The Cricket Cranes of Uganda were subjected to two defeats by the Eagles of Namibia in the T20 Series on Monday.
The first game of the day was interrupted by rain with the Cricket Cranes on 65/5 in 12.5 overs and the hosts claimed the win by 21 runs on D/L method while the second game was a 56-run win for the Eagles.
In the morning game, the Cricket Cranes put on a brilliant bowling display led by Riazat Ali Shah who claimed 3 wickets and Cosmas Kyewuta who was very mean upfront. Three early wickets had the hosts reeling at 13/3 but a middle-order and rear guard helped them recover and post a competitive 134/5 same score as what Uganda made on Friday.
The visitors got off to the worst possible start with Roger Mukasa, Saud Islam, Dinesh Nakrani and Arnold Otwani all falling for single-digit scores. Ronak Patel (19) and Kenneth Waiswa (33) combined to take the game to the hosts but Waiswa lost his wicket just before the heavens opened. There was no time to continue the game with D/L awarding the game to Namibia with a 21-run win.
In the afternoon match, Craig Williams (81) scored a match winning half century that laid the foundation for a big 189/5 for the hosts.
The Cricket Cranes bowlers failed to hit their lines gifting the hosts a lot of boundary balls. Dinesh Nakrani was the pick of the bowlers.
Like in the morning game, the visitors started poorly losing their top order cheaply. Riazat promoted to bat at number 4 gave the chase some life with a well stroked 33 before a miscommunication between him and Dinesh ended his innings. Once he departed, the writing was on the wall for the Cricket Cranes.