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Easter Youth ODI Series: Uganda U19 secures convincing win against Rwanda U19 to secure final berth

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Result

Uganda U-19 325/8
Rwanda U-19 115 all out

Uganda Under-19 won by 210 runs

In an electrifying showdown during the Easter Youth ODI Series, Uganda U19 showcased their cricketing prowess, securing a commanding victory over Rwanda U19 and solidifying their place in the finals of the tournament.

The match witnessed a display of exceptional talent and strategic play from Uganda’s young cricketers, culminating in a dominant performance that left their opponents trailing.

Uganda U19 stamped their authority early in the match, posting an imposing total of 325/8 within their allotted 50 overs.

Noteworthy contributions came from Mulongo Paul, who exhibited remarkable form with a solid 62 off 59 balls, and Olipa Gerald, adding to the team’s momentum with an impressive half-century score of 61 off 65 balls.

Uganda Under-19 team

However, it was Conrald Lubwama’s explosive innings of 82 runs off 64 balls that stole the spotlight, earning him the coveted title of Player of the Match.

In the bowling department for Rwanda U19, Yves Cyusa spearheaded the attack with an impressive haul of 3 wickets.

He was ably supported by Rwandese Captain Rukundo Confiance, who claimed 2 wickets in his spell of 10 overs.

Debutant Kigabo Moise and Theoneste Hakuziyaremye also contributed to the team’s effort, each securing a solitary wicket.

In response, Rwanda U19 encountered a daunting challenge against Uganda’s formidable bowling attack.

Struggling to gain momentum and losing wickets in quick succession, Yves Cyusa held the innings together, facing 87 deliveries and scoring 32 runs.

However, his dismissal proved to be a setback for Rwanda U19, who were eventually bowled out for a mere 115 runs in 32.3 overs.

Contributions to Rwanda’s total came from Gihozo Elysee with 27 runs, Theoneste Hakuziyaremye with 12 runs, and Chris Yussuf Namuhoranye with 10 runs.

On the bowling front for Uganda U19, Sohera Richard proved to be the standout performer, claiming three crucial wickets.

He was supported by Aziz Tandya, who secured two wickets.

Notably, Uganda U19 skipper Christopher Kidega, who faced challenges with the bat, made a noteworthy comeback with the ball, also taking two wickets to further bolster his team’s bowling effort.

Christopher Kidega while giving an interview after the toss

With an impressive margin of 210 runs, Uganda U19 secured a commanding victory and booked their place in the series finals, scheduled for Monday, where they will face Kenya U19.

Rwanda’s head coach, Adelin Tuyizere, expressed disappointment in his team’s performance, noting their failure to adhere to the game plan and conceding too many runs.

Particularly disheartening was Rwanda’s inability to bat out their allotted 50 overs and lacking tactical precision in their batting approach.

Rwanda under-19 team

Having lost all three games in the series thus far, Rwanda U19 faces the task of regrouping ahead of their final round-robin match against Kenya U19 tomorrow.

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