Valley Rhinos
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East African Cup
Kongonis finally beat Rwenzori Warriors, in what was their fourth clash in nine days, by 69 runs and in so doing moved to the top of a closely packed table where only four points separates the leading four teams. Kongonis recovered from losing Patel to the second delivery of the day to score 194, and then 18-year-old Emmanuel Bundi ripped through the Warriors' top order to leave them 38 for 4. A partial recovery was ended when Bundi claimed his fifth victim, top scorer Ronald Ssemanda - he finished with 5 for 44 as Rwenzori were eventually bowled out for 125.
Nile Knights completed a winning weekend with a four-wicket victory against Coast Pekee in Mombasa, but again the home side showed glimpses they are beginning to come to terms with the competition. Pekee managed 177 for 9 in their 50 overs, and when the Knights were reduced to 129 for 6 an upset briefly appeared on the cards. But Davis Arinaitwe (26*) and Deusdedit Muhumza (26*) put on an unbeaten 52 for the seventh wicket to see the Knights home and keep them in second place.
Rify Valley Rhinos need to win against Nairobi Buffaloes in Mombasa to keep in touch with the leading pack, but slid to a 17-run defeat to leave them six points adrift in fifth position. The Buffaloes seemed well set at 109 for 3 before losing their way and being bowled out for 179. The Rhinos lost wickets steadily to limp to 88 for 6, and while Ramesh Mepani (47) kept them in the hunt he found little support and was last man out with plenty of balls in hand.
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