Monday, June 20
Jersey – 275
Kenya – 179 (41/50 ov)
*Jersey won by 96 runs
Uganda – 94
Hong Kong – 96/4 (21.5/50 ov)
*Hong Kong won by 6 wickets
Uganda Cricket Cranes suffered their second loss in as many games at the ongoing second round of the World Cricket Challenge League B.
The Cricket Cranes were beaten by Hong Kong by 6 wickets on Monday at Kyambogo Cricket Oval in Kampala.
It’s the latest blow for Lawrence Mahatlane’s charges who lost to Jersey on Friday, and there will be no time to rest as the side face Bermuda on Tuesday in Lugogo.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, the Cricket Cranes failed to make a good account of themselves when they were all out for just 94.
The loss was inevitable, and Hong Kong made light work of the chase with 169 balls to spare.
Simon Sessazi who scored a 50 against Jersey, went off with a duck and Uganda gave away their next two wickets for just 37 runs.
Ronak Patel tried to create stability but his 35 off 60 proved not enough in a game Dinesh Nakrani and Riazat Ali Sha all registered ducks as the team collapsed from 80/4 to 82/7.
Uganda failed to find solution for Hong Kong’s attack as Yassim Murtaza 3-23 and Ehsan Khan 4-17 flourished with the ball.
In response, the opening pair of Nizakhat Khan (24) and Adit Gorawara (22) cleared the bigger chunk of the target.
Even when Gorawara was bowled by Henry Ssenyondo in the ninth over to leave the side at 54/2, there was little to worry for Hong Kong who then needed 42 in about 41 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Fred Achelam caught Jamie Atkinson and Dinesh bowled Babar Hayat as Uganda tried to find a fighting stance, but Kinchit Shah (15) and Aizaz Khan struck Hong Kong beautifully to the target in just 22 overs.
•Uganda v Bermuda – Lugogo
•Jersey v Italy – Kyambogo
1. Hong Kong – 11
2. Uganda – 10
3. Jersey – 8
4. Kenya – 5
5. Italy – 1
6. Bermuda – 1
None in Uganda’s camp envisioned the tournament to turn out this way after a successful first round in Oman back in 2019 when they won all the five games.
But Uganda was the team to beat, and Jersey set the tone.
The two losses leave Uganda second, a position which may not be that bad if maintained going into the third and last leg in Jersey.
But it’s the top team after three rounds that will not only qualify to the next round of Qualifiers but also attain an ODI status.
Three games, starting with Bermuda on Tuesday, give Uganda a chance to redeem themselves. And there is no room for error from now on.
Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba in his own words: “We didn’t execute effectively, we failed to get partnerships and didn’t get the things going and when we were down we didn’t try to drag the game a bit longer.”
“It was a poor batting performance from us.
We do not have much time to grieve over this loss, we need to get back and find out what is going wrong. We need to win tomorrow (Tuesday), there is no two ways about it. We must get back and analyse very quickly and pick ourselves up.
“It’s a long way to go, we don’t need to worry about what next, we need to take each game at a time; in this tournament any thing can happen, it’s up to us to back our processes, identify where we have done wrong and get back quickly.”