We all asked where they had disappeared to but the rains returned yesterday. They unfortunately washed out the fifth place playoff between Uganda and Malaysia in Entebbe.
The game in Kyambogo was abandoned after USA were 95-2 in 25.2 overs to allow Singapore finish 5th. In Lugogo, the players persisted and the over’s were cut to 24 for Oman’s afternoon innings. However, the rain persisted too and Oman for their hardwork during the round-robin were awarded the winners’ shield.
Lugogo kids warm up Canada, Oman
In Lugogo, the game went on despite reduced overs. In a bid to remain warm amidst the light drizzle, Canadian captain Nitish Kumar and teammate Rizwan Cheema joined the Lugogo kids who were playing a fun-cricket game on the sidelines. They were let joined by Omanis coaches and players. Good moment for those that missed the Cricket for Good outreach programme
USA rely heavily on data
As Uganda tried to chase down the 146 runs in their crucial encounter with USA, the latter relied heavily on data probably collected from this tournament to see out the hosts. Two USA officials seated in the City Ambulance tent kept informing their technical bench about the performances of Uganda’s batsmen. We wonder what happened to the data in games against Singapore, Canada and Oman.
Osinde feeling at home
Clearly Henry Osinde was one of the Canadians happy to have this tournament in Uganda. It presented an opportunity to return to his country of origin – to mix work and play.
He freely interacted with any of the faces he could recognize including Roger Mukasa’s family. It is said he is always here when he does not have commitments in Canada and West Indies but this was one homecoming for him to show the fruits of his hands to Uganda.
Unfortunately, the cricket homecoming ended in misery as Oman won the shield after rain washed out the games.