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Cricket T20 Africa: Captain Mukasa Wobbles Again But Uganda Beat Ghana

Thursday, May 23
*Botswana Vs Kenya – Abandoned
*Namibia Vs Nigeria – Abandoned
*Uganda 117/3 (15.1/20) beat Ghana 113/6 by 7 wickets

Friday, May 24
*Ghana Vs Botswana, 9:30AM – Kyambogo
*Namibia Vs Kenya, 1:50 PM – Kyambogo
*Nigeria Vs Uganda, 1:50 PM – Lugogo

Table

  1. Namibia – 7 (4.547)
  2. Kenya – 7 (1.363)
  3. Nigeria – 5 (0.394)
  4. Uganda – 4 (0.587)
  5. Botswana – 1 (-3.028)
  6. Ghana – 0 (-2.361)

Uganda, at the back of another Captain Roger Mukasa’s poor show with the bat, managed to overcome Ghana and collect their second win of the tournament.

Uganda off two consecutive losses against Namibia and Kenya, found solace at last to beat Ghana by 7 wickets in an ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Regional tourney at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

The victory will however matter less for the Cricket Cranes who can no longer finish among the top two required to match on to another T20 World Cup Qualifier set in UAE later this year.

Namibia and Kenya have seven points each and are top contenders to seal the two top slots.

Action at Kyambogo oval. ICC Africa photo

Captain Mukasa, who recently had stints in Singapore, has for a third time failed to live up to the task in this tournament, something that many fans and analysts have claimed that the armband is proving to be heavy for the recently reliable batsman.

Against Ghana, he was put in to bat first with Arnold Otwani but the captain, despite grabbing his first boundary of the tourney was later ran out with only nine runs after facing just eight balls.

Riazat Ali Shah took centre stage and turned out to be the hero for Uganda as his half ton (53) not out, propelled the side to a successful chase, posting 117/3 to register a 7 wicket victory with 29 balls remaining.

Otwani had 24 runs and Deus Muhumuza managed 28 in Uganda’s successful innings. Hamu Ssenyodo 3-14 and Brian Masaba 2-14 helped the side to limit Ghana to just 113 runs.

In previous engagements, Mukasa had 4 runs before coming off in the 52 run victory against Botswana when he was caught by Vinoo Balakrushnan in the second over.

His highest tally was 14 runs off 18 balls before he was taken off (LBW) by Gerhard Erasmus as Namibia battered Uganda by 42 runs. He had just 4 runs in a heartbreaking one run loss against Kenya.

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