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Cricket Cranes blow golden chance at World Cricket League

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 11th November 2018 02:55 PM

Every game and every move counts a great deal and Uganda surely missed a chance to consolidate their impressive start

Cricket Cranes blow golden chance  at World Cricket League

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Every game and every move counts a great deal and Uganda surely missed a chance to consolidate their impressive start

PIC: Uganda lost to USA in  their second game at the on going ICC World Cricket League Division three campaigns. (File photo)

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ICC World Cricket League Division Three


USA 252/6 Uganda198/9
(USA win by 54 runs)

MUSCAT - Certainly there are no easy games at the level of the ICC World Cricket League Division Three as well as there are rarely second chances.


Every game and every move counts a great deal and Uganda surely blew up a golden chance of consolidating their impressive start to the games.


The Cricket Cranes are yet to learn how to stop the USA, a side that defeated them on home soil last year in the same competition.


Revenge was on the cards Saturday for Uganda but the Americans proved stronger with a crushing 54 runs win to complicate the former's situation now in the run-in to division two qualification.


However the game was not spared of controversy when Uganda's top left arm bowler Irfan Afridi was not allowed to bowler the second over. The umpire cited suspect bowling which meant he risked getting no-balled.

USA resultantly moved the board to a huge score of 252 courtesy of Monank Patel's brutal century of 107. Uganda's chase saw Arnold Otwani reaching a team best half ton of 52 runs although they eventually fell too short of the 253 target.


Uganda will now play their resultant games like finals. They entertain Kenya on Tuesday in what should be a thrilling encounter.

The ICC World Cricket League forms part of the qualification cycle for the 2023 World Cup. Uganda's realistic target is surely division two where they have been three times.

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