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Cricket Cranes Secure Nail-Biting 2-Run Victory Against Takashinga Cricket Club in Zimbabwe

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The Cricket Cranes clinched a tight win by a mere 2 runs against Takashinga Cricket Club, marking a thrilling start to their tour in Zimbabwe.

Ronak Patel, awarded the Man of the Match, showcased an impressive performance, scoring 73 off 51 balls—comprising a six and ten boundaries—in the ongoing tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe, pitting against Takashinga Cricket Club.

This series serves as vital preparation for the Cricket Cranes in anticipation of the upcoming ICC T20 Cricket Africa qualifiers slated for later this month in Namibia. The hosts, Takashinga Cricket Club, reigning champions in the Zimbabwe league, offer a robust challenge, providing invaluable experience to the entire Cricket Cranes squad during this tour.

In a toss won by Takashinga captain Hamilton Masakadza opted to bowl first to.
Batting for the Cranes Simon Ssesazi contributed 19 off 22, Rogers Mukasa scored 45 off 31, while other batsmen couldn’t breach double figures. Despite this, the Cricket Cranes posted a competitive 166/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

During Takashinga’s bowling stint, Daich Nyandoro and Newman Nyamhuri demonstrated their prowess by each claiming two wickets, conceding 26 and 31 runs, respectively.

Additionally, Tukudzwa Chataira and Tanyarwadza Kagumba made notable contributions, securing one wicket apiece while giving away 30 and 36 runs, respectively.

Takashinga’s innings, Baxon Gopito led the charge with a half-century (56 off 35), supported by Joylord Gumbie (22 off 29), Hamilton Masakadza (38 off 26), and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (33 off 26). Their collective efforts fell just short as they reached 164/5 in 20 overs, narrowly missing the target by 2 runs, granting the Cricket Cranes a hard-fought victory.

Bilal Hassun, bowling for Uganda, made a significant contribution by claiming two wickets for just 19 runs. His exceptional performance earned him the responsibility of bowling the final over, a testament to his impressive spells throughout the game. Notably, Jonathan Sebanja, skipper Brian Masaba, and Henry Ssenyondo each secured a wicket for the team, adding to the Cranes’ success.

The Uganda tour to Zimbabwe takes a break tomorrow, with the games resuming on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

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