• Kenya, Uganda into Africa finals

    The ICC World Twenty20 Africa B Qualifier ended with a terrific chase by Uganda to upset overall winners Kenya.

    Uganda vs Kenya

    Uganda were set a daunting 186 to win by Kenya, and they managed to reach that target with seven balls to spare. That victory was made possible by the second century of the tournament, notched by Dinesh Nakrani, who held his composure to guide his side over the line.

    Uganda had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhiren Gondaria once again contributed at the top of the order, with his 37 off 20 balls paving the way for his middle order.

    Collins Obuya enjoyed a fine week with bat and ball, and his 67 from 45 balls was an apt way to end. That knock saw the Kenyans finish strongly, with skipper Shem Ngoche smashing four sixes at the end to lift his side to 188-5.

    In response, Nakrani’s knock was quite a sight to behold. He found an ally in Ronak Patel, who added a calm 40 off 39 balls, while Nakrani was going ballistic at the other end. He smashed a scarcely believable 12 sixes to reach 102 not out from just 50 balls.

    • Kenya 188-5
      C Obuya 67, D Gondaria 37
    • Uganda 189-3
      D Nakrani 102 not out, R Patel 40

    Uganda won by seven wickets

    Tanzania vs Rwanda

    In the earlier match, Jaitin Chandubhai was the star for Tanzania as they inflicted yet another defeat on plucky hosts Rwanda. Chandubhai scored a brisk 79 off just 49 balls. That blitzkrieg saw his side reach 196-7, with a helping hand from Muhammad Zafar Khan, who ended his excellent tournament with another half-century. This time it was 60 from 40 balls, as Tanzania continued to score with freedom on what have been very good batting tracks.

    In reply, Rwanda managed to get to 116 all out, with Erick Niyomugabo top-scoring with 26. Extras were the second highest scorer, with 18, as Rwanda closed off their tough tournament with another plucky display. They lost by 80 runs, but they have gained a heap of wisdom and game-situation experience, which will surely hold them in good stead in the future.

    Nakrani finished as the top scorer in the tournament with 320 runs at a strike rate of 189. His teammate Mohammed Irfan ended with a tournament high of 13 wickets with a best of 5-12 at an economy rate of 5.37.

    • Tanzania 196-7
      J Chandubhai 79, M Khan 60
    • Rwanda 116 all out
      E Niyomugabo 26

    Tanzania won by 80 runs

    Final Points Table

    Team Played Won Lost Tied No Result Points NRR
    Kenya 6 5 1 0 0 10 2.906
    Uganda 6 4 2 0 0 8 2.725
    Tanzania 6 3 3 0 0 6 -0.416
    Rwanda 6 0 6 0 0 0 -4.887

    Photo: ICC

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    Simon Lewis