A 14 runs loss to Qatar in the final game of the series Tuesday was a conclusive tale of a failed tour.
Uganda’s Tour of Qatar
Qatar 121/6 Uganda 107/9
(Qatar win by 14 runs)
The Cricket Cranes connect to India with so much to ponder following a 3-2 loss to Qatar. Perhaps getting exposure was a more realistic target than winning the series for Steven Tikolo’s Boys.
A 14 runs loss to Qatar in the final game of the series Tuesday was a conclusive tale of a failed tour in spite of the numerous positives for the traveling side.
The Boys are looking to recover from last year’s horror when they were relegated to division four following a disastrous campaign in the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Uganda.
The recovery road has technically started with the Qatar tour and honestly a 4-1 deficit is not encouraging but then the rotation of the team, giving an opportunity to youngsters has been received well by the rank and file of the game. The confidence is seemingly coming back!
Meanwhile, Mohammed Rizlan’s undefeated half ton of 54 from 36 balls gave the necessary heft as the scoreboard read 121 in Qatar’s innings.
His fellow tail ender Noman Sarvar smashed a near half century of 47 from 32 balls. Deus Muhumuza had impressed with the ball, claiming 3 wickets.
The chasing park could not reach 122 in their 20 alloted overs as Mohamed Nadeem’s work on the ball saw him take 3 wickets for the home side.
None the less, batting at number three, Zephania Arinaitwe scored 40 from 27 with Ali Shah 6 runs shy from a half century as Uganda lost honourably on foreign soil.
Roger Mukasa and Co will play five games in India before returning to Uganda on 23 February
Uganda is preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 April and May this year in Malaysia.