4th ODI Match:
Uganda v Qatar
*Uganda 155 all out 38.2/50 over
Kenneth Waiswa 31
Simon Ssesazi 29
*Qatar 156/6 47.4/50 overs
Kuram Shazad 45 not out
Ikramullah Muhamed 39 not out
•Qatar won by 4 wickets
The Cricket Cranes’ tour of Qatar ended in a tie after the hosts recovered from two successive losses to win the final game of the bilateral series that was hosted in the Qatar capital, Doha.
Uganda, after falling to Qatar in the opening game of the series, had taken a 2-1 lead following their back to back wins, but Qatar returned with a bang in the final match to beat Uganda by 4 wickets on Tuesday to tie the series 2-2.
Uganda had last played this longer version of cricket in August last year so for the Cricket cranes coach Laurance Mahatlane, lessons were learnt from the tour.
“The most important thing is just understanding you can’t get too many soft moments,” Mahatlane emphasized.
“If you look at the first game, and most probably the last, an experienced side will take those opportunities, but it’s part of our growth, part of lessons learnt for the boys.
“A lot of positives to take away from the tour. Next we need to start focusing on T20 cricket. We should have a couple of series this coming months so we’ll hopefully start fine tuning ourselves for the qualifiers in Namibia.”
The tour will remain a memorable one for some players! All-rounder Kenneth Waiswa is one of those having hit the team’s only century in this series.
Captain Brian Masaba said: “For me the standout guys are Kenneth Waiswa’s 100, Cyrus Kakuru’s contributions at the back end of the innings, coming through with a 50 and abit of runs, Roger Mukasa contributing with some runs, Alpesh Ramjani both with the bat and the ball. A lot of positives, a good foundation we can build on.”
The team returns on Wednesday, and will continue with their preparations for the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup Qualifiers set to take place in Namibia in November.