Netherlands open with win over Uganda
An inspired bowling performance from Michael Rippon and fifties from Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren saw the Netherlands cruise to victory in their opening match against Uganda. Shaking off their consecutive warm-up defeats, the Dutch rolled up the Ugandan batting line-up for 152 before knocking off the total within 31 overs to pick up and seven wicket win.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Ugandan openers Roger Mukasa and Abram Mutyagaba set a solid if cautious foundation as they built a 76 run opening stand, but when Musaka fell in the 17th over, trapped lbw by Michael Swart for 44, the momentum began to shift. The run-rate slowed to a crawl, and after Swart claimed a second scalp in the form of Hamza Saleh six over later the wheels began to come off the Ugandan innings.
It was Sussex's left-arm wrist spinner Michael Rippon who did the damage, claiming three wickets in quick succession on his way to figures of 10-15-4. With the Ugandans reeling on 5-115, Mudassar Bukhari came into the attack to expose the fragility of the middle order, dismissing Davis Karashani and Frank Nsubuga in the space of one over. From there on it was one way traffic as Uganda slumped to 152 all-out.
Stephan Myburgh got the Dutch reply off to a blazing start, hitting 22 from 12 balls before becoming young Faruk Ochimi's first competitive wicket for his country. Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi added another 35 to take the Netherlands to 62 before the former nicked one through to the keeper off the bowling of Davis Karashani.
Skipper Peter Borren then promoted himself up the order to join Barresi in the middle, and the pair set about the Ugandan attack - each picking up a fifty as the Dutch cruised toward a convincing win. Borren was to fall to Charles Waiswa for 50 with the end in sight, but by then the game was in the bag, Barresi bringing an end to proceedings two overs later with an emphatic six - and his team clinched the win with over 19 overs to spare.