On a hot day that saw temperatures rise up to 33 degrees Celsius, Uganda won the toss at the Kahlin Oval in Darwin and chose to bat against Hong Kong.
The Ugandan innings got off to a terrible start as Roger Mukasa was dismissed from the fourth ball for a duck, but Uganda skipper Joel Olweyni steadied the ship, scoring 60 as he and Benjamin Musoke put on 86 for the third wicket. Musoke stayed in, putting on 57 for the fourth wicket with Junior Kwebiiha who was dismissed for 39, Musoke following him back to the dressing room shortly after for 48. The final wicket pairing then put on 31 to lift Uganda to 220/5 from their 50 overs.
The Ugandan bowlers then had thing their way when Hong Kong batted. Olweyni completed a fine all-round performance with 3/15 whilst Charles Waiswa took 3/18. Irfan Ahmed tried to hold the innings together with an unbeaten 34, but no other Hong Kong batsman got a start as they were bowled out for 129.
At Tracy Village, Tanzania batted first against the Cayman Islands, and reached 206/6 from their 50 overs, Kakonzi top scoring with an unbeaten 82. The target was no problem whatsoever for the Cayman Islands, with openers Steve Gordon and Ainsley Hall both scoring centuries as they chased down the target without losing a wicket.
In Group A, Italy batted first against Argentina and reached 175/9 from their 50 overs with former Lancashire and South Australia all-rounder Joe Scuderi top scoring with 35. Donald Forrester led the Argentinian chase with 66, and the match went right down to the wire, with Argentina needing two runs from the last ball of the match, but instead they lost their final wicket.
In the battle of the two East-Asia/Pacific teams, Fiji, missing players due to a travel ban imposed by the Australian government on those with connections to the Fijian government, were dismissed for 138. PNG almost made a meal of that small target, and reached it with just one ball to spare, Chris Amini top scoring with an unbeaten 71.