By Alvin Bagaya
ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS SOUTH AFRICA 2009
The 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier took place in April 2009 in South Africa. It was the final qualification tournament for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The tournament is the renamed version of the ICC Trophy, and was the final event of the 2007–09 World Cricket League.
Junior Kwebiiha, Davis Arinaitwe, Asadu Seiga, Akbar Baig, Nehal Bibodi, Kenneth Kamyuka, Arthur Kyobe, Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Joel Olwenyi, Nandikishore Patel, Lawrence Ssematimba, Ronald Ssemanda, Charles Waiswa.
Head Coach: Bernie Mohammed
1st April 2009; Stan Friedman Oval, Krugersdrop: Uganda 234/7 in 50 overs(Roger Mukasa 51(66), Frank Nsubuga 45*(36), Joel Olwenyi 42(69) beat Namibia 228/9 in 50 overs (Davis Arinaitwe 4/53 in 10 overs) by 6 runs
Uganda got off to a flyer, a close call, but a flyer non the less against one of Africa’s cricketing powerhouses. Roger Mukasa picked up where he left off in Buenos Aires, probably still hearing the sound of the conga in his head and Frank Nsubuga swashbuckling 40 odd.
The winning margin turning out to be 6 runs and Namibia had bowled 4 wides.
Karashani run through the Namibia batting line up picking four but Frank Nsubuga was voted man of match.
2nd April 2017 Walter Milton Oval, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg: Uganda 231/8 in 50 overs (Kenneth Kamyuka 85(86), Roger Mukasa 42(74) lost to Canada 232/5 in 47 overs (Kenneth Kamyuka 2/46 in 10 overs) by 5 wickets.
Wicket Keeper batsman Roger Mukasa was still giving Uganda the good starts, enjoying some fine form, Kamyuka with a run a ball 86 but in the end the 231 was easily chased down by Canada on the back of a Georff Barnett century.
Uganda denied current Cricket Canada head coach Henry Osinde a wicket in the game.
4th April 2009; Stan Friedman Oval, Krugersdrop; Uganda 155/10 in 44.2 overs(Junior Kwebiiha 51(84) lost to Ireland 160/4 in 31 overs (Frank Nsubuga 2/54 in 10 overs) by 6 wickets
After the promising start, the losses were beginning to come fast and the runs drying up, Kwebiiha managing a face saving half century, but Ireland cruised home comfortably.
6th April 2009; Walter Milton Oval, University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg; Scotland 209/8 in 50 overs(Ronald ssemanda 2/28 in 9 overs, beat Uganda 163/10 in 46.1 overs(Junior Kwebiiha 69(107) by 45 runs.
Kwebiiha who was now a veteran on the side in his 8th year of international cricket at the ICC qualifiers had found some fine form, problem is the rest of the team had lost theirs; another well played half century in a 45 run loss to Scotland.
The pressure was building fast on the coach at this point. Runs were scarce and star batsman Nehal Bibodi was on the bench. Probably twiddling his fine moustache and wondering what he had to do to get a game in this side.
The Oman blitz
8th April 2009; LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria: Uganda 298/5 in 50 overs (Joel Olwenyi 85(89), Nehal Bibodi 54(81),Frank Nsubuga 48(47) lost to Oman 302/9 in 37.1 overs (Asadu Seiga 4/85 in 10 overs) by 1 wicket.
Finally the fans back home got their wish, Bibodi got his chance, and brought with him bags of runs, as the whole squad contributed to post an intimidating 298 runs in their 50 allotted overs and even the current Uganda chairman of selectors Benjamin Musoke had the rare outing scoring at more than a run a ball in the massive innings.
But Oman responded in kind and with interest, cruising at a run rate of knots; 8.6 per over to be precise, they hunted down the runs with 13 overs to spare in the match!! A shocker if ever there was one.
Seyiga and Kamyuka went for 85 in their 10 overs, the usually miserly Frank Nsubuga went for 54 picking three and current captain Karashani had only one over that went for 18 and thought wiser of taking another.
A runfest in Pretoria but Uganda on the wrong end of the result.
9th & 11th place play off:
11th April 2009; Fanie du Toit Sports Complex, Potchefstroom University: Uganda 292/6 in 50 overs (Nehal Bibodi 104(104), Joel Olwenyi 57(59) beat Denmark 230/8 in 50 overs (Akbar Baig 2/33 in 10 overs, Nehal Bibodi 2/51 in 10 overs) by 62 runs
Bibodi had a point to prove to the coach who had left him out of the opening group games, and he was doing it the way he knows best, with his bat, in a crucial tie for Uganda in terms of her future for the HP placement; Bibodi scored a run a ball hundred and Olwenyi with a fine half century.
Bibodi returned with the ball to pick two assisted by Aa kbar Baig, Uganda winning comfortably by 62 runs.
9th place play off; The Bermuda Triangle
13th April 2009; Senwes Park Potchefstroom; Uganda 352/7 in 50 overs (Nehal Bibodi 109(117), Frank Nsubuga 98(63) lost to Bermuda 356/2 in 48.3 overs (Frank Nsubuga 1/47 in 6 overs) by 8 wickets.
In a game that never ceases to throw you the biggest surprises, Bermuda hunted down a mammoth 352 for the loss of only two.
Bibodi with back to bakc centuries and a Frank Nsubuga Blitz guided Uganda to the relative safety of an imposing 352.
The bowlers’ economies on the day however reflected a hard day in the field for Uganda as Hemp 170(197) and Outerbridge 107(116) scored centuries to chase down the score with 9 balls to spare.
The 352 disappeared in a way that may only be explained by the Bermuda Triangle
Uganda was relegated to division Two and the 2009-2010 Intercontinental Shield Cup.
UgCricket Match Reviews
6th 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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