Cricket Cranes celebrate a wicket against Canada Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Roger Mukasa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Canada is sitting comfortably at the top of the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament going on in Kampala, with 2 wins out of their 2 games so far. They are sure of making the final set for Tuesday, May 30 if they beat Malaysia tomorrow in Entebbe.

Both wins were against top of the top sides in the division in Uganda and Oman giving Canada enough momentum going forward. Malaysia have failed to score more than 12o runs in their 2 losses to USA and Singapore and for them to beat Canada will be against all odds.

The run in for the second team to be in the final with Canada is between hosts Uganda, USA, Oman and Singapore with each on 2 points with only USA ahead of the others because of Net Run Rate (NRR).

Uganda beat Singapore in game 2, with the USA making light work of Malaysia and Oman defeating USA in their first game. However, Uganda lost to Canada on the first day, USA lost to Oman and Singapore lost to Uganda all results evening themselves out.

The game between Oman and Uganda at Kyambogo on Friday is a must win for both teams. Whoever losses will more or less be out of the promotion places. Both teams will also keep a keen eye on what is happening at Lugogo as Singapore takes on USA. Canada will playing Malaysia in more less a placement game as Malaysia has failed to shift from gear one.

The 12th man who turned out for team Uganda on Tuesday was very vocal even though the team didn’t win. The support helped the boys work harder and there was sign of effort even in defeat.

However, Cricket Cranes need to up their game especially against a very dangerous Oman team. Some of the fielding has been below standard and there should be more composure especially in chasing down totals.

We spoke to some of Cricket Cranes’ keen followers and fans about what Uganda needs to do to get the desired results in the next 3 games.

Abu Mayanja, the captain of the Buddo Cricket team said;

We cant afford any setbacks against Oman. Chances are we will play that same team but I think Kyobe is playing for his immediate future in the team. It wouldn’t hurt dropping him and bringing in Masaba to bat at 3 (open with Hamu and Otwani). Afridi is in good rhythm and Mr. Baresi (Frank Nsubuga) has found his mojo again (miserly).

Senyondo will continue plodding away and ably supported by Ski (Davis Karashani). We need to utilize Rogers bowling more as he gets the odd wicket and can do a good job in the middle overs. I wonder what Deus (Muhumuza) is doing in the team because it’s evident our pace bowlers cant take any wickets. Lastly, I hope Waiswa recovered from that return catch that almost sent him 6m under.

Felix Musana, the founder of Soroti Cricket Academy said;

Bat first, fight and post at least 230 then defend it with the support of the crowd. Oman is a dangerous side and if they bat first and post more than 250 we will have a lot of pressure and our fans are impatient.

In everything Otwani has to step up his wicket keeping to have a chance.

Our record against Oman doesn’t make good reading to a patriot as Uganda has never beaten the gulf nation in any of their encounters. However, opening bowler Charles Waiswa said in the press conference yesterday that they are out to set that record straight.

As the old adage says “You don’t change a winning team” and Cricket Cranes will most probably remain unchanged.

Oman has the dangerous duo of  Zeeshad Maqsood and Aqib Iyas who will be the two to look out for.

Here is how the table looks like so far

TeamsMatWonLostTiedN/RPts
CAN220004
USA211002
UGA211002
SIN211002
OMAN211002
MAL202000

The top 2 teams at the end of the round bin will play in a final with both guaranteed a place in the World Cup Qualifiers in 2018, 3rd and 4th remain in Division 3 while the bottom 2 will be demoted to Division 4.

Tomorrows Fixtures.

  • Canada vs. Malaysia at Entebbe on May 26, 2017 (10:00 Local | 07:00 GMT)
  • Singapore vs. U.S.A. at Lugogo on May 26, 2017 (10:00 Local | 07:00 GMT)
  • Uganda vs. Oman at Kyambogo on May 26, 2017 (10:00 Local | 07:00 GMT)

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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