Knights, Warriors reach EAPL semis

 

Ugandan franchise led by skipper Karashani (3rd L) celebrate their win over Sameer Simbas at Simba Union yesterday. Courtesy Photo.

By Darren Allan Kyeyune

 

 

IN SUMMARY

Both Ugandan franchises’ captains Lawrence Ssematimba of Warriors and Davis Karashani of Knights will give their fringe players a chance to play today but must win their remaining games to avoid facing off in the semis.

Ugandan franchises Knights and Warriors, yesterday, progressed into the semi-finals of the on-going Twenty20 East Africa Premier League in Nairobi.

Significant improvement with batting helped defending champions Warriors to a 24 and 86-run win over star-studded Rising Star Chuis and I&M Bank Nyatis at Nairobi Club.

The latter result left Lawrence Ssematimba’s side on top of Group A with a better Net Run Rate (NRR) ahead of their last pool game against Chuis this afternoon.

Likewise, Knights defeated Sameer Simba by 70 runs to ensure they advanced to the last four with one Group B game to spare – against Express Ndovus this morning at Simba Union Oval. “We had a shaky start after losing one game on Wednesday but today’s win is worth celebrating,” said Knights captain Davis Karashani.

“This is the same momentum we are going to carry till the end.”

After Karashani won toss, Arthur Kyobe continued to exude his form with a half-ton of 87 runs off 57 balls to help Knights set 176 for 5.

Kyobe’s knock, which was supplemented by Richard Okia’s brutal 53, earned the 24-year-old KShs10,000 (Shs300,000) Man-Of-Match honour. “I stuck to the coach’s words, remained patient and it paid off,” said Kyobe after making the tournament’s highest score thus far.

Simba fell apart for 106 with Raymond Otim (4/10) being the chief destroyer. At Nairobi Club, Roger Mukasa fired 43 while Jonathan Ssebanja took the match award with a quick-fire 41 runs and two wickets.

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