The expected sense of delight is still abound for Uganda’s senior national women’s team - Lady Cricket Cranes following a 6-0 sweep in the bilateral Twenty20 Series against Tanzania earlier last week.
“It was a good outing,” said assistant coach Grace Mutyagaba after the team’s return from Dar es Salaam on February 2. But even if the results paint a picture of a rollercoaster for Uganda, there were some things that troubled the tourists.
“Being a team with plenty of spinning options, it’s given our batters were heavily tested by the Tanzanians,” he remarked. “We did not struggle as such but the spin slowed down the batting run rate.”
In all matches, Uganda did not make more than 120 runs in any innings, a big worry as the East African nation builds up for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Global World Cup Qualifier due July 3-14 in Netherlands.
“Yeah, our target in each game was scoring above 120 but like you know Rome wasn’t built in one day. This is something we need to build over the coming months we see ourselves there in the closest time possible.”
Mutyagaba and his colleague Francis Otieno, however, will be delighted the bowling department countered the Tanzanians. More to note, with the ball were the debutants Irene Alumo, Evelyn Anyipo and Claire Mushakamba who did fit in well.
They performed well but Claire (Mushakamba) struggled a bit with the bat,” disclosed Mutyagaba.
UGANDA’S TOUR OF TANZANIA
Tanzania 89/9 Uganda 91/5
(Uganda won by 5 wickets)
Tanzania 81/6 Uganda 84/2
(Uganda won by 8 wickets)
Uganda 107/6 Tanzania 78/4
(Uganda won by 29 runs)
Uganda 101/7 Tanzania 34/10
(Uganda won by 67 runs)
Uganda 59/10 Tanzania 42/6
(Uganda won by 17 runs)
Uganda 70/10 Tanzania 55/10
(Uganda won by 15 runs)