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Cricket Cranes soar to Bronze victory at 13th African Games


In a landmark moment for Ugandan cricket, the Cricket Cranes, etched their name in history with a resounding Bronze medal victory at the 13th African Games.

The tournament marked cricket’s inaugural appearance at this prestigious event, held amidst fierce competition at Achimota Secondary School in Ghana.

Drawn into Group A alongside formidable opponents like hosts Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, Uganda kicked off their campaign with a statement of dominance, as they convincingly defeated Kenya by a margin of 72 runs.

Noteworthy contributions from stalwarts like Roger Mukasa, Dinesh Nakrani, and Kenneth Waiswa propelled Uganda to a commanding total of 169/7, while Kenya faltered, managing a mere 97 all out.

Inspired by their opening triumph, Uganda continued to soar, securing a resounding 121-run victory over Ghana in their second encounter.

Simon Ssesazi’s sublime knock of 90 off 50 balls earned him the Player of the Match accolade, underscoring Uganda’s depth and talent.

In the final group stage showdown, South Africa posted a modest total of 95/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

Uganda responded with a determined effort, chasing down the target with resilience to reach 99/8, securing a hard-fought victory by two wickets.

Uganda sealed their dominance in the group stage, emerging victorious in all three encounters and securing the top spot in Group A.

This flawless performance propelled them into the semifinals, where they faced Namibia, the second-placed team in Group B.

However, the Cricket Cranes’ quest for gold faced a formidable challenge in the first semifinal against the Richelieu Eagles of Namibia.

Despite a courageous effort, Uganda fell short in their pursuit of victory succumbing by 24 runs.

This setback relegated Uganda to vie for the Bronze medal.

Uganda entered the bronze medal match against Kenya, who had previously lost to Zimbabwe in the semifinals, boasting impressive statistics.

Uganda showcased a total team score of 549 runs across 4 innings, securing the 4th position in Africa rankings.

Roger Mukasa emerged as the top scorer with an impressive tally of 205 runs, topping the leaderboard.

Additionally, Uganda’s bowling prowess was evident, with a total of 32 wickets taken, led by Alpesh Ramjani, the top wicket-taker with 12 dismissals in the tournament. Uganda had won 3 out of 4 matches leading up to the bronze medal clash.

In the bronze medal match, Uganda posted a formidable total of 206/6 in their allotted 20 overs, setting a challenging target for Kenya.

In response, Kenya struggled to maintain momentum, managing only 100/9 in their 20 overs.

Cosmas Kyewuta’s exceptional bowling performance, claiming figures of 4/13 in 4 overs, earned him the Player of the Match award.

Uganda secured a convincing victory by 106 runs, clinching the bronze medal in style.

In a sad moment, following Kenya’s defeat and failure to secure the bronze, legendary cricketer Collins Obuya announced his retirement from international cricket.

With emotions running high at the Achimota Oval, Obuya bid farewell to the game after an illustrious 21-year career since 1999, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and sportsmanship.

Despite the disappointment of falling short of gold at the African Games, the journey for the Cranes was punctuated by significant individual milestones.

Simon Ssesazi’s distinction as the third associate cricketer to surpass 2000 runs in T20 cricket, coupled with Roger Mukasa’s attainment of the coveted 1000-run mark in T20 internationals, showcased Uganda’s rising prominence on the global cricketing stage.

Reflecting on the team’s performance, Kenneth Waiswa, who led Uganda in the final two games after Skipper Brian Masaba’s injury in the group stage, underscored the significance of self-assessment and positivity.

His remarks exemplify the unwavering determination and unity displayed by the Cricket Cranes in navigating adversity throughout the tournament.

Looking ahead, the Cricket Cranes are set to intensify their preparations for the upcoming World Cup, with plans for another training camp in Sri Lanka.

This Bronze victory not only signifies Uganda’s emergence as a force to be reckoned with in global cricket but also serves as a testament to the team’s resilience, talent, and unwavering spirit.

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