Cricket Cranes captain Roger Mukasa at the toss before the game against Strikers XI

The Cricket Cranes showed no signs of fatigue when they defeated the ND Warriors and Strikers XI in the first two games of their tour in India.

The team was joined by Ronak Patel and Dinesh Nakarani from their Indian base. Both players featured for Kutchi Tigers in the local league and the night cricket tournament and they are being given a trial by the team management to see if they can fit into the national team set up. Patel lit up the national league last year scoring over 500 runs in only 6 innings.

The two were also joined by Emmanuel Isaneez and Stephen Wambose from Kampala as cover for the Pakistan trio of Bilal Hassan, Riaz Ali Shah and Irfan Afridi who couldn’t travel to India because of immigration issues.

Roger Mukasa and company quickly got to work dismissing the ND Warriors for only 75 after setting 130 runs. Deus Muhumuza is in the form of his life for the national team and he was Man of Match for his 35.

In the second game against Strikers XI, another on form player on the tour Simon Ssesazi was Man of Match for a wonderfully struck 51 as the Cricket Cranes won by 8 wickets.

They have a bumpy schedule on the India leg of the tour with 7 games lined up against different Indian sides. They are in action today in a 40 over game.

Game 1
Summary For Twenty20 Match – February 16

Uganda 129/6 beat ND Warriors XI 75/9 by 54 runs (with 32 balls remaining)

Toss: Won by ND Warriors captain Dixit Patel who elected to field.


Uganda Batting
Deus Muhumuza 35 runs off 35 balls (3 fours & I six)
Roger Mukasa 27 runs off 25 balls (3 fours & I six)
Hamu Kayondo 20 runs off 20 balls (3 fours)

ND Warriors XI Bowling
Himanshu Patel (2 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs)
Hardik Patel (2 wickets for 33 runs in 4 overs)


ND Warriors XI Batting
Bhargav Patel 14 runs off 9 balls (1 four & 1 six)
Himanshu Patel 14 runs off 8 balls (2 fours & 1 six)

Uganda Bowling
Charles Waiswa (2 wickets for 4 runs in 2 overs)
Dinesh Nakrani (3 wickets for 5 runs in 2.5 overs)
Brian Masaba (2 wickets for 17 runs in 4 overs)

Man Of Match: Deus Muhumuza

Game 2
Summary For Twenty20 Match – February 16

Skipper XI Gujarat 108 all out in 19.2 overs lost to Uganda 112 for 4 in 17.3 overs by six wickets with 15 balls remaining.

Toss: Won by Skipper XI Gujarat captain Nirav Mehta who elected to bat first.

Match Summaries


Skipper XI Gujarat Batting
Sagar Majmudah 49 runs off 51 balls (1 four)
Abishek Shah 10* runs off 15 balls

Uganda Bowling
Deus Muhumuza 3 wickets for 10 runs in 4 overs
Frank Nsubuga 2 wickets for 13 runs in 2.2 overs
Emmanuel Isaneez 2 wickets for 25 runs in 4 overs


Uganda Batting
Simon Ssesazi 51 runs off 51 balls (5 fours)
Dinesh Nakrani 15 runs off 25 balls (1 four)

Uganda Bowling
Sagar Jogani 2 wickets for 15 runs in 2.3 overs
Nirav Mehta 1 wicket for 11 runs in 3 overs

Man Of Match: Simon Ssesazi

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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