The Uganda Cricket Cranes have won the inaugural Derby Trophy Series after beating Kenya by three wickets in the third and last One Day match at Kyambogo Cricket Oval to go out 2 – 1.
Kenya displayed its batting prowess in the first match to win by 78 runs before Uganda outwitted them in the second with an emphatic nine wicket victory.
Riazat Ali scored his second half century of the series to orchestrate the hosts’ run chase after Dinesh Nakrani had picked Kenya’s top performers to pipe down another streaming of runs from the top order.
Inserted in to bat, Kenya were cruising at 41/0 after seven overs courtesy of Alex Obanda dispatching Charles Waiswa for 17 runs off the sixth over to prompt the skipper to replace him with Dinesh Nakrani. The fiery paceman only had to fire two speedy deliveries to get Obanda shouldering one to Achelam’s gloves for 26. Two balls later, Irfan Karim had walked in and out, perishing in the same manner as his predecessor for a duck.
Effectively 3/41, Rushabhvardan Patel put up a valiant show to score 34 runs from 45 clean shots before Nakrani combined with Achelam a third time to dismiss him at the close of the 14th over with the score on 77. Looking set on his first full match debut, Dominic Wesonga took on one end and got going with Nelson Odhiambo before he miscued one to Riazat Ali at backward point for 24 off a patient Henry Ssenyondo who picked his first wicket in his 5th over to break the 46 run partnership.
Odhiambo went on to accrue 40 runs before setting out on a nothing run off a play to third man that found Riazat Ali Shah waiting to effect an easy run out that caught him off his mark as he attempted to get back.
The skipper never seemed to get going even before the opposing skipper had his number for the second time in the series, this time bowled for just 11 runs off 30 balls. However, it was Emmanuel Ringera who salvaged the rear end of the innings when he got in with the score on 138 to remain unbeaten on 47 runs off 63 balls as the visitors set 7/225 from their entire allotment.
Bundi further crafted a 42 –run partnership with the fearless Nehemiah Odhiambo before his sticks were rattled by Nakrani in the 46th over for 16 off 22, being the last wicket to depart for Kenya as the paceman wrapped up his spell on 4/40.
In reply, Nehemiah repeated his first match assault by picking up two quick ones cheaply in his successive overs. He strangled Dinesh Nakrani down the leg side for an easy catch on Karim’s good side, picking his second wicket for just 6 runs, not to repeat his previous match’s heroics while Saud Islam had played on to Nelson at short third man in his previous over to depart for an equal score.
Reeling at 2/15 in just 4.2 overs, the hosts stitched together the innings with valuable partnerships, despite losing wickets periodically. Simon Ssesazi went on to be dismissed for 37 in the 14th over, leaving Kenneth Waiswa and his skipper to set up a much needed partnership for the fifth wicket that yielded 48 runs before Shem Ngoche reversed his own dismissal to get the skipper for 16 runs with the score on 108.
Waiswa was on sublime form before gifting Peter Langat his first wicket as he attempted a heave, departing just six runs short of a maiden series’ half century in the 27th over. Just 8 balls later as he closed out his next over, Langat picked his second when Dinesh Nakrani slapped one to Wesonga at extra cover for just six runs.
Shem Ngoche found late purchase when Fred Achelem played back to him for 34 in the 40th over to break the 70 – run partnership with Riazat Ali. With just two runs left to equalize, Vraj Patel offered belated hope to the Kenyan dugout by bowling a maiden over which didn’t matter much two balls later when Riazat Ali skied Ringera over the mid – wicket boundary for a maximum to get his team the winning runs while registering his second half century of the series, unbeaten on 55.
The younger Ngoche sibling finished on 3/29 while Langat and Nehemiah registered 2/49 and 2/39 from their 14 overs combined.
Nigeria fly into the country tomorrow to join the two teams in an ICC accredited T20I tri – series.