The Baby Cricket Cranes packed their bags late on Sunday night moving from Guyana to Trinidad and Tobago for their final two group games against South Africa and India.
The Baby Cricket Cranes went down to Ireland by 39 runs in their opening World Cup but a loss that had a lot of positives for Uganda.
The slow bowlers especially Matthew Musinguzi and Joseph Baguma were exceptional on the slow Guyana wickets but the biggest improvement was with the bat. Despite the failings of the top of the order the middle order and low order combined to put on 180 runs together led by Captain Pascal Murungi who notched up Uganda’s maiden half-ton at the World Cup. Juma Miyagi delivered some nasty blows at the back end with a well-crafted 38 off 28 balls with support from Isaac Ategeka who was unluckily run out for 24. Uganda also had two partnerships of 53 between Pascal Murungi with Joseph Baguma and Juma Miyagi with Edwin Nuwagaba.
The Baby Cricket Cranes had clearly done their homework from the warm-up games in which they batted poorly and this time had a better approach to their chase. The batters took some time on the pitch giving themselves to score by making sure they take their time as they get used to the wicket. There is still some glaring weakness against some good quality spin which seems to be the weakness for Uganda.
Pascal Murungi put in a captain’s performance with both bat and ball and he will be key for his side. Miyagi has been by his side with bat and ball and more will be expected from Cyrus Kakuru who has the talent to score big runs at this level. Joseph Baguma and Matthew Musinguzi will again be key bowlers for the team and hopefully, they are unfazed by the stage. The quick bowlers Pius Oloka, Juma Miyagi, and Pascal Murungi have been a touch expensive and therefore they will need to tidy up to make sure they keep their opponent at bay.
In South Africa, they come up against a wounded side that also lost its opening game to India after having the favorites on the ropes for long periods of the game.
South Africa is coached by a man very familiar to Ugandans in former Cricket Cranes Coach Conrad Shukri.
Uganda has played South Africa before at this level in 2004 and lost by 8 wickets in Bangladesh.
Uganda is the underdog in his encounter but a small dog who will bring the fight to its opponent. The other game in Group will have India taking on Ireland.