Rwenzori Warriors are on a roll. Last Saturday, the Uganda side proved they are no pushovers when they blanked Kongonis by six wickets at the Nairobi Club to retain their position at the top of the Crown Berger-sponsored East African Premier League as the tournament entered its sixth week.
By then, they were also on top of the East Africa Cup (50-overs) table.
Even though they had secured three wins from five matches in the 50-overs competition, in the T20 competition (before last Saturday’s win) they had managed five wins from five matches.
Second with 12 points secured from three wins in five matches are the Nile Knights, another Ugandan club which by Saturday had secured two wins in five games in the 50-overs East Africa Cup.
In their fifth 50-overs match against Kongonis at Kyambogo Oval in Kampala, Rwenzori bowled out the visitors for a mere 72 runs after a late start because of rain.
Match televised live
In reply, they scored 73 for the loss of three wickets in a match that was televised by the Pan African satellite TV channel, SuperSport.
Three bowlers bagged three wickets apiece: Charles Waiswa (3 for 17) Brian Masaba (3 for 25) and man-of-the-match Roger Mukasa took three wickets and conceded only seven runs.
Seren Waters was caught off the first ball of the game by Masaba. That was Waiswa’s first wicket. Three balls later, Gordon Brown was back in the pavilion, bowled, and Kongonis were two wickets down without a single run on the board.
Kongonis’ third wicket, Rakep Patel was also taken by Waiswa. Abdul Rehman and Chris Childs took the score carefully to 57 before Rehman was trapped leg before by Masaba.
Dominic Wesonga went for a duck and Childs scored 24 before he fell to Masaba when the scores were 70 for the loss of seven wickets.
Dhiren Gondaria, Emmanuel Bundi and Martin Okoth managed just two runs between them as Kongonis’ innings came to an end.
Rwenzori’s innings were marked by the running out of Abu Seguya (8) and Mohammed Shafeek (13), and the bowling out of Mukasa who managed only 18 runs.
Sematimba steers Rwenzori
Shahzad Kemal (12 not out) and captain Lawrence Sematimba (12) were on hand to steer Rwenzori over the line to secure the seven-wicket victory.
Before that win, they had beaten the visitors by five runs in the EAPL (T20) encounter at the same venue.
In the EAC (50-overs), Nile Knights are third behind Kongonis who entered the sixth week with 14 points secured from three wins after five matches.
On the same weekend Rwenzori were slaughtering their visiting opponents in Kampala, Nile Knights were also proving their mettle against the winless Coast Pekee at Entebbe.
In the EAC match, Nile Knights scored 178 for the loss of six wickets in a rain-interrupted encounter that was reduced to 38 overs.
In reply, Coast Pekee could only manage 100 in 34 overs, thus losing by 78 runs. Coast Pekee’s trouble at Entebbe had started the previous day when they lost the EAPL (T20) match by 10 wickets.