By Kirunda Wycliffe
Uganda 185/9 in 20 overs
Rwanda 100/10 in 16.1 overs
Uganda won by 85 runs
Getting off the mark at the international level seems to be a worrying stage for many athletes across all sports but it looked so easy for the youngster who scored the most number of runs in today’s game and went on to be named the man of the match.
Cricket cranes got off the mark as they edged hosts to record their first win of the tournament.
Rwanda won the toss and asked Uganda to bat first but failed to limit them to a small score that they could easily chase down.
Despite Uganda losing Roger Mukasa wicket in the first over, Simon Ssesazi and Ronald Lutaya took charge of the fallen wicket as they formed a solid partnership.
The partnership went on to record 73 runs on board with Simon Ssesazi and Ronald Lutaya posting 34 runs off 16 balls and 70 runs off 40 balls respectively individually.
But once the pair was lost, the replacements struggled to form any partnership with only Brian Masaba and Frank Nsubuga having a chance to add double figures of 18 runs off 15 balls and 31 runs off 23 balls to help Uganda post 185/9 in 20 overs.
In the chase, Rwanda struggled to find someone who could partner with Ochide Tuyisenge to recreate what he was doing on the crease.
Ochide Tuyisenge went on to record a half century(66 runs off 41 balls) for his side being the only batsman to record a double figure but his efforts were not good enough to help Rwanda to go past Uganda.
Joseph Baguma and Henry Ssenyondo ran the bowling show as each registered figures of 4/14 and 3/20 respectively to help Uganda defend the score.