Baby Cricket Cranes start World Cup Africa Qualifier campaign in style

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Skipper Frank Akankwasa scored a brutal half ton of 62 from 80 balls as Uganda exacted revenge on Kenya

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ICC U19 World Cup Africa Qualifier

Day one results

 Uganda 206 Kenya 136

(Uganda win by 70 runs)

Nigeria 129/8 Namibia 77

(Nigeria win by 52 runs)

Sierra Leone 126 Tanzania 99

(Sierra Leone win by 27 runs)

Just like they promised the Baby Cricket Cranes are playing to their full strength in the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup Africa Qualifier, Namibia.

What a way to start off their campaign with a convincing 70 runs win over arch-rivals Kenya Sunday at the Windhoek Affies Park.

Skipper Frank Akankwasa scored a brutal half ton of 62 from 80 balls as Uganda exacted revenge on Kenya having beaten the Baby Cricket Cranes in a decisive game during the same qualifier two years ago.

Interestingly the captain was indeed a savior especially for the fact that Uganda's openers did not make any reasonable impact with star man Zephania Arinaitwe was out for just (1 from 4 balls)

Batting at number 7 Akakankwas was almost impeccable picking up the for Uganda in a vital win for Jackson Ogwang’s boys, a job he did so convincingly with 5 sixes and 2 fours.

The sallying batsman’s partnership with Ashraf Senkubuge ultimately made the difference. Senkubuge was a half-ton hero as well with 56 from 89 balls.

Nonetheless, Akankwasa completed the job in the second innings with 3 wickets as Kenya were all out for 136 despite Sukhdeep Singh’s 31 off 42 balls.

Email: kbalikuddembe@newvision.co.ug

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