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T20: Cricket Cranes claim Botswana scalp

By Dorothy Nekesa

Monday, May 20
Uganda 142/7 beat Botswana 90 (18/20 ov) by 52 runs

Kenya 106/2 (12/2/15 ov) beat Nigeria 105/5 by 8 wickets with 6 balls remaining

Namibia 92/1 (10.5/20 ov) beat Ghana 91/7 by 9 wickets with 55 balls remaining

Tuesday, May 21
Namibia Vs Uganda, 9:30 AM – Kyambogo
Kenya Vs Ghana, 9:30 AM – Lugogo
Botswana Vs Nigeria, 1:50 PM – Lugogo
 

Cricket Cranes kick started their ICC T20 World Cup Africa Final qualifying tournament with a bang sending a clear statement to Visitors Botswana in their opening game.

Cranes captain Roger Mukasa’s 52 runs coupled with Arnold Otwani’s 44  and six boundaries off 27 balls set Uganda’s game pace. Hamu Kayondo and Riazat Ali Sha’s 30 and 24 posting respectively fetched the Cranes 142 runs for the fall of seven wickets. Charles Waiswa and Frank Nsubuga’s two wickets a piece topped Uganda’s lead. 

With 6 nations vying for one slot, Uganda as hosts ought to keep their heads above the water. After day one victory skipper Roger Mukasa is positive the team’s goal remains the same take on one game at a time.

“A good start is always a stronghold for a team and we look forward to improving on our fielding as well as better our runs as a unit” Mukasa added.

The Sunday heavy down pour saw opening day fixtures rescheduled for Wednesday. Uganda takes on Namibia Tuesday at the Kyambogo oval.

Uganda’s Innings:

Did not bat: H Ssenyondo, C Waiswa

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Z Arinaitwe, 1.1 ov), 2-19 (RG Mukasa, 2.6 ov), 3-84 (A Otwani, 11.2 ov), 4-97 (HB Kayondo, 13.3 ov), 5-110 (DM Nakrani, 15.4 ov), 6-132 (Riazat Ali Shah, 18.2 ov), 7-141 (D Muhumuza, 19.5 ov)

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