The Cricket Cranes brightened their chances of advancing to the semifinals of the ACA T20 Africa Cup following their 51-run win over Mozambique on Friday.
The win made it two for Uganda at the tournament which takes them top of the standings in Group A, however, the remaining games in this group will be the determinant of weather the Cricket Cranes progress to the next round.
Uganda are placed first with four points, and with a healthy net run rate that reads 1.676, but mathematically haven’t confirmed qualification.
With both Rwanda and Malawi having at least a game to go, the group is still wide open. Should Rwanda-the only team in the group left with two games- lose to Malawi, Uganda and these two teams will all finish with four points, that’s assuming Rwanda beats Mozambique in their last game. This will bring in play the net run rate to determine the two that progress from this group.
To avoid the net run rate drama, Uganda needs Rwanda who beat them in the opening game to win all its remaining two games to confirm qualification as group runners up or for Rwanda to lose both games.
On Friday when the Cricket Cranes beat Mozambique, Henry Senyondo won the Player of the Match award. The spinner plucked four wickets, but Uganda also had Frank Nsubuga pick up three. Both bowlers conceded 20 runs.
Uganda’s start to this game wasn’t a very convincing one. Ronak Patel, Simon Ssesazi and Riazat Ali Shah who was playing his first game at this competition all got ejected inside power playteam. But the partnership of Roger Mukasa and Robinson Obuya brought some sanity into the team. By the time Obuya (24) was dismissed, a decent total had been registered.
Alpesh Ramjani then took the mantle from Obuya and posted 32 in another fruitful partnership with Mukasa. Mukasa ended the game with 45, five shy of a half century.
He helped Uganda put a decent score of 149 that Senyondo and co backed up with their brilliant bowling.
Uganda will now have to wait until Sunday to find out if they’ve booked a place in the semis.