Africa T20 Cup: Cricket Cranes Beat Mozambique For Second Win

Sunday, September 18
Uganda – 162/7
Mozambique – 124/9 (20/20 ov)
*Uganda won by 38 runs

Uganda’s National Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes beat Mozambique by 38 runs to pick their second victory at the ongoing 2022 Africa T20 Cup at Willowmoore Park in South Africa.

The win, off the back of the 7-wicket victory over Botswana, sends Uganda into the semifinals with one group game to spare.

And coach Laurence Mahatlane’s charges will seek to top the group when they meet Ghana on Tuesday, September 20.

After a sloppy start, Alpesh Ramjani who was making his second national team debut hit 78 runs off 45 balls to help the Cranes set 162.

And they managed to defend the total thanks to huge part from Kenneth Waiswa (4-14) and Juma Miyagi (3-7).

“We learned a few things from the game again, it was exciting to watch young (Joseph) Baguma open the bowling, and I think he bowled really well,” said Coach Mahatlane after the game.

“The way Waiswa and Alpesh batted was very special, and Juma Miyagi keeps putting up his hand every week, today he picked up three wickets which is impressive.”

Having won the toss and elect to bat first, Uganda lost opener Simon Ssesazi inside the third over and the team latter slipped to 37/3 with Brian Masaba (9) and Deus Muhumuza (8) also falling early.

Riazat Ali Sha and Kenneth Waiswa who scored 23 and 26 respectively, had some good spells with Alpesh to help the side leave some heavy workload to Mozambique.

Damiao Couana batted a half-century off 37 balls while Fillipe Cossa had 43 not out as Mozambique tried to respond, but they barely got any support as Cranes aggressively eliminated the rest with ease.

Jose Bulele was bowled by Miyagi on the first ball of the second over, to leave with just one run.

And it couldn’t get more worse as Vieira Tembo, João Huo and Dima Samatama were all taken out with ducks.

The match saw youngsters Joseph Baguma and Munir Ismail handed their debuts on the senior team.

Waiswa is not about to disappear from Mahatlane’s radar of play time as the South African tactician referred to him as a special performer with both the bat and ball.

“He showed what his ability is and I am looking forward to giving him more opportunities in the next game,” Mahatlane emphasized.

Waiswa said: “It was good to go out there and win. We lost an early wicket but we got a good total to defend. I missed bowling, so when I got the chance to bowl, I had to do my best. We are looking forward to the next game against Ghana.”

This is the inaugural edition of the ACA Africa T20 Cup tournament and it is being played in a single round-robin format, at the end of which, the top two teams from each group will go head to head in the knock-out stages. The championship this year features eight African nations.



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