Uganda U19 60 (17.1 ov)
Kenya U19 61/3 (8.3 ov)
Kenya U19 won by 7 wickets
Uganda U19 cricket team suffered a shocking defeat against Kenya in their deciding and last match of their ICC Africa U19 division one phase to shutter their dreams of qualifying to the 2018 Cricket world cup in a worst fashion.
The Baby cranes who went into this encounter as top favourites and table leaders having won all their previous division one matches, were 2 points above Kenya and boosted a higher Net run rate (average runs per over scored minus average runs per over conceeded).
Uganda who opted to bat after winning the toss were bowled out for 60 in 17.1 overs as Rogers Olipa, Siraje Nsubuga and Richard Agamaire were the only Ugsndan batsmen who managed to reach double figure scores.
Kenya who came back in the second innings with a simple target of 61 runs, managed to chase down the score with much vigour and style as Kenya’s all-rounder Thomas Ochieng hit an unbeaten 26 off 22 balls to overturn the deficit with 249 balls remaining to give Kenya a win by 7 wickets.
The result ended Uganda’s hopes of qualifying to the upcoming 2018 U19 Cricket World cup in New Zealand, a feat they last achieved in 2004 in Bangladesh and 2006 in Sri Lanka with most of the players now on the current Senior National team.
Kenya qualifies to the World cup to join Namibia and ICC member South Africa as African representatives.
South Africa is the only African side to have won an U19 Cricket World cup having triumphed it recently in 2014 in a tournament hosted in Dubai (UAE) when South Africa finished the whole series unbeaten, walloping Pakistan in a one sided final.