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Olayinka Olaleye was the star, as Nigeria sealed an unbeaten run in the ICC Under 19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba 62 put on 148 for the first wicket, and pull his side clear in the final. That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs. Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras. In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.
In the battle for the last qualifying spot in Division 1, Tanzania got the better of Mozambique, posting a testing 215 all out. At 89 for five, they had to depend on their middle-order to make the play, and 15 year-old Dhrumit Mehta and Kartik Sayal stepped up. Nigeria and Tanzania now join Uganda, Kenya and Namibia in Africa Division One, who will play their qualifier for the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup early next year.
Nigeria’s qualification in particular was a reward for their early preparations that saw them camp in Uganda for 10 days despite losing the series 4-1.
DAY THREE RESULTS - SCW
One win, two losses is the Cricket Cranes story, at the Pepsi Division II International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League tournament, thus far, here in Windhoek, Namibia.
But even after suffering an annihilation courtesy of Kenya by five wickets in yesterday’s East African derby at the Trustco United Oval, the Cricket Cranes cannot afford to drop their shoulders and lose morale with two determined fixtures to play.
The Ugandans were a complete no-show as Kenya bundled them out for a paltry 129 in 43.2 overs and then proceeded to coast to victory with 101 balls to spare and five wickets in hand. Left-hander Arthur Kyobe top scored with 24 runs and showed solidity in a 44-run opening partnership with Abram Mutyagaba (14/33) but what followed was mind boggling.
Left-arm orthodox Shem Ngoche (4/17), his sibling James Ngoche (1/11) and Elijah Otieno (1/24) ignited the mother of all collapses as Uganda found themselves reeling at 77/6 in 19.3 overs. Shem trapped Mutyagaba for Leg Before Wicket (LBW) and immediately sent Roger Mukasa packing in similar fashion for a golden duck.
Kyobe then got run out at 46/3 and Mukasa’s elder sibling Lawrence Ssematimba, too, didn’t bother the scorers. Phillemon Mukobe and skipper Frank Nsubuga tried to rebuild the innings but both fell for 21 trying too hard to up the scoring tempo whereas Adelaide-based Patrick Ochan was the last man out with a battling 14. The chase was one-way traffic from the onset despite the Kenyans conniving to lose five wickets.
Alex Obanda (32/45), Irfan Karim (26/60), Narendra Patel (27/37) and Collins Obuya (28/33) were all among the runs as the top four did the job to continue Kenya’s flawless record against Uganda in ICC-sanctioned competitive matches.
Ochan and Nsubuga delayed the inevitable by snaring two wickets apiece on a day that saw the Ugandans turn in arguably their worst shift with the bat since January 2014 in New Zealand.
Turnaround of fortunes
Coach Peter Kirsten will be hoping there is a turnaround of fortunes for his ‘firing blanks’ outfit against Canada at the Wanderers Affies Park today.
“Look, we have not yet played our best cricket and yet we have a victory to our names,” Kirsten said, after painful loss to Kenya, while rallying his charges in the team meeting held soon after the match award was given to Shem for his parsimonious bowling figures of 4 for 17.
“Canada (lost to Nepal yesterday) are not faring any better. We can beat them if the batsmen come to the party. One of our top four guys must get at least a 50 if we are to set the 200-run target. The fans back at home must continue believing because this team is capable of winning the remaining two round-robin games.”
History repeated itself as Uganda lost to Nepal in the second successive Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III final.
The Cricket Cranes lost by five wickets to the Asians last year in Bermuda and the tale of the tape was similar as the Nepalese ousted Uganda by 62 runs in a one-sided affair at Kinrara Academy Oval in Malaysia yesterday.
But as Nepal celebrated both on the ground and back in their cricket-mad capital Kathmandu, there were no tears in Uganda’s camp and love lost after Roger Mukasa was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Albeit a slow start, the 25-year-old opening batsman, who battled malaria in the last two days, was easily the most outstanding player of the eight-day showpiece.
Mukasa collected 265 runs from six innings with a highest score of 86 against Bermuda at an average of 52.8 per innings and only fell short of best batsman Malaysian Arjurn Mutreja (282)’s aggregate by 17 runs.
The athletic all-rounder’s tidy part time off-spin deliveries that accounted for 27.5 overs also prized out 13 wickets at a cost of 125 runs, just one scalp behind the tourney’s best bowler Basanta Regmi of Nepal.
In the final, Mukasa snared a six-wicket haul for 27 runs – the tournament’s best bowling figures – as Nepal set a competitive aggregate of 223 in 49.5 overs.
