Tuesday, September 20
Ghana – 133/9
Uganda – 135/2 (19.4/20 ov)
*Uganda win by 8 wickets
Wednesday, September 21
*Uganda Vs Kenya
Simon Ssesazi scored a half-century as Uganda beat Ghana by eight wickets to storm semis of the ongoing 2022 Africa T20 Cup in South Africa.
The 8-wicket win helps the Cricket Cranes top Group A with maximum points having beaten Botswana and Mozambique earlier.
Uganda were very comfortable in the chase after restricting Ghana to 133 thanks to Kenneth Waisswa (3-28) and Juma Miyagi (2-23) who picked three and two wickets respectively.
James Vifah and Samson Awiah scored 45 and 39 runs respectively to lead the way for Kenya.
But Uganda were brilliant with the ball, reaching the target with 14 balls to spare.
“Good aspects from the boys today, though we didn’t execute our bowling plans as we should have at the end of the day we played very comfortably and Simon (Ssesazzi) and Brian (Masaba) gave us a good start,” Uganda coach Laurence Mahatlane said.
“We still have a lot of areas to improve, and our semi-final against Kenya tomorrow hopefully we can tick the small boxes that are left to tick but we are excited about the game.”
Riazat Ali Shah’s 17 and Captain Brian Masaba’s 32 complimented Ssesazi’s 56 run-per-ball unbeaten effort as Uganda progressed to the semi-finals.
Deus Muhumuza had 10 off 15 before he was caught by Joseph Theodore to pave way for Riazat.
Uganda takes on Kenya on Thursday in the first semi-final at the Sahara Park Willmoore cricket stadium, at 10 am EAT.
Kenya whose rivalry with Uganda needs no introduction, finished second in Group B behind neighbors Tanzania.
Uganda already had one foot in the semis after their game with Mozambique, but Captain Brian Masaba remarked that in such tournaments, maintaining the momentum is important for the team, and he thinks his side had a much better game than they had against Mozambique in the groups.
“We look forward to the game against Kenya, and that is a big game for us because our games against them are always tough and intense,” said Masaba.
“But it’s just another game to us as long as we go and execute as we should.”
Tanzania meet Botswana in the other Semifinal.