It was a sad day for the Uganda Cricket Cranes as they lost to USA at the Entebbe Cricket Oval at the on-going 2017 International Cricket Board ICC World Cricket League Division 3 Championship on Monday.
Apart from hosts Malaysia who stopped Uganda on Monday, the team skippered by Frank Nsubuga picked wins against favorites Nepal, USA and Singapore. The best two teams that automatically qualify for the Division 2 event in Namibia will battle in the final on Thursday.
Hosts Malaysia beat Uganda by 4 wickets with 174 balls remaining. Uganda first put on a miserable 106/ (39.0), while the hosts chased and recorded 107/6 in 21.0 overs. Phillimon Selowa recorded the highest score of 24 runs. Uganda will now need to beat Bermuda in the last game on Wednesday to qualify for the Division 2.
Phillemon Mpho Mukobe was outstanding with 84 runs, while Brian Masaba and Jonathan Sebanja picked 51 and 20 runs respectively. Nepal's 23- year- old Naresh Budayair picked a game high 62 runs for his team.
Ugandan players have a chance to play in the World Cup Woodball finals later on Friday in Malaysia. The impressive Ugandan players have all finished among the top 50 out of 120 entrants from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Singapore and Vietnam. Uganda is the lone representative from Africa.
The Uganda Woodball Federation (UWF) has summoned a national squad of 22 players to enter residential camp tomorrow as it awaits sponsors to support them to take the teams for the World Cup and World Junior Championships.