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MCC get first Uganda win

Clinton Perren on his way to 59
Clinton Perren on his way to 59

MCC picked up their first win of the tour of Uganda with a comprehensive six wicket victory over the Uganda Emerging XI in a 40-over game in Kampala.

Joe Barrs shone with the ball as the hosts were all out for 171 before Clinton Perren struck the first MCC fifty of the trip as the visitors cruised to 175/4 at the Lugogo Oval.

The fixture was the first limited overs match of the tour and coincided nicely with Ugandan Independence Day; a national holiday for all.

In muggy overcast conditions MCC captain Arfan Akram won the toss and decided to have a bowl, and was soon rewarded with an early breakthrough from Rupert Kitzinger as the Emerging XI were reduced to 10/1.

But it was 22-year-old first-time tourist Barrs who stole the show with the ball for MCC.

Coming on first change, he ripped through the Emerging XI's top order to finish with figures of 4/16 from just 6.3 overs.

James Irvine-Fortescue also got in on the act with 3/32 from his eight overs, while opening bowler Chad Barrett (2/35) bowled with pace and accuracy.

Set 172 to win it was always going to be hard-work for Uganda's up-and-coming players - their coach Johan Rudolph will play his full-strength team in Friday's 50-over clash at Entebbe - and MCC made sure they got the job done, thanks mainly to Perren.

The former Queensland batsman struck the ball with menace whenever offered anything slightly off-line in his innings of 59.

Perren was given a reprieve early on in his innings however, after being recalled by the opposition captain in a fine moment of sportsmanship.

Adjudged to be out lbw despite a clear inside edge, Perren was trudging off but after a quick consultation in the middle the Ugandan players decided it was not in the spirit of the games they knew he was clearly not out.

However, that incident may not have been crucial in a game where MCC looked comfortable chasing down the runs.

An entertaining cameo from David Cranfield-Thompson (25), aided by Irvine-Fortescue (26no) and Dean Morrison (15no) saw MCC home with overs to spare.

All eyes now turn to Friday's encounter between Uganda and MCC at Entebbe; the game is likely to be the toughest on the tour for MCC as Uganda will play a full strength side.

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