Slow Start For Cricket Cranes In India

The Cricket Cranes tour of India got off to a terrible start following their double losses in their opening two games on Friday at the Omtex ground.

The Cranes who landed in India on Wednesday and who were taken through a class session by Jatin Patel the next day faced the National CC in their opening two T20 games, but came short of the man power to silence the locals.

Ronald Lutaya 56 and Kenneth Waiswa (26 and 3/5) took control of Jackson Ogwang’s charges in the first game, but the batting unit of their opponent that was led by Sumit Dhekale (68*) was too good for the Ugandans to handle and the hosts went on to record a 2-wicket win.

The second game was even more telling. Uganda, guided by Roger Mukasa (64) and Lutaya (37) put on board 180, but National CC chased it with great ease, leaving two unused Overs.

Waiswa picked two wickets here, but a collective effort from Ayush Vartak 44, Umesh Gurjah 47, Rooneet Thakur 44* and Rahul Kodavoor 36* ensured their team win by 7 wickets.

The positive picked on match day one was the consistency of both Lutaya and Waiswa. Mukasa also showed a glimpse of his capabilities.

Ogwang can hope the trio and his entire team continue with the competitiveness as the preparations for their maiden World Cup continue.

Hopes for full recovery of both Juma Miyaji and Cosmas Kyewuta- the two opening bowlers also continue. The two are still being treated with caution. They took no part in Friday’s games.

In their absence, Innocent Mwebaze earned his debut for the Cricket Cranes. Mwebaze alongside David Wabwire opened the bowling for Uganda in the second game.

The Cricket Cranes return to action on Saturday against the Omtex ICWC Select side at the same ground.

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