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ICC Division III World Cricket League

  • Uganda vs. Canada
  • Action starts at 10:00am (EAT) and entrance is free for all.
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In a clash of the top 2 teams in Division 3, Uganda will face off with Canada in Lugogo Tuesday morning.

Both teams are survivors from the Division 2 tournament held in 2015 in New Zealand. Since then both have been starved of much needed ICC competition with both being limited to regional and domestic competition.

Uganda are slight favorites by virtue of being the home team but Canada will surely give them a run for their money. Canada lost all its warm up games in Zimbabwe but there in lies a lot of confidence in their performances. They managed to score over 200 runs in all their warm up games against very strong opposition in Zimbabwe A.

However, the long preparation which involved a game in the Caribbean before touring Zimbabwe might be a disadvantage to the team in terms of fatigue. Henry Osinde the coach of Canada has some scores to settle with Uganda as his career with the Cricket Cranes was cut short by politics even before it could take off.

There will be little or no surprises in how team Uganda lines up. Lawrence Ssematimba the first choice wicket keeper managed to pass a late fitness test last evening meaning the team has a clean bill of health.

Hamu Bagenda Kayondo will be playing in his first major tournament for Uganda at home and it will be interesting to see how he fairs. There is no doubt he will open with his usual partner Arthur Solomon Kyobe with either Lawrence Ssematimba at one drop or one of the many all rounders. The middle order is anchored by Roger Mukasa and Shahzad Kamal who are entrusted with scoring the bulk of the runs for Uganda.

Charles Waiswa and Jonathan Ssebanja will be entrusted with the new ball assignment before the spin trio of Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo and Captain Davis Karashani. The strength of Uganda has never been batting therefore the bowlers have to put in a hard shift.

Hoping the clouds can hold so that the kids get to play. This is one of the games of the tournament and both teams could meet again most probably in the final if all goes to plan.

The flat surface that has been prepared in Lugogo means anything below 200 may not be enough so whoever scores the most runs will definitely win the game.

In the other games, Malaysia will take on Singapore at Kyambogo. The last time they played in Kenya, Singapore won by 1 run, so the Asian battle will be very interesting to watch. Very little or nothing separates these 2 teams and they know each other very well.

At the Lake side oval in Entebbe, USA will take on Oman In a repeat of the Division 4 final. Besides Uganda and Canada these are 2 teams on the up. They both mean business and would like to progress to Division 2.

It will be interesting to see how much Oman has improved in terms of ODI cricket given that the USA has invested a lot of time. The flat surface in Entebbe should favour the quicks of USA while Oman has a lot of slow bowlers.

Probable Line Up For Uganda.

  1. Hamu Kayondo
  2. Arthur Kyobe
  3. Lawrence Ssematimba
  4. Roger Mukasa
  5. Shahzad Kamal
  6. Davis Karashani (C)
  7. Brian Masaba (VC)
  8. Frank Nsubuga
  9. Charles Waiswa
  10. Jonathan Ssebanja
  11. Henry Ssenyondo
  12.  Deus Muhumuza (12th Man)

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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