Uganda draws three-day game
After a few days spent training Ugandan youngsters, the MCC's tour of Uganda got back on the field with a three-day match against the national side, Uganda's first since the 2005 Intercontinental Cup.
Alex Wharf was injured, but the MCC still had one England international in their line-up and Jamie Dalrymple was to the fore with his spin bowling, taking 4/62 in the Ugandan first innings. Fellow spinner Chris Peploe took 4/35 as Uganda were bowled out for 220, Raymond Otim top scoring with 54.
With their experienced side, the MCC should have then secured a first innings lead, but with the exception of Bilal Shafyat (68 not out) and Mark Wagh (47) no batsman was able to get a start and the MCC were dismissed for 193 with Kenneth Kamyuka taking 3/36 for the home team.
Dalrymple's spin was again on form in the Ugandan second innings as he took 4/66. A low order partnership between Joel Olwenyi (56) and Frank Nsubuga (44) enabled Uganda to declare on 195/7, setting the tourists a target of 223 in 47 overs.
Any hopes the MCC had of securing a win evaporated when Charles Waiswa took two quick wickets at the top of the order. With Davis Arinaitwe bowling his off-spin well, taking 3/22 from 15 overs, the MCC were unable to increase their scoring rate. The draw was agreed by both captains with five overs left in the days play.
This brings to end the series of matches against Ugandan sides, but the tour continues with two one-day matches against Kenya Under-19s. All in all this has been a successful tour for both the MCC and Uganda. Though cricket is often secondary on these tours, which are in general more about development, the cricket on this tour has been of a fine standard.
It is good to see an associate outside the Intercontinental Cup get experience at the longer form of the game, and this will stand Uganda in good stead as they look to qualify for the 2009 World Cup Qualifier when they play in Division Three of the World Cricket League in Argentina early in 2009.