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Sport in brief with Jamie J: December 1

MEN’S CRICKET: Uganda beat Rwanda by nine wickets on Thursday to qualify for their first Twenty20 World Cup finals. Chasing Rwanda’s paltry target of 65 Simon Ssesazi hit the winning run at the start of the eighth over.

The Ugandans beat Zimbabwe last weekend and suffered their only loss in the African tournament to hosts and fellow qualifiers Namibia. The 2024 World Cup will be held in the US and West Indies.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Unbeaten table-toppers The New Saints will be looking to preserve their nine-point lead in the Cymru Premier when they visit Haverfordwest tomorrow afternoon while second-placed Connah’s Quay are up against Barry Town.

Basement-dwellers Aberystwyth travel to Cardiff Met, Newtown face Colwyn Bay, Bala are Bridgend-bound to take on Penybont and Pontypridd, who have scored just six goals in 17 games, host Caernarfon.

MEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE: Australia’s National Rugby League champions the Penrith Panthers have confirmed that they will travel to play England’s top dogs Wigan in next year’s World Club Challenge.

Despite Australian sides having won seven of the last nine Challenges Penrith have yet to take the title, losing by a golden point to St Helens in February and suffering a 21-4 loss to Wigan in the 1991 final at Anfield.  

MEN’S BASKETBALL: The NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic division’s top two clash when the Philadelphia 76ers visit Boston today. The Celtics have the best record in the east with just four losses.

Champions Denver are at the Phoenix Suns while Minnesota, the Western Conference’s form team, travel to Charlotte. Detroit drag the NBA’s worst record of just two wins into their home game with Cleveland tomorrow morning.

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