MCC win one and lose one
After a win against Uganda A, the MCC were confident going into their match against Uganda Under-19s. The match was a rare multi-day match at associate Under-19 level, taking place over two days.
Any confidence the MCC had soon vanished though as they were quickly bowled out for 98 in the 34th over. Dennis Tabby was the pick of the Ugandan bowlers, taking 4/21. The Ugandans failed to capitalise on this fine start though, and were themselves bowled out quickly for 97, the MCC gaining an unlikely first innings lead thanks to Glamorgan's David Harrison, who took an excellent 7/22.
There was no collapse in the MCC's second innings, and Mark Wagh (83) and skipper Jamie Dalrymple (100 not out) ensured that they were able to declare on 252/3, setting Uganda Under-19s a stiff target of 254. Dalrymple then turned his match into a fine all-round performance after taking 5/33 to dismiss the Ugandans for 145, giving the MCC a 108 run win.
The next day, the MCC took on the full Ugandan side for the first time on the tour. The match was a low-scoring but close encounter. Ugandan captain Joel Olwenyi won the toss and put the tourists into bat and three wickets each for Frank Nsubuga and Charles Waiswa helped bowl then out for 173.
Uganda had three batsmen dismissed for ducks, with Dalrymple and Jonny Wightman taking three wickets each, but the rest of the batting order held it together long enough for Uganda to chase down their target in the 49th over to win by three wickets. Junior Kwebiha top scored for them with 38,
The MCC players will now spend some time coaching the Ugandans before the two sides play each other in a three-day match at the Kyambogo Oval, starting on Friday. With Uganda having not played a three-day match since the 2005 Intercontinental Cup, the MCC will be favourites for the match, but with Uganda's win in this match, along with familiarity with the conditions could mean that the match is closer than the MCC may think.