By Alvin Bagaya
UGANDA AT THE ICC QUALIFIERS; DUBAI 2011
The 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two took place between 8–15 April 2011. It formed part of the ICC World Cricket League and qualifying for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The United Arab Emirates hosted the event. The matches in the competition had List A status.
The teams that took part in the tournament were decided according to the results of the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier and the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. Uganda had been relegated from the ICC World Cup Qualifier with UAE, Namibia and Bermuda in South Africa 2009; Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea promoted from World Cricket League division 3.
Akbar Baig(C), Raymond Otim, Hamzah Saleh, Davis Arinaitwe, Arthur Kyobe, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Daniel Ruyange, Ronald Ssemanda, Charles Waiswa, Lawrence Ssematimba, Henry Ssenyondo.
Head Coach: Conrad Shukri
8th April 2011; ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 2, Dubai: Hong Kong 204/10 in 50 overs (Henry Ssenyondo 2/39 in 10 overs, Charles Waiswa 1/20 in 10 overs, Frank Nsubuga 1/35 in 10 overs) beat Uganda 178/10 in 48 overs (Roger Mukasa 52(72)) by 26 runs.
Promoted Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat posting 204, Uganda the relegated side from the World Cup Qualifiers supposed to be superior in ranking fell short by 26 runs, not so good omen for things to come.
Ronald Ssemanda’s yunger brother Henry Ssenyondo the left arm spinner proved a worthwhile addition in the bowling department, a discipline in wickets and containing run scoring that would follow him in his ICC WCL qualifier career to date.
Charles Waiswa was now the bowling spearhead with the departure of the experienced Kenneth Kamyuka and was showing the maturity required of him with exceptional figures on the day however Mark Chapman won the day for Hong Kong.
9th April 2011; DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai; Namibia 272/5 in 50 overs (Deus Muhumuza 3/51 in 8 overs, Davis Arinaitwe 1/38 in 10 overs) beat Uganda 67/10 in 26.3 overs (Benjamin Musoke 28(65) by 205 runs.
The cracks in the side with the departure of 3 senior players began to show, a 205 run drubbing at the hands of Namibia. Current chairman of selectors topped the scoring with his 28. Uganda had tasted one of their worst difeats in World Cricket Leageu history, and the bad omen of the Hong Kong loss had produced the beast that would begin to plague Uganda; batting.
11th April 2009; DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai; Uganda 249/7 in 50 overs (Lawrence Ssematimba 66(85), Benjamin Musoke 55(43) beat Bermuda 175/10 in 47 overs (Roger Mukasa 4/21 in 7 overs, Chalres Waiswa 2/28 in 8 overs) by 74 runs.
Uganda finally had a win at the qualifiers, albeit late. Lawrence Ssematimba found some runs and Benjamin Musoke was beginning to enjoy the desert heat, stroking a half century at better than a run a ball.
Charles Waiswa had settled into the role of strike bowler and was doing his job efficiently, Roger Mukasa showed what he could do with his off spinners, a job he later enjoyed even more in 2013 and going forward.
12th April 2011; ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 1, Dubai; Uganda 86/10 in 34.1 overs (Davis Karashani 20(44) lost to UAE 88/2 in 17.2 overs by 8 wickets.
As expected, after the departure of Olwenyi, Kamyuka and Kwebiiha, Uganda began to experience some collapses as they rebuilt a side, but not of the unprecedented proportions being witnessed.
Namibia had hinted on this, now the UAE had finally exposed a brittle batting line up, when they collapsed, they went down like dominoes, there was some steel lacking in the batting at this point.
The nightmare that haunted Uganda all the way to New Zealand had began.
The most costly run in Ugandan History?
14th April 2011; ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 2, Dubai; Papua New Guinea 186/10 in 49.3 overs (Charles Wasiwa 3/46 in 10 overs, Daniel Ruyange 2/35 in 9 overs) beat Uganda 185/9 in 50 overs (Roger Mukasa 63(78), Ronald Ssemanda 41(68) by 1 run.
Set 186 by a relatively less experienced and lower ranked Papua New Guinea, it was heartbreak again as Uganda fell short by one run, Roger Mukasa’s half century in vain as the middle order gave way easily.
Roger had now established himself as the go to man for runs in the side, giving Uganda the recquired starts but lacking the finishers and support in the middle and late order.
The batting conundrum was now becoming a systemic issue, and the losses to superior sides were too big and those to what should have been lesser sides were becoming common.
This one run was no ordinary run; Uganda lost the opportunity to move on to Division two and Papua New Guinea that went through has gone on to become a cricketing powerhouse among the associate nations, riding on Uganda’s luck? We will never know.
In hindsight, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea were on the way up.
5th Place Play Off:
15th April 2011; ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 2, Dubai; Bermuda 193/10 in 48 overs ( Davis Arinaitwe 2/46 in 10 overs, Danile Ruyange 2/35 in 8 overs, Charles Wasiwa 2/46 in 10 overs) lost to Uganda 194/4 in 46.2 overs (Arthur Kyobe 65(114), Benjamin Musoke 62(102) by 6 wickets.
Benjamin Musoke enjoyed batting against Bermuda, no surprise one his favourite shot was the glance commonly known as the Bermuda back home. Another fine half century with Artur Koybe also making the honours board.
After the amazing Bermuda 300 run chase of 2009, Uganda may have been shocked that they could not get past 200 this time around.
Uganda registered their second victory in Dubai against Bermuda but the massive losses and the two to emerging sides Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea told of a batting unit that was not ready to hold their own at the highest level.
Uganda was relegated to Division 3 World Cricket League Qualifiers 2013
11th May 2017
|RISING ZEBRAS VS ROARING LIONS||243/4 - 179/7||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|CHARGING LEOPARDS VS MIGHTY RHINOS||55/3 - 60/1||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|ACC VS SKLPS(R1)||160/6 - 162/7||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS VS NYAKASURA (R1)||172/6 - 140/5||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS CC vs J.A.C.C (R1)||194/8 - 131||JINJA S.S.S|
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