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Cricket Division Three: Cranes Plotting To Bounce Back Against Kenya

Tuesday, November 13
Oman Vs Denmark (OCA Turf 1)
Uganda Vs Kenya (OCA Turf 2)

Uganda’s senior Men National Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes will look to resuscitate against Kenya in their third game at the ongoing ICC World Cricket League division III in Oman.

The Cranes got off the mark against Denmark with a five wicket massive victory but the side were pegged back an emerging force of USA to lose by 54 runs.

Uganda, against USA, had all-rounder Irfan Afridi controversially denied to bowl again after his first over due to an ‘illegal bowling act’.

Cricket Cranes have won once and lost one so far. The team is fourth on the log. Courtesy photo

Match officials Akbar Ali (UAE) Lyndon Hannibal (Sri Lanka) told captain Roger Mukasa that Afridi was throwing the ball, allegedly with the legspinner’s variation of offspin and could be no-balled if he went on to bowl again.

It is not yet known whether Afridi will have a ball against the neighbors. Reports suggest that he might be replaced by Frank Nsubuga.

The Case: Umpires (black) talking to Mukasa about Afridi’s ‘throwing’ of the ball. Afridi can be seen in the background. courtesy photo. 

Away from fielding, the team will need to have their batsmen at their top best, if they are to keep their dreams of division II promotion alive.

We are looking to bounce back, we can’t afford to lose any game as every game is like a final,” noted Hamu Kayondo who was speaking to the team’s media attache in Oman Innocent Ndawula.

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The top order batsman, reflecting on the team’s loss to USA, commented: “We didn’t get it going with the bat, we had too many dot balls so we were always behind the game, and when the wickets started falling, we couldn’t recover.”

Uganda was utterly destroyed by US’ Monak Patel who smashed 107 off 137 balls to set 252 for six and the side couldn’t chase down the total.

Despite a rally from the boys that was highlighted by Arnold Otwani and Deus Muhumuza’s 52 and 43 runs respectively, the team yielded 198/9 in 50 overs as they choked in the chase.

Kenya are rock bottom despite going to Oman as top favourites. The neighbors will look to make amends against close rivals Uganda. Courtesy photo.

Against Kenya, Uganda will be facing up with their close neighbours who they know in and out, and the reverse is also true.

Kenya have so far not found the right stamina in the tourney despite coming in as the joint favourites with the hosts.

Kenya and Oman were relegated from division two in Namibia earlier this year. The duo came with favourites tags to return to the division.

Kenya are yet to win a game, after falling to Oman in the opener and the 158 runs loss to USA on Monday. The side are rock bottom of the six team pool.

Captain Obuya has so far had less to smile about in Oman. The team will seek to have the last laugh against Uganda in a battle that will unfold both on the oval and on social media

Kenya will rely on their experienced duo of Nelson Odhiambo and captain Collins Obuya to deliver their first win.

However, Cranes’ bright spot so far, Arnold Otwani believes that his side have what it takes to pile more misery on the Kenyans:

We just have to be positive and am completely sure that we can make it,” Otwani stated.

On his tremendous effort so far, he revealed: “I think am playing just basic cricket, I wait for bad balls and thats why I have been getting some decent runs.”

Otwani added that the loss against USA was very hurting but that is cricket (Sports) – There has to be a winner and loser. He blasted himself and fellow teammates for not doing enough on the day. “We batted so badly especially the top order.”

Uganda will be in pursuit to occupy one of the top two teams that will storm division two in Namibia later next year in April and also get a place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifiers.

The Squads:

Uganda
Brian Masaba, Arnold Otwani, Dinesh Nakrani, Bilal Hassun, Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Ronak Patel, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Irfan Muhammad, Kenneth Waiswa, Deusdedit Muhumuza. Riazat Ali Shah

Kenya
Collins Obuya (captain), Dhiren Gondaria, Shem Ngoche, Rakep Patel, Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda, Pushpak Kerai, Gurdeep Singh, Emmanuel Bundi, Sachin Bhudia, Nelson Odhiambo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno

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