At 23 for no loss, Mukasa (12 off 23) temporarily retired not out but later returned and gave Uganda some hope of winning the final with four boundaries and three sixes in his third half ton of the tournament – a 52-ball 51. When he departed in the 42nd over at 151 for 7, only 10 runs were added to the score as Uganda crumbled for 161 with 35 balls to spare.
But Mukasa had done enough to earn himself a record fourth Man-of-Match award, adding to those notched in victories over Singapore (one run), USA (24 runs after D/L) and Bermuda (seven wickets). Team Uganda returns this afternoon.
Roger Mukasa (Uganda) - 265 runs & 13 wickets
Arjurn Mutreja (Malaysia) – 282 runs from seven innings
Basanta Regmi (Nepal) – 14 wickets
Paras Khadka (Nepal) – 10 catches
Subash Khakurel (Nepal) – 10 dismissals
Mission accomplished. The Cricket Cranes showed that Monday’s 20-run defeat to Malaysia was a mere ‘bad day at office’ as they returned to winning ways against Bermuda – securing a clinical seven-wicket victory – to earn promotion to Division II and a place in today’s final against Nepal at Kinrara Academy Oval.
The Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division II will be played from January 17 to 24 in Windhoek, Namibia.
Uganda must finish among the top four in the six-team event to secure its status as an ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) nation to attract increased funding from the ruling body.
The Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 2 is the final step in the qualification pathway to the ICC’s four-day, first-class competition for Associate and Affiliate Members, the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.
But first things first. Team Uganda will be anxious to stamp their authority over Nepal by completing a double when the two arch-foes face off in today’s final. Both teams finished the league phase on eight points apiece but Nepal top the log with a better Net Run Rate (+1.985).
Uganda defeated Nepal by six wickets during the round-robin stage of last year’s event held in Bermuda only for the latter to exact revenge with a five-wicket win in the final.
And on the opening day (October 23) of this meet in Kuala Lumpur, Uganda edged the Nepalese by 20 runs but will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself in the final as they seek a sensational climax.
Yesterday, Uganda banked on ‘sick man’ Roger Mukasa to seal the near perfect qualification campaign with a whirlwind 68-ball 86 half ton to help Uganda make light work of Bermuda’s target of 140 in 24.5 overs.
Reports from the team’s camp at the five-star Hotel Istana indicated that Mukasa had malaria and played under medication in what many of his teammates described as the ‘knock of the tournament’ on Facebook.
Mukasa shared an opening stand of 75 runs in less than 13 overs with Arthur Kyobe (18 off 35) before Jonathan Ssebanja sealed it with 20 off 35. And with Mukasa likely to be rested for the final, captain Frank Nsubuga will be hoping Uganda can win their second Div. III title after their inaugural triumph in Darwin, Australia 2007 when they overwhelmed Argentina by 91 runs.
“We are happy with the win today, and to qualify to WCL Div.2. We’re looking forward to it, but we will need to go back and work hard. We need to play a lot of cricket before we go to Namibia,” said Nsubuga.
2014 ICC W. CRICKET LEAGUE DIV. III
Uganda 203/8 Nepal 183/10
(Uganda won by 20 runs)
2014 ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
Nepal 240/10 Uganda 80/10
(Nepal won by 160 runs)
2013 ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIV.Nepal 116/10 Uganda 117/4
(Uganda won by 6 wickets)
Final: Uganda 151/8 Nepal 153/5
(Nepal won by 5 wickets)
The form script was torn to shreds. A four-wicket loss to hosts Malaysia in round four of the ICC World Cricket League Division III is not what the doctor had ordered yesterday.
A win would have guaranteed qualification to Division II proper but a horrendous batting display saw Uganda lose their 100 per cent record after the East Africans collapsed in a heap for 106all-out in 39 overs.
The last time Uganda played Malaysia in Toronto 2001, Kenneth Kamyuka (100* off 54), 19 then, and current UCA boss Richard Mwami (21* off 80) combined for a miraculous 124-run 10th wicket stand to help Uganda recover from 99 for 8 enroute to setting up a 64-run victory.
But there was none of that magic from the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada as the top-order trio of Arthur Kyobe (5 off 32), Roger Mukasa (9 off 12) and Hamu Kayondo (7 off 31) succumbed to medium pacer Derek Duraisingam (3/23) in the opening 14 overs.
Only four batsmen got double figures; Phillemon Mukobe (24 off 34), wicket-keeper Naeem Bardai (11 off 49), Davis Karashani (11 off 28) and skipper Frank Nsubuga’s 19 off 24. Even Lawrence Ssematimba’s tournament bow, in for injured vice-captain Brian Masaba, produced no reprieve as the man nicknamed Small Lion fell for a duck.
