Challenge League B: Uganda Make Light Work Of Italy

Friday, June 24
Italy – 120
Uganda – 121/3 (24.2/50 ov)
*Uganda won by 7 wickets

Uganda beat Italy by seven wickets to pick their second win of the ongoing second round of the Challenge League B at Kyambogo.

The Cricket Cranes restricted Italy to just 124 all out before making light work of the chase inside 25 overs.

Dinesh Nakrani (2-25), Cosmas Kyewuta (2-31) and Henry Ssenyondo (2-36) were outstanding as Uganda suffocated Italy.

Cricket Cranes players celebrate a wicket at Kyambogo

“I think the Boys were extra special today. I thought they bowled quite well, actually there was a time when they had to absorb a little bit of pressure but Ken (Kenneth Waiswa) bowled well in that middle over,” stated Cricket Cranes coach Laurence Mahatlane.

Riazat Ali Sha picked the first wicket of the game’s first ball, Masaba and Akankwasa also grabbed a wicket each as they strolled through Italy’s batting order.

In reply, Uganda wasted little time with Kenneth Waiswa (35) and Dinesh Nakrani (25) both hitting unbeaten totals to see the side cruise home with 154 balls remaining.

But the side needed to recover from two early wickets of Emmanuel Hasahya (5) and Simon Ssesazi (15) who fell in the third and seventh over of the game.

Ronak Patel (right) coming in

Ronak Patel (23) was caught by Singh Mangreep, but that didn’t create any panic for Uganda who then needed 39 runs in 30.2 Overs.

It’s the second win for Uganda who beat Bermuda to recover from two opening losses against Jersey and Hong Kong.

Uganda will return to action on Sunday against Kenya at Lugogo in their final game before the third round that will be played in Jersey.

­­­­­­­­In the other game, Jersey beat Hong Kong by 55 runs at Lugogo, a result that ensured Uganda remain at the summit.

This Challenge League B is played over three rounds with the top side after the three rounds moving on to the next round of qualifiers, in the bid to secure a ticket to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

Table:

  1. Uganda – 14 pts
  2. Hong Kong – 13
  3. Jersey – 12
  4. Kenya – 7
  5. Italy – 5
  6. Bermuda – 1

Remaining Fixtures

June 26
•Kenya v Uganda – Lugogo
•Jersey v Bermuda – Kyambogo

June 27
•Bermuda v Italy – Lugogo
•Kenya v Hong Kong – Kyambogo

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