Kenneth Waiswa bowling Credit: Courtesy

Ruaraka Sports Club had their opponents against the wall on 100-5 but dropped chances gave Swamipaba a lifeline that allowed them coast to 213 in their 49.2 overs.

Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba and his comrades Kenneth Waiswa and Zephaniah Arinaitwe were turning out for Ruaraka Sports Club.

The much-needed workout across the border should help the Cricket Cranes stars to stay in shape ahead of a grilling upcoming international season.

Kenneth Waiswa who is making a return to bowling after over two years break was able to bend his back for 9 overs giving away 30 runs for two wickets, an impressive return on the dry Ruaraka pitch.

In the chase, Zephaniah Arinaitwe (22) got a start but couldn’t convert – the same fate befalling his Captain Brian Masaba (14) while Kenneth Waiswa didn’t make a contribution with the bat.

Ruaraka were bundled out for 114 runs a whopping 99 runs short of the target. Brian Masaba was honest about their 1st game;

“First innings, we had them on the ropes at 100-5, then relaxed and they got away from us to get to 213. We had a good start with the bat 60-2 but collapsed badly in the middle.

“Both Zephaniah and I got starts but didn’t carry on. Lack of game time definitely showed. We are putting in the work this week and make sure we have better outings on Sunday.”

Brian Masaba, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Kenneth Waiswa

The Ugandan trio is still in Nairobi to continue playing more cricket as they get some much-needed game time. They will know their Sunday opponents on Wednesday.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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