The Cricket Cranes are on a cruise in Zimbabwe where they are conducting their final touches ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers set to bowl off on 22nd November in Windhoek, Namibia.
The side set off for Zimbabwe last week on Thursday for an eight-day warm up tour, and got their preparations to a fine start.
Inspired by Ronak Patel’s (73) Man of the Match performance, Jackson Ogwang’s side clinched a two-run win over Zimbabwe’s champions Takashinga on Sunday in the first warm up game, and on their return to action on Tuesday, the ball won the game for Uganda.
Bilal Hassun, after his captain Brian Masaba winning the toss and opting for the ball wasted no time in cleaning Takashinga’s top order as he dismissed both Cephas Zhuwao and Baxon Gopito for a combined five runs.
The fast bowler added two more wickets and at the backend, spinners Henry Ssenyondo and Alpesh Ramjani took charge of the proceedings, each picking two wickets.
Uganda in response achieved the target inside the 17th Over. Simon Ssesazi (38) and Ronak (35) were the top run getters here.
This was the Cricket Cranes’ second warm up game. They will return to action against the same opponent on Wednesday, but will face Zimbabwe’s U-25 select on Friday and Saturday before rounding off their warm up games against Takashinga on Sunday.
The side will then set off for Namibia where the real deal will take place.
The purpose of this tour is to fine tune the team ahead of that crunch qualifier.