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This was the inaugural edition of the East Africa Cup. Despite the Ugandan teams having some brilliant performances in the 50-over league in the inaugural season, like their T20 counterparts, the Kenyan team had a far better performances than they had in the T20 parallel. Kongonis went all the way to becoming champions, although the final was postponed two times due to rain and heavy showers in Nairobi, the venue of the final, as they scored 280/5 in their first innings, and young Kenyan rookie Mithesh Sanghani getting 19 wickets despite his team, Rift Valley Rhinos were eliminated in the group stage. While one of the Ugandan teams, Rwenzori Warriors were eliminated in the league phrase, the other team, Nile Knights were quite soundly defeated by Kongonis in the final. This turned out to be a boost for Kenya, as new, young, fine talent like Sanghani and Peter Kituku were unearthed and were called up to the national team.
The inaugural tournament was a success, with both the East African competitions being up and running, according to Sears. It had some superb competitive cricket, with nearly every team holding an edge over the other. The East African competitions has proved to be a yardstick for national selection, with good performers being called up.
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