Classy Rwenzori Warriors rule regional elite leagues

Monday September 19 2011

By INNOCENT NDAWULA

KYAMBOGO

Close pals Charles Waiswa and Roger Mukasa chipped in fine all-round performances as Rwenzori Warriors humiliated Kenyan franchise Kongonis by 7 wickets at Kyambogo oval yesterday to take over the leadership of the East African Cup.

Man of match Waiswa (3/17) castled Kongonis’ star-studded top order of Seren Waters (0), captain Rakep Patel (9)and Gordon Brown (0) as the visitors struggled at 19 for 3 in 3.4 overs. There was a mini-recovery instigated by Chris Childs (24 off 28) and Abdul Rehman (23 off 43) but a limping Mukasa (3/7) put an end to their fighting stand.

Youngster Brian Masaba (3/25) wrapped up the tail as Kongonis embarrassingly bowed out for just 72 in the first ever live televised match in the history of Ugandan cricket courtesy of SuperSport.

Mukasa later opened the innings and excited SuperSport commentators Jeremy Fredericks with a meaty strike out of the pack in his brief cameo of 18 off 21. His elder brother and Warriors captain Lawrence Ssematimba (12* off 11) and Kamal Shahzad (12* off 19) wrapped up the game with 35.3 overs to spare.

The win took Warriors to 14 points, same with Kongonis but with a better net run rate. On Saturday, Warriors edged their rivals by 10 runs to stay atop the East Africa Premier League log with 20 points.

The Nile Knights were expected to brush aside fellow Ugandan franchise side Rwenzori Warriors on the opening weekend of the East Africa Premier League (T20) and East Africa Cup (50 overs). But they got a rude awakening when Lawrence Ssematimba inspired the Warriors to a 10-run win in the opening T20 fixture at Kyambogo oval on Saturday.

Knights captain Davis Karashani avoided a double-shock with a half-ton of 55 and together with Deus Muhumuza (78) they helped their side to a 54-run win over the Warriors in a rain-shortened game yesterday. Asadu Sseyiga (3/13) and Ivan Baidhu (3/27) sealed the win.

Both Ugandan sides host Kenyan franchises next weekend. fixture at Kyambogo oval on Saturday Knights captain Davis Karashani avoided a double-shock with a half-ton of 55 and together with Deus Muhumuza (78) they helped their side to a 54-run win over the Warriors in a rain-shortened game yesterday. Asadu Sseyiga (3/13) and Ivan Baidhu (3/27) sealed the win.

Both Ugandan sides host Kenyan franchises next weekend. fixture at Kyambogo oval on Saturdayvis Karashani avoided a double-shock with a half-ton of 55 and together with Deus Muhumuza (78) they helped their side to a 54-run win over the Warriors in a rain-shortened game yesterday. Asadu Sseyiga (3/13) and Ivan Baidhu.

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