CWC Challenge League Group B continued yesterday in Uganda with wins for Hong Kong and Kenya.

Hong Kong won the toss in their game against Italy and chose to bat first, only for Gareth Berg to remove their top three. Kinchit Shah came in at the fall of the third wicket and helped take his team from 54-3 to 85-4. At this point he was joined by Aizaz Khan and the pair set about a big partnership.

When Khan was eventually out for 75, the pairing had put on 172 for the fifth wicket, giving Hong Kong a great platform. Shah made 102 before he was the sixth man out and Hong Kong were bowled out one ball short of their quota having made 283. Gareth Berg was the pick of the Italian bowlers with 5-51, Jaspreet Singh also bowling well to finish with 3-58.

At 101-8 at the halfway stage of their reply, Italy were looking dead and buried, but Hong Kong struggled to deal the final blow as the ninth wicket pairing of Crishan Kalugamage and Jaspreet Singh put on 124. Kalugamage was dismissed for 50 and Singh was able to stay in much longer as he was dismissed for 81 in the next over.

The final margin of 58 was better than Italy would have been expecting at the halfway stage, and that ninth wicket partnership could well prove crucial in the long run if net run rate comes into play. Hong Kong will be worried about how they let Italy back into the game after having them firmly on the back foot.

Bermuda also chose to bat first after winning the toss against Kenya but were bundled out for just 107, Kamau Leverock's 29 their top score. Elijah Otieno was the leading wicket taker with 5-21 and Emmanual Bundi took 4-26.

Kenya were mostly untroubled in their reply with opener Rushab Patel scoring an unbeaten 49 to help his team complete a six wicket win in just 19 overs.

Today is a rest day before two more matches tomorrow. Jersey take on Kenya, whilst hosts Uganda come up against Hong Kong.