In a cat-and-mouse case, Cricket Cranes ensured that there was no buyout for Kenya Simbas by qualifying for the T20 World Cup global qualifiers scheduled for next year.
Uganda made sure they dealt with Tanzania in the morning – brushing them aside for just 68 points – Frank Akankwasa with a matchmaker performance with the ball scooping up 4/10 in 3.4 overs.
Simon Ssesazi – the chase executor scored 40 points and left the rest of the work to be completed by Dinesh Nakrani and Deus Muhumuza.
The win meant Uganda advanced to the final round robin against Kenya, needing just one win to finish victorious in the 2021 Africa T20 qualifiers.
Kenya won the toss and chose to strike first in the afternoon. Alex Obanda delivered a few nasty shots but never made this good start as he fell under Henry Ssenyondo’s left arm spin for 21.
Rakeep Patel (62) and Collins Obuya (29) combined for a 94 partnership from 14.4 overs, however you feel they beat so slowly – Kenya only managed 123 in 20 overs despite losing just three wickets.
In the chase, Uganda lost the wickets to Saud Islam and Ronak Patel early on, but Simon Ssesazi (18) and Deus Muhumuza (7) stabilized the ship even though both fell with at least 73 points needed for victory. .
The moment came when Dinesh Nakrani (28) and Riazat Ali Shah (43) secured the victory for Uganda as they not only had to find what was needed but also faced a delay of rain for the victory.
The skies opened with at least 43 races still needed for the 5.3 overs win and at this point Kenya were ahead of the D / L method by 4 races.
Kenya did not appear interested in stepping back to complete a contrast with the Ugandans who got involved to ensure the pitch can be ready for the game.
When play resumed, the calculation was 36 out of 27 balls for Uganda after losing one due to stoppage of play.
Kenya again showed its dissatisfaction with the calculation, but that was never going to be resolved in the boardroom.
Dinesh Nakrani and Riazat made sure the scoreboard continued to work with the singles, with youngster Raj Patel guilty of putting Riazat on the first ball when play resumed and also giving a limit in the failed attempt.
From there, Riazat and Dinesh sailed to the finish and ensured the result with 8 balls remaining in the match.
A great victory for the Cricket Cranes who had to do the job with their two coaches Jackson Ogwang and Laurance Mahatlane both hospitalized due to illness.
A great reward for a team that is definitely on the rise since Laurence Mahatlane and her backstage staff took over.
Cricket Cranes return to the big stage as Africa’s other side alongside Zimbabwe, world qualifiers take place next year ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.