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Cricket U19 World Cup Qualifiers: Baby Cranes See Off Ghana to Continue Impressive Spell

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Baby Cranes captain Kenneth Waisswa (L) during the toss time

Scoreboard:
Uganda U19 148 (35.5 ov)
Ghana U19 116 (38.5 ov)
Uganda U19 won by 32 runs

Uganda U19 side, the Baby Cranes, continued their good run in the ICC Africa U19 world qualification tournament in Nairobi with their second victory as they beat Ghana U19 by 32 runs.

Trevor Bukenya had a man of the match performance on the day as he picked crucial wickets.

Earlier on Saturday, Uganda U19 had defeated Botswana by 183 runs in their opener in a game where Eddie Agaba notched 73 runs.

In other results, Botswana U19 lost to Kenya U19 by 7 wickets.

The Baby Cranes will return in action on Tuesday, 4th July against host nation Kenya.

How the drama unfolded

Uganda U19 team captain Kenneth Waisswa won the toss and elected to bat.

Uganda’s innings

The start for the Baby cranes was poor as opening batsman Zephania Arinaitwe was caught in the 4th over with just 14 runs to his name.

Peace was restored when his opening partner, Ronald Opio, held on to remain on the crease and scoring 67 runs off 85 balls, hitting 5 boundaries in the process before getting run out by Aboagye.

Waiswa and Ssenkubuge registered double figures notching 22 and 17 in that order, but the tail enders in Bukenya and Kyewota were both eliminated for a duck.

The Baby cranes were all out at the closing end of the 35th over, ending an incredible innings with 148 runs.

Ghana’s turn

With Ghana needing 149 runs from 50 overs to win the game, it looked like an easy chase but Uganda’s bowler Trevor Bukenya had a better thought.

The opening partnership of Anami and Ossei was eliminated in quick successions without a run registered thanks to Bukenya’s heroic bowling.

Bakum who later came in at the 4th position managed to get the things going for the Ghanaians when he hit a half century off 97 balls.

Bakum was bowled by Arinaitwe and caught by Waisswa as Ghana succumbed to pressure, and later all their batsmen were all out before the 39th over with just 116 runs.

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