Uganda 249 for 5 (Mukasa 97, Kayondo 55, Outerbridge 2 for 46) beat Bermuda (Trott 17, Irfan 6 for 23) by 189 runs
Captain Roger Mukasa singlehandedly outscored the opposition at UKM-YSD Oval, his 97 for Uganda laying the platform for a 189-run walloping of Bermuda a day after a bitter nine-run loss to Malaysia at WCL Division Four. Mukasa repelled the Bermuda attack after being sent in at the toss, adding 137 for the second wicket with Hamu Kayondo (55 off 95 balls) to set up an easily defendable total.
For the second day in a row, star allrounder Kamau Leverock was left out of the Bermuda lineup for disciplinary reasons. A source informed ESPNcricinfo that Bermuda team management investigated whether they would possibly be allowed a replacement player in their 14-man tournament squad for non-injury reasons, presumably in relation to Leverock after his tirade at team training on Saturday, but were denied.
Without Leverock’s runs at the top of the order, Bermuda struggled badly once again as Uganda opened their defence of 249 by using two spinners with the new ball. The strategy was near flawless on what has proven to be a spinners paradise in UKM-YSD Oval’s early days as an international venue as Mohammed Irfan and Frank Nsubuga shredded the Bermuda line-up, both men bowling unbroken ten-over spells to leave Bermuda 51 for 9 after 20 overs.
Irfan claimed career-best figures of 6 for 23 while Nsubuga kept pressure at the other end and finished with 2 for 27. Uganda didn’t bowl a single ball of pace in the match as Henry Ssenyondo and Brian Masaba took over from Irfan and Nsubuga to split the last two wickets to bowl Bermuda out for 60 in 21.4 overs. The significant net run rate impact for each side means Uganda is still very much in the promotion hunt at 1-1 while Bermuda will have a very difficult time avoiding relegation at 0-2 as they are yet to face Jersey and Denmark, two of the pre-tournament favourites.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo’s USA correspondent @PeterDellaPenna
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