Challenge League B: Cricket Cranes Seek To Make Amends

Friday, June 17

•Jersey beat Uganda by 62 runs

Saturday, June 18
•Hong Kong beat Italy by 58 runs
•Kenya beat Bermuda by 6 wickets

Sunday, June 19
•Rest Day

Monday, June 20
•Jersey Vs Kenya – Lugogo
•Hong Kong Vs Uganda – Kyambogo


Table:
1. Uganda – 10
2. Hong Kong – 9
3. Jersey – 6
4. Kenya – 5
5. Italy – 5
6. Bermuda – 1


Uganda’s National Men senior Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes, will hope to hit the ground running in the second round of the ongoing Cricket World Cup Challenge League B.

The Cranes had a false start after a 62-run loss against Jersey in the opener on Friday at Lugogo.

And Cricket Cranes coach Lawrence Mahatlane wants his side to execute “our plans” to get back to winning ways.

“The biggest thing for us is to make sure that we hit our process, if you look at the Jersey game, we didn’t bat all our overs and we mised our opportunities in the field,” Mahatlane told the media after Sunday’s training session.

“We could have had few wickets early on which could have put them (Jersey) under pressure. But I thought we did well to come back because at one stage it looked like Jersey were going to score 320 so the boys showed a lot of character in fighting back.

“From the batting front, we got a good start, we were well ahead of the game and just in the middle we didn’t apply ourselves well enough so for me it’s about application and making sure we stick to our processes.”

Cricket Cranes had fancied their chances after Jersey had set 255 for 6 in their innings.

But besides Simon Ssesazi (50) and Ronak Patel (64), there was little support from the rest of the batting order despite an impressive start.

Fred Achelam squeezed a 21 off 43 balls while the ever reliable Riazat Ali Shah could only manage 10.

Deus Muhumuza came back after retiring early hurt, but even his show of braveness was not enough to prevent a well oiled and determined Jersey side.

Muhumuza will face late fitness test on Monday morning after his little involvement in Sunday’s training and he remains a game-time decision.

Hong Kong (red) beat Italy at Lugogo. Bata Images

Monday’s opponent Hong Kong, beat Italy by 58 runs in Lugogo after they had set 283.

But Uganda will back themselves having beaten Hong Kong by 6 wickets at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Oman on December 11 2019 during the first round of this ongoing Challenge League B.

Then, Hong Kong who was forced in to bat, were all out with just 147, a total that Uganda overturned in 36.2 overs.

Mahatlane added: “It’s one game at a time, we have back to back games that is Monday and Tuesday, and hopefully we can pick some momentum and run with it.

“When you are representing 45m people is a privilege to have pressure. What I am looking forward to is us executing our game plan, we watched them (Hong Kong) play, and we know what to do.”

The Local fans who came out to support Cricket Cranes ok Friday. Photo via Uganda Cricket Association

The Challenge League is a qualification pathway to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.

Uganda Squad – Fred Achelam, Simon Ssesazi, Ronak Patel, Brian Masaba, Frank Akankwasa, Emmanuel Hasahya, Dinesh Nakrani, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Frank Nsubuga, Juma Miyagi, Henry Ssenyondo

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