Oman captain Sultan Ahmed and his Ugandan counterpart Davis Karashani with the Referee and Umpires before the game at Kyambogo Oval Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Oman captain Sultan Ahmed and his Ugandan counterpart Davis Karashani with the Referee and Umpires before the game at Kyambogo Oval Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

On a day of mixed results, the Cricket Cranes were completely outclassed by a clinical Oman side. On a ground where the team batting second has won Uganda on the toss and elected to bat 1st.

Uganda made 2 changes to the side that beat Singapore replacing Deus Muhumuza and Arnold Otwani with Lawrence Ssematimba and Jonathan Ssebanja. This decision wasn’t vindicated by Uganda as Arthur Kyobe was out for 0 in the 2nd over.

Afridi still batted up the order at 3 but he didn’t hand around for long as he struggled with the short ball eventually being put out of his misery for 15.

Roger Mukasa and Hamu Kayondo then combined for the highest partnership of the game putting on 46 before Hamu Kayondo fell just after the drinks break for 20 off 41 balls,

From then on, wickets just kept falling around Roger Mukasa without any offering any support till Uganda was bundled out for a dismal 145 in 46 overs. Mukasa was the top scorer with 57 and when he got out, the initiative was with Oman who never gave the tail any chance of wagging.

A score of 145 was never going to trouble Oman despite losing 4 wickets they were incharge for the 1st ball of the day that was sent to the boundary. Jaginther Singh scored a brisk 58 blowing kisses to the Oman family followers when he raised his bat for his half century.

[/media-credit] Oman line-up that faced Cricket Cranes

Uganda now is at the bottom of the table after Singapore got the better of USA in Lugogo and Malaysia turned up in Entebbe defeating Canada by 6 wickets.

Uganda will need to win their remaining games emphatically and also hope the other results go their way. The Cricket Cranes take on a resurgent Malaysia side in Lugogo and if they lose it will be a battle to save their Division 3 status.

At Lugogo, Singapore put on a batting master class chasing down 237 scored by USA winning by 7 wickets. Arjun Mutrega scored was unbeaten on 101 with support from Captain Fantastic Chetan who got 74 not out. USA will feel hard done by the loss despite scoring enough runs.

In Entebbe, Canada went for power on a windy Entebbe oval where grafting runs is only way of scoring runs finishing on 141 all out with Malaysia picking up their first win winning by 6 wickets.

Tomorrow Canada takes on USA in Kyambogo, Oman plays Singapore in Entebbe and Uganda takes on Malaysia in Lugogo.

Uganda will be hoping they can win tomorrow and other games go their way. Today’s results leave the table very open with all teams with chance to finish among the top 2.

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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