Easter Youth ODI Series: Spinners Shine as Uganda U-19 Clinches Victory over Rwanda U-19


Rwanda U-19 87 all out in 40.5 overs

Uganda U-19 88/5 30.3 overs

Uganda under-19 won by 5 wickets

In a captivating clash during the Easter Youth ODI Series, Uganda’s under-19 squad squared off against Rwanda’s under-19 team at the Jinja SS Cricket Oval, nestled in the heart of Jinja, a bustling tourism city.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Rwanda’s under-19 captain, Confiance Rukundo, found his team facing a formidable challenge from Uganda’s bowling attack, led by spinners Balidawa Ali, Sohera Richard, and Gurjivani Singh, who each claimed three wickets, limiting Rwanda to a mere 87 runs all out in 40.5 overs.

Rwanda’s under-19 team witnessed commendable performances from Yves Cyusa, who scored 29 runs off 96 balls, Chris Yussuf Namuhoranye with 18 runs off 48 deliveries, and Manirere Patrick, who contributed 14 runs off 36 balls, showcasing their resilience by batting for extended periods.

Meanwhile, Sohera Richard delivered an outstanding bowling spell, conceding a mere 13 runs while claiming three crucial wickets in his quota of 10 overs. His remarkable performance rightfully earned him the Player of the Match accolade.

During Uganda’s innings, Olipa Gerald emerged as the standout performer, crafting a stellar half-century with 54 runs off 80 deliveries, showcasing his batting prowess. Additionally, Magezi Ronald, making his debut, contributed a valuable 10 runs off 57 deliveries.

Despite the Rwandese batters putting up a resilient fight, they ultimately fell short. Gihozo Elysee proved to be the most successful bowler for Rwanda, claiming three wickets, while Theoneste Hakuziyaremye and Yves Cyusa chipped in with a wicket each.

Uganda clinched victory by five wickets, propelling them to the second position with two points from two matches – one win and one loss.

While Uganda and Kenya both have accumulated two points, Kenya holds the lead due to a superior net run rate.

Notably, the tournament adopts a round-robin format, with the top two teams advancing to the final scheduled for April 1st, 2024.

Following the game, Uganda’s under-19 head coach, Emmanuel Isaneez, expressed his elation at the team’s performance, emphasizing the significance of returning to winning form.

Isaneez highlighted the team’s ability to address the shortcomings observed in their previous match against Kenya under-19, commending their improved performance.

Emmanuel Isaneez, Head Coach Uganda under-19

Looking ahead, Isaneez outlined the team’s strategy of aiming for victories in all forthcoming matches, including the final.

Isaneez also lauded the bowlers for maintaining a tidy line with precision and acknowledged Olipa Gerald’s impressive half-century during the chase.

Meanwhile, as Rwanda under-19 prepares to face Kenya, their head coach, Adelin Tuyizere, praised his team’s resilience, noting their ability to bat deep into the 41st over as a positive outcome.

Adelin Tuyizere, Head Coach Rwanda under-19

Tuyizere also recognized Rwanda’s bowling prowess, acknowledging their efforts in challenging Uganda’s dominance on the field.

He emphasized the importance of the tournament in providing exposure to his team as they gear up for future competitions, including the upcoming qualifiers in November.

Ugandan Cricket legend Mr. Ndiko John Pitty and Uganda Cricket Association CEO, John Walusimbi, met with the Baby Cricket Cranes post-game.

Mr. Ndiko stressed the importance of vision for batters, highlighting that scoring follows sight. Mr. Walusimbi assured the boys of a bright future, mentioning upcoming tournaments to prepare them for next year’s under-19 World Cup qualifiers.


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