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Cricket Cranes embrace challenges as gateway to learning on India tour


The Cricket Cranes embarked on an exhilarating journey to India, setting the stage for their upcoming World Cup preparations.

The team faced three challenging games, each contributing to their growth, despite ending in losses.

Today marked a crucial rest day, offering a moment for reflection and rejuvenation before the upcoming contests.

In the inaugural match, Uganda posted a competitive score of 166/6. Ronald Lutaaya’s return to the team was marked by a stellar performance, achieving a half-century with 52 runs off 23 balls.

Kenneth Waiswa also made a significant contribution with 26 runs off 21 balls.

However, the resilient National CC responded strongly, reaching 167/8. Waiswa showcased exceptional bowling prowess, securing three wickets for a mere 5 runs, attempting to minimize the damage.

In a closely contested battle, National CC secured a hard-fought victory by 2 wickets, with Sumit Dhekale playing a crucial role in the chase, scoring an impressive 68 off 21 balls, remaining not out.

The second match saw Uganda setting a target of 180/8, fueled by notable contributions from Roger Mukasa (64 off 42) and Ronald Lutaaya (37 off 20). Despite their efforts, National CC asserted dominance, achieving a convincing 184/3 and clinching victory by 7 wickets.

Jonathan Sebanja’s three expensive overs, conceding 41 runs without picking a wicket, contributed to Uganda’s loss in the second game.

In the third game against Omtex ICWC, the match unfolded with intense competition. Omtex ICWC posted 154/7, presenting a challenging target. Despite commendable resilience, the Cricket Cranes reached 152/8 in response but fell short.

Henry Ssenyondo’s exceptional bowling performance, securing 3 wickets for 29 runs in his allotted four overs, added to the competitive spirit of the match.

Despite Ronald Lutaaya’s valiant effort (41) and Kenneth Waiswa’s contribution (25), Omtex ICWC emerged victorious by a narrow margin of 2 runs.

As the Uganda Cricket Cranes find themselves without a victory in the first three India games, today’s rest day provides an invaluable opportunity for reflection.

On Monday at Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana stadium, the team is set to resume with a T20 game against MCA, seeking to turn the tide.

The India tour has proven to be a valuable experience for the Cricket Cranes, shedding light on their skills and determination on the international stage. The team’s performance in these challenging matches sets a positive tone for their future endeavors in the world of cricket.

Rather than mere setbacks, these losses are regarded as valuable learning lessons, offering insights to enhance performance in future engagements, including the looming World Cup.

The resilience shown in India becomes a building block for the team’s aspirations and achievements yet to come.

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