A change in venue from Lugogo to Kyambogo didn’t yield a change in fortune for the Cricket Cranes who were looking to level the Easter Series with Saudi Arabia.
After Game 4 was washed out with the Cricket Cranes trailing 2-1, Game 5 was themed as the title decider. However, a persistent morning drizzle couldn’t allow any action.
With no signs of sunshine in the day, both teams decided to shake hands on the game the wet outfield could pose some serious danger to either sides as they each prepare for major tournaments.
The visitors walk away with the series win after winning the short 7 over game against the UCA Select Side and also claiming a nail biting 12 run win against the senior side. The hosts came back and won Game 3 by 67 runs but with rain playing a major factor in Game 4 and 5 the series ended in favour of the visitors.
Despite the series loss there were lots of positives for the Cricket Cranes who were playing at home for the first time since the woeful WCL Division 3 tournament last year.
Simon Ssesazi and Roger Mukasa are forging a good chemistry at the top of the order.
Beyond the urgency in scoring runs reduces, Henry Ssenyondo showed his class with the ball while Irfan Afridi proved that if the Cricket Cranes want to win game, they cant leave him out.
Fred Achelam the new team Wicket-keeper looks assured behind the stumps but he will need to score runs to add value to his glove work.
Bilal Hassan was menacing opening the bowling and his extra pace is great for the team complementing the control of experienced Charles Waiswa, but the latter will need to cut down on his extras which can be costly in a game of thin margins.
Henry Ssenyondo was chosen as Man of Series for the Easter Bilateral series.
The Cricket Cranes will now have to focus on the visiting Gujarat side that arrives this weekend.