Cricket update

Sports action update from the Golden Jubilee Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

At the beautiful tree-lined cricket pitch of the Jaffery Sports Club Ground, Portugal cantered to a 6-wicket win over Afghanistan with almost five overs to spare. Having won the toss, Portugal reduced Afghanistan to 66-3 after 10 overs. Afghanistan was unable to put pressure on Portugal's medium pacers and spinners and managed a below par 138 after their allotted 20 overs.

Portugal sought to maximise the fielding restrictions, throwing the bat at everything and were lucky to see thick edges fall wide and short of the Afghani fielders. No early wicket and an explosive start meant that the result was never in doubt, but to their tremendous credit, the Afghanistan team were loud, energetic and enthusiastic in the field, as were the Portuguese.

Elsewhere at Ruaraka Sports Club, USA Red and UK played what might just be the game of the tournament. Batting first, UK managed a score of 113-4 in their 20 overs, a score which seemed below par. Faced with a low total against a frustrated UK side, USA were cruising at 90-2 when the fall of a wicket triggered a batting collapse, as the UK held on to half chances and pounced on hesitant running between the wickets. It came down to four to win off the last over. The first five balls produced no runs and a couple of run-outs. On the last ball with all three results still possible, USA scrambled three on a misfield, producing an extraordinary tie. This meant that the game was decided on a bowl-out, and with tensions running high in both camps, USA won 3-0 to seal victory.

In another close match, Kenya A beat Canada by the narrow margin of 3 runs at the Simba Union Sports Club. Having scored 146-3 batting first, Kenya managed to restrict Canada to 143-7 to claim the win.

At the Nairobi Gymkhana, Pakistan beat Uganda in a high scoring match. Pakistan piled up the runs ending their session on 199-3.In response Uganda managed 153-7, 46 runs short.

Football update

Sports action update from the Golden Jubilee Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

Footballers played their first set of round-robin matches at Moi International Sports Centre. Competing in the coliseum-sized stadium, Canada and Pakistan started off an exciting football tournament. While both teams exhibited exceptional sportsmanship, Canada A took a solid lead following an impressive offensive effort. Special notice, however, at today's first match was the Pakistani goalie whose outstanding talent kept the game alive.

The second game between the United States and Portugal took on an exciting intensity due to strong play by both sides. Throughout the first half, Portugal pushed its offense catalysing a strong defence by the Americans. Both teams kept each other in check calling for a final 0-0 goal score. The remaining football teams kick off tomorrow in the second day of round-robin matches.

Traditional Volleyball update

Sports action update from the Golden Jubilee Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

Canada A overcame Tanzania B at traditional volleyball in two games (21-12, 21-7) at Jaffery Sports Club. The atmosphere was superb as partisan fans turned out for both teams. The standard of play was very high but the Tanzanian team had practiced on smaller courts and their net play was found wanting by the very efficient Canadian side. In the other match-up of the day, Tanzania A clinched a win over Pakistan.