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Baby Cranes Wallop Ghana to Edge Closer to the U19 Cricket World Cup

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Baby Cranes Team lineup

Scoreboard

Uganda U19 – 267/9 (50ov)

Ghana U19 – 93/10 (29.1 ov)

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Uganda U19 won by 174 runs.

Uganda U19 cricket side, the Baby Cranes, continued to fire on all cylinders when they beat Ghana U19 by 174 runs to remain unbeaten in their division one ICC U19 African qualifiers for the upcoming Cricket World cup.

The Baby cranes made light work of their opponents in the first innings scoring 267 runs with both Olipa and Arinaitwe hitting similar figures of 72 runs in an emphatic victory.

Kenneth Waisswa picked 5 wickets in the second innings as Ghana were all eliminated in the 29th over managing only 93 runs on their day to forget.

The result puts Uganda in a pole position to qualify for the upcoming U19 Cricket World Cup, as the team is comfortably sitted on the summit of the log.

Uganda will today, Saturday July 8 face off with Kenya in a mouth watering East African derby at the Gymkhana oval in Nairobi.

How it Went Down

Kenneth Waisswa won the toss and as expected, the Uganda captain opted to bat first.

There was only one change for team Uganda from the side that beat Botswana in the recent outing as Gerald Mubiru paved way for the tail ender, Trevor Bukenya.

Opening batsman Arinaitwe gave Uganda a perfect start as he hit 9 boundaries to score 72 runs from 60 balls before he was bowled and caught by Joseph Oko Adotei.

With Opio getting dismissed for a duck, it was Waisswa who hit a patient 39 run off 85 balls before Olipa had an unbeaten 72 score to wrap up an incredible innings with 267 runs for the fall of 9 wickets in 50 overs.

Ghana who were targeting 268 runs from 50 overs to overturn the deficit, started nervously with 3 wickets falling in the first 7 overs.

Bakum Rexford, who is the Ghana captain held on to his nerves to remain on the crease but he was later dismissed in the 13th over of the game at 47/5 having hit 23 runs off 37 balls.

Ghana succumbed to pressure as Waisswa managed to pick 5 wickets with a lowest economy of 2.00 from his 8 overs he bowled, as the opponents were all out before the 30th over with just 93 runs giving Uganda U19 a win by 174 runs.

Saturday fixture

Kenya U19 vs Uganda U19

Ghana U19 vs Botswana U19

 

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