The Eagles of Namibia claimed the honours in the first ODI game against the Cricket Cranes of Uganda.

After losing all the T20 games to the hosts, focus turned to the longer version of the game. The Cricket Cranes fielded a very experienced side with Cosmas Kyewuta handed his ODI debut.

The Cricket Cranes won the toss and chose to field first. There were opportunities for the Cricket Cranes early on to get some quick wickets but the half chances were not taken. The introduction of the slow left-arm of Henry Ssenyondo came with luck as the Cricket Cranes picked up four quick wickets with Namibia left reeling at 70/4 in 16 overs.

A middle-order slog from JJ Smit (81) and Michael Van Lingen (56) made the difference in the innings of the hosts as they clobbered 93 runs in the final 4 overs en route to a big total of 301/7.

Dinesh Nakrani had impressive bowling figures of 1/20 with support from Henry Ssenyondo 2/47.

Uganda’s top order again failed to hold as they have quickly reduced to 9/4 inside 4 overs with Ruben Trumpelmann bagging all the four wickets. His left-arm quick in-swingers were a handful for the Cricket Cranes.

The repair work was done by Ronak Patel (105) who anchored the innings for the Cricket Cranes with support from Kenneth Waiswa (18) and Riazat Ali Shah (32) as the visitors ran out of resources for a loss of seven wickets.

Despite the heavy 98 run defeat, the Cricket Cranes will be gracious in defeat as they were in the game for the big part of the hosts innings but the poor bowling at the death allowed the hosts to set a dominant total. Jonathan Ssebanja, Cosmas Kyewuta and Riazat Ali Shah failed to find the perfect lines at the death as JJ Smit and Michael Van Lingen ran riot.

The loss of four early wickets totally derailed the chance for the Cricket Cranes and recovery was impossible but Ronak Patel batted with some intent showing that once you give yourself a chance, you can score the runs. His century came off 129 balls with 7 boundaries and one maximum. Ronak’s composure on the wicket helped the Cricket Cranes save face from an embarrassing defeat.

There will be no rest for the Cricket Cranes as they play their final 50 over game of the tour tomorrow before returning home the next day.

Match Summary

  • Namibia 301/7 (50)
  • Uganda 203/7 (50)
  • Cricket Cranes lose by 98 runs.
  • Ronak Patel hit a century of 105 off 129

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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