Two losses from three games spelled an end to Uganda’s chances of featuring at the ICC World Cup T20.
PIC: The Lady Cricket team during their flag off at National Council of Sports recently. (Credit: Mpalanyi Ssentongo)
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier
Uganda 78/8 Ireland 79/2
(Uganda win by 8 wickets)
AMSTERDAM - Qualifying for the World T20 Cup takes just about everything; world class players, exposure, experience and perhaps a fair bit of luck.
The Lady Cricket Cranes have failed to make a strong case in the unfamiliar environs of Netherlands in the ongoing ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier.
Two losses from three games spelled an end to Uganda's chances of featuring at the ICC World Cup T20 November in West Indies. They could not go past the group stages.
Kevin Awino and Co fell by 8 wickets on Tuesday against Ireland in what was a decisive tie for the traveling Ugandans who had defeated Thailand earlier.
Stephanie Nampiina scored a team best 16 from 22 balls on the way to 78 in an innings that saw Uganda's wickets falling in quick succession with 38-year old Ciara Metcalfe picking three wickets.
The Irish were more clinical in chasing the score when Clare Shillington opened for 27 from 21 balls as her team raced to 79 to win with 8 balls to spare.
Conversely, Uganda continue to gain big on reputation following their heroics last year when they won the ICC Africa Women's T20 Qualifier in Namibia to book the sole ticket to Netherlands.
Still, they are ranked second on the continent second after South Africa and certainly there is just so much to expect from the relatively young side.
They may be out of the trace towards the world cup but their race in scaling international heights is just beginning.