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Baby Cranes hope to bounce back against Namibia to resurrect World cup dreams

The Uganda under-19 cricket team will blame their strategy against Nigeria when they won the toss but elected to bowl first as they crushed disappointingly to Nigeria in their third match of the ongoing ICC U-19 Africa World Cup Qualifier in Windhoek, Namibia.

The Baby Cranes started their campaign well with two consecutive wins over Kenya and Sierra Leone.

However, the team altered their winning strategy and opted to bowl first.

The plan seemed to be initially working as the Cranes led by 38 runs for one wicket in five overs before the break but in the end went down by 30 runs.

The team’s head coach Jackson Ogwang rued the wasted chances but remained upbeat that the team will bounce back.

“Tough loss to take today,” Ogwang was quoted by the Uganda Cricket Association media.

He added: “We were in a good position to pick up a third win but let it go. We have to pick up ourselves for the last two games. We take the bitter pill and move on. But I know we may however need some maths to qualify too.”

In other results, Namibia boosted their chances with a 184-run win over Sierra Leone as Kenya registered their first win against Tanzania.

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Only one country from the six will qualify to play in the World Cup in South Africa next year.

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