Uganda defeat Kenya by 27 runs at Lugogo to go 2-0 up in the series.
PIC: Uganda's Davis Karashani Arinaitwe bats against Kenya during a Kenya Tour match at Kyambogo. Uganda won by five wickets. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)
CRICKET: KENYA TOUR TO UGANDA SERIES
Uganda 199/10 Kenya 172/10
(Uganda win by 27 runs)
The endgame for Cricket Cranes in the ongoing Kenya Tour To Uganda series basically sets in three major aspects.
One, batsmen need to build strong partnerships. This remains high on the priority list of National coach Steven Tikolo as the ICC World Cricket League Division Three is fast approaching (23-30) next month in Uganda.
Hamu Kayondo and Arthur Kyobe are trying to parlay their impressive performances from club (Challengers) to the national team. The two produced a total of 35, Kayondo opening with 23 from 43 balls on day one (last Friday) .
Still Monday they managed to pull off 30 runs apiece before Deus Muhumuza and Emanuel Isaneez added 30 and 33 as Uganda defeated Kenya by 27 runs at Lugogo, going 2-0 up in the series.
The two nonetheless continue to enjoy a platonic relationship off the wicket and perhaps this partly explains their gradually growing chemistry on the wicket.
Kenya came up short chasing 200 as Ugandan bowlers managed to restrict them to 172.Skipper Davis Karashani took an undefeated 3 wickets on a frosty day.
Two, at the end of the five games series, Tikolo believes his bowlers will have mastered the art of building pressure on the offensive batsmen.
"There's an urgent need for the bowlers to learn how to intimidate their opponents with the ball," Steven Tikolo said.
Henry Ssenyondo, the reigning national cricketer of the year, took4/39 in 10 overs, a game-best when Uganda beat Kenya on day one, David Wabwire, Kenneth Waisswa, Emmanuel Isaneez are some of the guns that carry a lot of hope in that area.
Thirdly the team is working on their technical abilities where they are focusing on how to "take it simple and organized"
"I can report that we have really improved technically" Steven Tikolo added. Davis Karashani is technically contributing to Uganda's winning edge. For purposes of illustration, he wrestled yesterday as Uganda looked to be losing the game. He displayed true traits of a skipper.
Meanwhile Collins Obuya and Dhiren Gondoria stood out for the visitors, producing two half centuries of 50 and 56 runs respectively.
"We are not here for recreational cricket despite losing the two games. This is serious business. We are focusing now on getting something out of the remaining games. The tour is all important," said Thomas Odoyo, coach for Kenya.
Uganda are also keeping track of their opponents in the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Division Three. They have so far watched videos of the USA and Malaysia.
Next stop: Lugogo for the second last game of the Kenya-Uganda Easter series on Wednesday.
Uganda's squad for the Kenya Tour To Uganda: Arthur Kyobe, Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo,Arnold Otwani, Shahzad Kamal, Lawrence Sematimba, Davis Karashani Arinaitwe, Brian Masaba, Deus Muhumuza, Frank Nsubuga, Jonathan Ssebanja,Charles Waiswa,Henry Ssenyondo, Irfan Sahibzada, Emmanuel Isaneez, Derrick Bakunzi, Kenneth Waiswa, David Wabwire
ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
USA, Canada, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, Uganda
Uganda v Canada - Lugogo
Uganda v Singapore - Entebbe
Uganda v Oman - Kyambogo
Uganda v Malaysia - Lugogo oval
Uganda v USA - Entebbe oval