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Yesterday’s listless display against Qatar ended Uganda’s interest in the ongoing Four-Nations Twenty20 Quadrangular Series.
Uganda went down by six wickets in a low-scoring one-sided affair at Nairobi Jaffrey’s Sports Club in Lavington. Coupled with Monday’s 31-run loss to Saudi Arabia at Nairobi Gymkhana Oval, the Cricket Cranes are out for contention for Friday’s final.
But Steve Tikolo’s charges have a chance of playing ‘Kingmaker’ when they play for pride against Kenya in today’s derby clash at Nairobi Gymkhana Oval. The match will be telecast live by ZUKU TV.
Kenya put on an insipid show as they went down by 39 runs to a fired-up Saudi Arabian-outfit at Gymkhana and now run into wounded Ugandan side eager to get the monkey off their back in the shorter code of the series.
Uganda’s only win in the One Day International (ODI) Series last weekend was against Kenya – a two wicket win last Friday.
And Tikolo believes that result will pump up the Ugandans to complete a rare double of their ‘big brothers.
“We have been losing matches but we are not a bad side,”
said Tikolo, a man who played in five ICC Cricket World Cups.
“We have just been making small mistakes here and there. But the players are fired up for the Kenya game.”
For Kenya, coach Thomas Odoyo says they have no option but beat Uganda convincingly and keep their hopes of progressing alive. “Our shot selection was poor and we paid the price of complacency,” said Odoyo, without trying to find any excuse for his team that was bowled out for 84 while chasing 124 against Saudi Arabia yesterday.
“We have the experienced players to turn the tide. We shall don the thinking caps and stay on our toes.”
At the Nairobi’s Jaffrey’s Ground, Saudi Arabia will take on Qatar and if the latter win, they could as well be in final with a game to spare depending on what happens at Gymkhana Oval.
Tornado B batsman Roger Mukasa struck a century of 119 runs off 90 balls to help his side to a comfortable 125-run victory over Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Sunday.
“I was hitting the balls quite well on a favourable wicket,” a thrilled Mukasa told Daily Monitor. His second ton gave title holders Tornado B firm grip of top spot in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League with 41 points.
“This is my best century this year because I didn’t give the bowlers any chance until I departed,” the right-hand batsman said in comparison to his 72-ball 137 against Challengers back on May 3.
While Mukasa stretched his tally to 480 runs from nine innings, it was a guillotine that deemed right for Tornado B to revenge the first-round four-wicket defeat to KICC. “We didn’t bowl well against him and that’s how we lost it. But we’ll be glad for taking a bonus point,” noted KICC skipper Geoffrey Gandhi.
Gandhi’s option to field first temporarily seemed right as their opponents got off to a rather plodding start as Tornado B were 44-2 in 14.2 overs. It’s here that Mukasa took the bull by its horns.
He made nine boundaries and five maximums in a 114-run combo with Akbar Baig (66 off 106) and later shared 100 runs with Davis Karashani. Eventually, Tornado B coasted to 322/8, the second highest score this season. KICC’s opening pair of Abdallah Lubega (61 off 66) and John Gabula (35 off 76) shared 95 runs to spark signs of hope. But once their union broke, the side’s wheels came off after they lost seven wickets for 30 runs and Gandhi’s late 42 off 39 was a mere kick of a dying horse.
DIV 2 RESULTS
ACC 149/10 Patidar 151/4
(Patidar won by six wickets)
Pirates 184/10 Aziz Damani 135/10
(Pirates won by 49 runs)
Uganda Registers its First win against Nepal in the ongoing Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 - Malaysia.
Nepal 183/10 in 48.5 Overs lost to Uganda 203/8 in 50 Overs by 20 runs at Kinrera ground ( Malaysia).
Nepal Won the Toss, and Elected to Field.
Batting Uganda: Mpho Selowa Mukobe 84 off 102 balls, Brian Masaba 51 off 81 balls, Jonathan Sebanja 20 off 18 balls.
Bowling Nepal: Paras Kadka 3/34 in 10 Overs, Sompal Kami 2/19 in 10 Overs, B. Regmi 2/32 in 10 Overs.
Batting Uganda: Naresh Budayair 62 off 122 balls, S. Vesewkar 22 off 31 balls, Sagar pun 22 off 28 balls.
Bowling Uganda: Davis Karashani, 4/33 in 10 Overs, Roger Mukasa 3/28 in 4 Overs, Jonathan Sebanja 2/28 in 8.5 Overs, Frank Nsubuga 1/24 in 10 Overs.
Man of Match:Mr. Mpho Selowa Mukobe...he scored 84 off 102 balls, with a total of Six 4s and Three 6s.
Congratulations to Cricket Cranes again!!!!!!