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MCC bowler Chad Barrett took nine wickets as the club drew with Uganda in the opening two-day fixture of their 2013 tour of the country.
The 24-year-old South African bowler was in fine form at the Kyambogo Oval in Kampala as his 6/33 on day one helped the tourists bowl Uganda out for just 127 in their first innings.
After Uganda won the toss and decided to bat, MCC captain Arfan Akram led his side out into the sweltering conditions, which peaked at around 28 degrees in the afternoon.
But the heat did not get to the tourists as Barrett, who was ably assisted by Rupert Kitzinger (3/24), reduced Uganda to 67/9. However, a spirited last wicket stand of 60, in which Henry Seyondo hit 32 batting at number nine, gave Uganda what would be a respectable 127 all out.
With the momentum of their last wicket stand behind them Uganda came out and bowled superbly to the delight of the home fans on Sunday afternoon. MCC were skittled for 102 all out in their first innings.
Only James Overy (25) and Tom Cox (23), who put on a 42 for the sixth wicket, managed more than single figures in the batting department.
Uganda's 18-year-old opening bowler Faruk Ochimi was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4/35 from his eight over spell, while fellow quick Patrick Ochan bowled impressively to finish wit 2/28 from his ten overs.
Just one wicket fell before the close of play in Uganda's second innings as the home side left the field leading by 96 at the close of play and with nine second-innings wickets in hand.
Day two was always going to be about what lead the home side would build and with the sun out early on, all the signs were promising for a fantastic day's cricket.
Barrett (3/42) was amongst the wickets again as MCC struck early on to stem the flow of runs. Joe Barrs also bowled well as he picked up 2/29, while James Irvine-Fortescue picked up his first wicket off the tour as Uganda were 179/7 at lunch.
With one rain shower already disrupting play, Arfan allowed the hosts' lower-order a chance to set a target as he used some part-timers in a tactical declaration bowling spell.
At 217/7 Uganda declared, setting MCC 260 to win in the last two sessions. Sadly, what would have been an exciting run-chase was curtailed by an absolute deluge and both captains shook hands just after 2pm.