Steve Tikolo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Last week,Uganda Cricket Cranes swept Kenya aside as the team prepares for the forth coming ICC World Cricket League Division III tournament.

Every player summoned on the team got playing time in the five game series that Uganda won 4-0 as the other game was washed out.

And coach Steve Tikolo could not be any proud.

“I am very pleased and proud of the boys on how they played in this series,” he told the media after Game 5 triumph. “I think it has shown how our cricket has grown in leaps and bounds,” the Kenyan coach added.

The national side side is set to play another trial series against Saudi Arabia before the World Cricket League and Tikolo believes there is still a lot of room for improvement.

“There are areas I think we need to work on especially in bowling up front; the first 10 Overs of our play. We need to be always tight and not give away too many runs like we have done (in the Kenya series).

“And from the batting perspective, we need our two order batsmen to be giving us the runs and obviously carry our team through and win win matches for us.”

Tikolo pointed at playing as a team being the major factor behind the success over big brothers Kenya.

“We played as a team, as a unit. It was not a one man show, all the boys chipped in.

“We also looked at our spinner doing pretty well and set up the games for us nicely but we need to work on our pace bowling especially up front.”

The former Kenya national team coach is pleased with the depth of his team and says the dependence on one or two players is no more as every individual on the team steps up once called up on.

“We are starting to have depth in our players. Whatever player is asked to go out and do the job for the team, they are putting up their hands.

“Previously we used to depend on one or two players, say like in the batting department we used to depend on Roger (Mukasa) and (Arthur) Kyobe but now we have about five or six guys we can depend on in the batting department.

“And when I look at the bowling department, we use to depend on Franco (Frank Nsubuga), the skipper (Davis Karashani) and Charles Waiswa but now we have players coming through like David Wabwire, Kenneth Waiswa, (Jonathan) Ssebanja.”

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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