Malaysia’s openers were solid in the chase, adding 41 as the team reached 61 for 1 in 10 overs. Former skipper Davis Karashani then did some damage snaring a fiver as the hosts stuttered to 89 for 6. But it wasn’t enough as Anwar Arudin (26 off 33) and Nasir Shafiq (18 off 20)’s earlier contributions helped the Asian side sail home with 174 balls to spare.
The other two games Bermuda versus Singapore and Nepal versus USA were washed out due to heavy rains and both will be replayed on today’s reserve day as per the tournament rules and playing conditions.
The Cricket Cranes’ fate, though, still lies in their hands as they can make certain of a place in the final and progress to the Division II showpiece in Namibia next year by defeating Bermuda tomorrow’s last round-robin match.
ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIV III
Uganda 106/10 Malaysia 107/6
(Malaysia won by 4 wickets)
Singapore 266/8 Bermuda 0/0
USA 204(162) Nepal 27/3
After three wins in as many matches at the ongoing Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three in Malaysia, there is optimism in Uganda’s camp that they can rewrite the winning script of 2007 in Darwin, Australia.
This is after the Cricket Cranes maintained their unbeaten streak with a 24-run Duckworth and Lewis method victory over USA at the horseracing Selangor Turf Club in the Klang Valley yesterday. And in the early hours of today, coach Peter Kirsten’s troops will walk onto to the Bayeumas Oval to play hosts Malaysia for the second time in history with less pressure.
For now, Uganda’s bid to seal a ticket to next year’s WCL Division Two showpiece in Namibia is so intact thanks to opening batsman Roger Mukasa, who put in a match-winning performance to help Uganda to their fourth win over the Americans in seven meetings yesterday.
After skipper Frank Nsubuga won the toss, Mukasa firmly backed his brother’s decision to bat first when he struck a pivotal half-ton of 71 runs off 100 balls to help Uganda set 215.
In his 122-minute innings, the 25-year-old clobbered four boundaries and two maximums to move his tournament tally to 119 runs in three matches – now fifth on the batting chart.
Before he suffered lbw (leg before wicket) by Danial Ahmed (2/36) for the third wicket, Mukasa had shared an opening 42-run partnership with Arthur Kyobe (8 off 31) and a second 51-run stand with Hamu Kayondo (21 off 55).
Despite Timil Patel’s figures of 3/42, assistant captain Brian Masaba (36 off 47), Philemon Mukobe (27 off 47), Nsubuga’s (17 off 7) late explosion and 23 extras were enough to guide the East African nation to the tourney’s third highest team score.
Due to rains, the Americans’ response was delayed and their target was revised to 153 from 35.4 overs. Nsubuga was clinical and tore through the Americans’ top-order for modest figures of 4-14.
Despite Srini Santhanam’s 37 off 73 and Karan Ganesh’s (22 off 54), USA were condemned to their second tournament defeat. Today, Nsubuga and company must watch out for Malaysia skipper Ahmed Faiz who leads the batting charts with 176 runs in three innings.
Bermuda 257/8 Malaysia 179/7
Bermuda won by 37 runs (D/L method)
Nepal 263/9 Singapore 73/10
(Nepal won by 190 runs)
Uganda 215/8 USA 128/6
Uganda won by 24 runs (D/L method)
Malaysia vs. Uganda
Nepal vs. USA
Bermuda vs. Singapore
By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Innocent Ndawula
Will this Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III showpiece in Malaysia provide another new dawn for Uganda?
The Cricket Cranes have on three occasions made the grade from Division III to Division II only to slump back into the former.
Coach Peter Kirsten, the latest in an array of tacticians that have overseen Team Uganda’s progress since their debut during the WCL Div. III in Darwin, Australia 2007 will be hoping this campaign is one that will offer final reprieve.
Uganda open their account against familiar foes Nepal at Kinrara Academy Oval this morning (4.15am) aiming for a clinical start in pursuit of the desired top-two finish.
Nepal have won two of the three rubbers between the two top seeds and they will have a slight edge coming into this clash as the six-nation event is hosted in Asian conditions.
But Kirsten has made no secrets about his plan to defy the favourites by unleashing his ‘Big Three’ to counter Nepal’s spinners.
“Roger (Mukasa), Arthur (Kyobe) have been in good nick whereas Hamu (Kayondo) has been looking good at No.3. These are my go to guys. I have instructed them to bat deep and allow the other guys to play their natural games,” the 59-year-old former South Africa Test batsman said in praise of the top order batsmen.
Kyobe and Kayondo weren’t part of the World Cup Qualifier no-show in New Zealand and Kirsten is philosophical they can offer a new dimension to the team set-up.