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While Lugogo is a very accessible ground for fans due to its proximity to town, it’s the worst in case rain is to play a part in a game.
The first three games of the series were played in Kyambogo due to the fact it’s a rainy season, and indeed rain played a part in 2 of those games but the nature of Kyambogo allows it to soak up water quick and allow for some action which practically impossible with Lugogo.
Game 4 was moved to Lugogo. With the series at 2-1 and the hosts trailing, Cricket Cranes needed a result out of this game but the rain had other ideas washing out the match after the 2nd innings had started.
Saudi Arabia meant business when they won the toss and elected to bat first posting a competitive 242 all out. Faisal Khan (41) and Moazam Shaukat (76) combined for a 64 run opening stand before the Cricket Cranes could get the break through.
Irfan Afridi continued to impress with ball finishing with figures of 2/25 in 10 overs while Riaz Khan in his first game of the series had 3/36 in 7 overs with back up from Henry Ssenyondo (1/43) and Captain Roger Mukasa (2/60).
Roger Mukasa and his opening partner Simon Ssesazi had put on an opening stand of 40/0 in 6 overs when the heavens opened. It was impossible to factor in D/L given that the minimum of 20 overs had not been achieved.
The visitors wont mind the result since they are in the lead at 2-1 but the hosts will now need to win tomorrow to be able to salvage some pride.
Saudi Arabia who compete in Division 5 of the World Cricket League are ranked lower than Uganda.
Both sides are preparing for qualification tournaments later this month with the emirates nation facing off with its neighbors in the Asian T20 World Cup qualifiers while Uganda on the other hand will be battling 5 other nations for qualification to Division 3.
The last game of the series will be played tomorrow at Kyambogo. Action starts at 10 am.