24 January 2009
Ugandan coach Ebrahim Mohamed was delighted with his side’s performance after it managed to hold off a determined
“I am very, very happy that we got a victory on the opening day and it will be tough challenging in the rest of the week,” said Ebrahim.
“I am sure we will only get better and better as the week goes on.”
Uganda, after winning the toss, made a solid start to its innings, with Arthur Kyobe (50) and Roger Mukasa (38) putting on a steady stand of 65 for the opening wicket.
The pick of the Afghan bowlers was Samiullah Shenwari (3-32), although the usually reliable Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi on the receiving end of some brutal hitting, including 17 off one Nabi over.
But a brilliant 121-run partnership from Rais Ahmadzai (78) and Samiullah Shenwari (52), who combined some excellent hitting with some good placement, putting it within touching distance of a famous victory, until the fall of some late wickets left it 14 runs short of the target.
“We started off well and had a difficult middle period where we gave them too many easy singles which started to build the pressure on us. The more dot balls we bowled the more pressure there was on us at the end,” added the Ugandan coach.
“I am very sad for myself as I thought we were going to win this match at one stage,” said Rais Ahmadzai.
“But we have not lost the tournament and I believe that we can still recover.”
Five wickets for
And PNG coach Martin Gleeson was pleased by the performance of his side and the manner in which it achieved its victory.
“It was not as easy a win as the scoreboard suggests. It may have looked easy but we had to work pretty hard in getting our wickets and to get ourselves back in the game,” said Gleeson.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and for our skipper to lead the way in the bowling was excellent.”
Cayman Islands, who were inserted into bat after losing the toss, had made a steady start, with Ainsley Hall (30) and Ramon Sealy (17) adding 43 for the opening wicket before Willie Gavera took the opening wicket.
Even at 81-2, the
“We are here to play the best cricket we can and Vani plays an attractive style of cricket. I also have to point out that the running between the wickets was outstanding and that gave us a brilliant start,” added Gleeson.
An excellent wicket-keeping display from James Atkinson was the foundation of Hong Kong’s 7-wicket triumph over
Atkinson claimed six dismissals as
And Hong Kong reached its target with relative ease with Zain Abbas (34 not out) playing a vital innings, although
“It was really important to get off to a good start in this tournament,” said Atkinson, who won the Man of the Match Award.
“It is pleasing to get six dismissals, but it is more important that we got the wickets and recorded a victory.”
In Sunday’s fixtures,