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MCC suffered the first defeat of their tour to Uganda following a narrow two run defeat against a Uganda XI on Friday 11 October.
In a game where the momentum swung back and forth, MCC came up agonisingly short in the 50-over clash at the picturesque Entebbe Oval on the outskirts of Kampala.
Chasing 207 to win having restricted the hosts to 206/7 from their 50 overs, MCC finished on 204/9 to the delight of the Ugandan spectators and players, who were hurting from their defeat on Wednesday at Lugogo.
The Ugandan skipper Frank Nsubuga won the toss and decided to have a bat in the serene settings of a ground which is flanked on all sides by an idyllic golf course.
MCC bowled tightly, with Clinton Perren picking up 3/16 bowling spin. Openers Chad Barrett (2/44) and Rupert Kitzinger (1/24) bowled nicely as Uganda failed at any point to really accelerate.
Selowa Mukobe (58) and Richard Okia (46no) both batted well but neither grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.
In reply, MCC got off to a slow start as Uganda showed once again how strong their bowling department is.
MCC captain Arfan Akram went early bringing Perren to the crease to join fellow Australian Dean Morrison (35). The pair batted with care and attention before Perren was caught in the deep for a well earned 42.
Soon the tourists found themselves in a spot of bother as wickets fell at regular intervals and with the run rate dropping the possibility of a close finish looked unlikely.
However, a ninth wicket stand between Barrett (22) and Paul Carter (27no) shook things up and suddenly - after some lusty blows from both - MCC were right back in it. Barrett, who was hitting the ball cleanly, was caught with just two balls left in the innings to bring Joe Barrs to the crease.
Yet, only a single was managed from the penultimate delivery leaving the tourists needing five to win from the final delivery. Two runs were managed which gave Uganda the victory that they had so desired.
Attentions now turn to three t20 games in the space of two days, starting with the first on Saturday afternoon against Uganda at the Lugogo Oval, followed by two matches against Uganda and Rwanda at the same venue on Sunday.