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Cricket Cranes secure third consecutive Victory in Zimbabwe ahead of T20 World Cup Qualifiers


Match Day 3 result

Uganda Vs Takashinga Cricket Club

Toss: Takashinga won the toss and elected to bowl

Uganda 144/8 in 20 overs

Alpesh Ramjani 51
Robinson Obuya 40

Newman Nyamhuri 3/27

Takashinga 103 all out in 18.3 overs

Antum Naqvi 34 off 32 Baxon Gopito 30

Henry Ssenyondo 4/16
Dinesh Nakrani 4/19

Uganda won by 41 runs

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Cricket Cranes secured their third consecutive victory in Zimbabwe, prevailing against the Takashinga Cricket Club.

This ongoing tour stands as a crucial part of Uganda’s rigorous preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifier in Namibia.

Coach Jackson Ogwang seized the opportunity to explore various captaincy options, appointing Waiswa Kenneth in place of Brian Masaba for this match. Takashinga’s skipper, Chamu Chibhabha, won the toss and elected to field.

The opening batsmen, Simon Ssesazi (9 off 15) and experienced Ronak Patel, initially strove to set a strong foundation.

However, Patel’s unexpected dismissal with zero runs off just one ball sent ripples through the Cricket Cranes’ camp. Patel, a pivotal figure in the Ugandan squad, had been a consistent run-scorer in the preceding games, notching up 73 and 35 runs, respectively.

The subsequent entry of Rogers Mukasa saw another quick departure with only 5 runs added to the tally. Nonetheless, young talent Robinson Obuya exhibited promise by contributing a commendable 40 off 38 runs.

His earlier success during the Continental Cup T20 victory earlier this year in Nairobi adds to the hopes of Ugandan fans for his form in Harare and onward to Namibia.

Alpesh Ramjani, a left-handed batting all-rounder, made a significant impact, crafting a commanding half-century (51 off 25) inclusive of three sixes and three fours. Despite the team’s effort, they concluded their innings at 144/8 in 20 overs.

Facing the challenge posed by 17-year-old Takashinga bowler Newman Nyamhuri, who secured three crucial wickets for 27 runs in his three overs, the Ugandan batsmen faced a testing spell. Tukudzwa Chataira also claimed 2 wickets for 26 runs in his four overs.

Zimbabwe under 17 bowler Newman Nyamhuri who picked 3 wickets.

In response, Takashinga Cricket Club struggled as the opening batsmen failed to make a substantial impact, falling prey to Cricket Cranes bowler Jonathan Ssebanja.

Despite efforts from Antum Naqvi (34 off 32) and Baxon Gopito (30 off 29) at numbers three and four, their dismissals at the hands of Ugandan left-arm bowler Henry Ssenyondo led to a collapse of the opposition’s batting lineup.

Henry Ssenyondo’s stellar performance, claiming 4 wickets for just 16 runs in his allotted 4 overs at an economy of 4.0, earned him the well-deserved title of Man of the Match.

Henry Ssenyondo with his MOTM accolade.

He was supported by Dinesh Nakrani’s impressive figures of 4 wickets for 19 runs in four overs, along with two wickets from Jonathan Ssebanja, Uganda successfully defended their total, bundling out Takashinga Cricket Club for 103 runs in 18.3 overs.

Uganda’s 41-run victory cements their winning momentum and sets the stage for their quest to secure one of the two spots in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

This triumph not only highlights their cricketing prowess but also acclimatizes the team to the weather conditions prevalent in the southern part of the African continent.

As the tournament briefly halts today, the Cricket Cranes will resume their campaign tomorrow, November 17th, facing Zimbabwe under 15, aiming to further solidify their form and strategies ahead of the crucial qualifiers.

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