Uganda Stops Nepal In ICC World Cricket Opening Match

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Phillemon Mpho Mukobe was outstanding with 84 runs, while Brian Masaba and Jonathan Sebanja picked 51 and 20 runs respectively. Nepal's 23- year- old Naresh Budayair picked a game high 62 runs for his team.

The Uganda National Cricket team made a winning start on Thursday at the on-going International Cricket Council-ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The team captained by Frank Nsubuga beat favorites Nepal by 20 runs in a game played at the Kinrara Academy Oval. Uganda that started poorly scored 203/8 while Nepal chased and collapsed at 183 (48.5 overs).

Phillemon Mpho Mukobe was outstanding with 84 runs, while Brian Masaba and Jonathan Sebanja picked 51 and 20 runs respectively. Nepal's 23- year- old Naresh Budayair picked a game high 62 runs for his team.

Uganda's team handled by former South African International Peter Kirsten will next face Singapore in the second game on Friday. In the other games played on Thursday, Singapore beat hosts Malaysia by 2 wickets while Unites States of America beat Bermuda by six wickets with 169 balls remaining.

The tournament which started today and ends on October 30 was meant to take place in Uganda, but the  International Cricket Council (ICC) made a change because of security fears in Uganda. The decision was reached by the ICC citing an elevation in it's ongoing safety and security assessment due to recent developments.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson stressed that the safety and security of players and officials was of paramount importance to the ICC hence the decision.  The six teams taking part include; Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, USA and Bermuda.