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MCC win thrilling t20 with Uganda

MCC huddle following the fall of a Uganda wicket
MCC huddle following the fall of a Uganda wicket

MCC beat Uganda at the Lugogo Oval by 7 runs on Sunday 13 October to claim their second t20 win of the 2013 tour, having beating Rwanda earlier in the day.

In a widely anticipated match, following MCC's poor showing on the previous day, a Sunday afternoon crowd at the ground in Kampala were treated to a pulsating game of cricket.

Following the comprehensive nine wicket victory over Rwanda - in which James Overy top scored with 29 not out after the East African side had been bowled out for just 59 - it was time for the second t20 of the tour against Uganda.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, MCC complied a 122/5 thanks in the main to a steady knock from opening batsman James Wood.

The 28-year-old hit 43 not out as he carried his bat in an innings that would prove to be decisive.

Set 123 to win Uganda struggled early on as opening bowler Chad Barrett bowled with pace and venom, while Austrlian Clinton Perren kept things tight at the other end with his off-spin.

The former Queensland bowler took 3/13 and Rupert Kitzinger - who was used as third change in the shorter format - bowled beautifully to pick up 3/21 from his four overs.

However, during the middle spell of Uganda's innings, some big hitting swung the game marginally back in the hosts' favour. Yet MCC made sure that they weren't going to suffer another defeat and taking wickets at regular intervals made the difference as Uganda finished on 115/9 from their allotted overs.

Both Joe Barrs and Paul Carter chipped in with a wicket apiece as Uganda fell just seven runs short in a fantastic game of cricket on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Uganda's capital city.

The tourists just have one more game left in their tour as they face Rwanda in a 50-over match at the same venue on Monday 14 October.

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