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Kenneth Waisswa Helps Baby Cranes to Defeat Kenya

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Captain Kenneth Waisswa (L)

Cricket scoreboard

Uganda U19 231 (48.1 ov)

Kenya U19 162 (46.4 ov)

Uganda U19 won by 69 runs

Uganda U19 side brightened their chances of qualifying to the upcoming ICC U19 world cup beating Kenya U19 side by 69 runs in an epic encounter played on Tuesday at Jaffrey Sports club ground, Nairobi.

It was an impressive performance from team captain Kenneth Waisswa who scored 60 runs from 93 balls, hitting 7 boundaries in the process.

Ronald Opio who had a good game against Ghana with 67 runs, struggled with the bat and was eliminated with only 11 runs but the team managed to hold on for an emphatic victory.

The Baby cranes now lead the division one qualification log with 6 points having won all their first 3 wins, closely followed by Kenya with 4 points.

Ghana, who also beat Botswana on the day, collected their first maximum points to move in 3rd place as the latter that are yet to win a game, remained rock bottom without a single point.

Uganda U19 side will return to action on Wednesday July 5 to lock horns with struggling Botswana at Gymkhana cricket oval.

How it went down

The Uganda U19 coach Francis Otieno, named a similar team to remain unchanged from the team that beat Ghana U19 recently.

The only alteration was the batting order as middle order batsman Ashiraf Ssenkubuge was thrown to the tail end in favour of Akankwasa Frank.

Uganda who had lost the toss and forced to bat first, started brilliantly and the first wicket at Jaffrey oval fell in the 7th over.

Uganda had reached the 50th run mark as Opio was bowled by Kenya’s Mwendwa, leaving the opener with 11 runs from 14 balls.

The team found stamina again as Wabwose Stephen who came in at position 3 hit 44 runs.

Kenneth Waisswa registered 60 and Nsubuga Siraje scored 43 runs as the team pumped up to reach 231 runs from 48 overs as the first innings was brought at the end with all batsmen out.

With the hosts targeting 232 runs from 50 overs, Uganda’s bowlers shined as Bukenya picked 3 wickets.

Kenya was limited to only 162 runs, eliminating all of them in 46 overs giving Uganda a win by 69 runs.

 

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