By Moses Wantimba
ICC T20 AFRICA Finals
Namibia 167/7 in 20 overs(RR 8.35)
Uganda 125/8 in 20 overs(RR 6.25). Namibia won by 42 runs.
Uganda’s return to action in the ICC Africa Cricket finals didn’t come with a winning smile as they lost their second game to Namibia at the Kyambogo Oval on Tuesday morning.
After a commanding opening for both teams as Uganda beat Botswana while Namibia eased past Ghana. There was ever going to be a tough time for whoever would emerge as the victor,Namibia did.
They won the toss and went at the stumps with Uganda having to field first,something that always comes second choice to their approach.
The Cranes had set out to restrict their opponents within 130 or less runs which didn’t come true as they had to chess a target of 168 in their innings.
And soon they opened their innings with a pair of Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Ham Kayondo on either sides. The start was promising as Zephaniah went for six at his third attempt however his high gear start was halted by Erasmus Vigeon as he was going for his second six.
Uganda lost its first wicket as the youngster went off with an impressive 15/11 with 2 fours in 2.6 overs. Then the rust started manifesting after Kayondo went off at 15 runs off 15 balls in 4.6 overs.
The mid-order played with a low risk strategy as Namibia restricted short balls for high returns and so Uganda got stuck in-between with more scalps being claimed. Captain Roger Mukasa could only contribute 14 off 18 en route a fall of 9 wickets that only saw a final 125 runs for the hosts.
The Cranes return to action tomorrow 21st May against neighbours Kenya in the Migongo derby as the two renew their rivalry at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in a do or die clash.