To an extent, being a passionate follower of Ugandan cricket hurts even more than being a player.

After the bizarre story of the failed ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers last year, it’s even harder to believe the Cricket Cranes’ collapse in the road to the 2015 ODI World Cup.

Perhaps, the entire futile efforts centre around one reason – brittle batting – but the manner in which in which Namibia trounced coach Johan Rudolph’s charges is even more disheartening.

The boys from Windhoek bundled out Uganda for a paltry 61 runs to not only script a 100-run win but also progress to the Super Six Stage at the on-going ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

Namibia top the Group B chart with six points and could progress unscathed if they beat Papua New Guinea in their final pool match.

The case is different for Uganda. Davis Karashani and teammates are facing the jaws of a relegation monster back to the ICC third grade if they don’t win their next play-off match against either Canada or Scotland.

God forbid if the latter finish fourth in Group A for they are stronger opponents. But even that, Karashani’s prayer to have a hard hitter or at least a lasting partnership in his ranks has costed the outfit more dividends.

On the back of losses to Netherlands, PNG and neighbours Kenya, 26-year-old spinner Karashani should have felt he was in an unfamiliar territory after his side restricted Namibia to 161 for 9 in 36 overs.

Requiring five per over on the gusty afternoon to claim their maiden joy at the event, only Philemon Mukobe (23 off 41) managed double figures after Namibian bowlers Louis Klazinga (4/27) and Christi Vilijoen (3/16) ruthlessly struck.

In the end, there were four ducks as Uganda confirmed the status of being tournament underdogs.


Namibia 161/9 Uganda 61/10 (Namibia won by 100 runs)

Canada 255/9 Nepal 243/8 (Canada won by 12 runs)


Team           Pld    W    L    NR     NRR       Pts

Namibia         3      3    0     0     +1.450      6

Netherlands    3      2    1     0      +0.930     4

PNG               3      2    1     0      +0.494     4

Kenya            3      1    2     0      +0.048     2

Uganda          4      0    4     0      –2.259     0

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