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FINALLY: Ugandan cricketers get winning start

Wicket for Uganda on Friday. Uganda takes on US today. 📷 @usacricket

Day 1 #WCL3
➡ Uganda 🇺🇬 167/5 36.2 Denmark 🇩🇰165
Uganda wins by 5 wickets
➡ Oman 🇴🇲 166/5 42.5 Kenya 🇰🇪 164
Oman wins by 5 wickets

SATURDAY

Uganda vs USA
Oman vs Singapore

Kampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Eighty-eight runs from Arnold Otwani spurred Uganda to a much sought after winning start to the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Al Amarat, Oman on Friday.

Otwani opened Uganda Cricket Cranes’s batting and hit the tournament’s first 50, as Uganda raced to 167 for 5 in 36.2 overs, for a five wicket victory over Denmark.

Today’s victory brought to an end a disastrous opening match record for Uganda at the ICC qualifying tournaments. In 2017, hosts Uganda did not recover from a day-one loss to Canada in the ICC WCL Division 3  and were relegated to Division four, where they won earlier this year, but after surviving another false start – this time against Malaysia.

Wicket-keeper Otwani and bowler Charles Waiswa made sure there was also no repeat of the Uganda-Denmark thriller in Malaysia, where Uganda won by a single run, with the very last ball.

After four catches by Otwani that ensured Denmark struggled from the start, bowler Charles Waiswa mopped up the tail-end with figures of four for 25 in 8.4 overs.

Uganda’s innings had actually started disastrously, with Roger Mukasa out for a duck. Otwani stabilized the innings, hitting 15 fours in the 86 balls he faced before being caught, 12 shy of a century as Uganda charged towards a 166 target.

He had done the damage with a man of the match performance to that point, and by the time he went off, Uganda was only 36 short off their target, at 130-5 in 28 overs.

Denmark can be said to be the weakest of the sides Uganda will face in this tournament, but a winning start will give Steve Tikolo’s side the belief they need to match the very best.

Up next is the United States, Saturday.

All eyes on 2023 World Cup

The 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three is an international cricket tournament that is currently taking place in Oman between 9 and 19 November 2018. It forms part of the 2017–22 cycle of the World Cricket League (WCL) which determines the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

The top two teams will be promoted to the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament, and the other four teams will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup

The 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two is scheduled to take place in April 2019 in Namibia.

Six teams will qualify for the tournament:

➡Papua New Guinea (9th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)
➡Hong Kong (10th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)
➡Canada (3rd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)
➡Namibia (4th in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)
TO BE DETERMINED (1st in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)
TO BE DETERMINED (2nd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)

Standings so far

Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
 Uganda 1 1 0 0 0 2 +1.296
 Oman 1 1 0 0 0 2 +0.595
 Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
 Kenya 1 0 1 0 0 0 –0.595
 Denmark 1 0 1 0 0 0 –1.296

SOURCE: Wikepedia.com

FULL SCHEDULE

Friday, 9 November –  Oman v Kenya, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Denmark, OC Turf 2 – 8.30am

Saturday, 10 November – USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Oman v Singapore, OC Turf 2

Monday, 12 November –  Kenya v USA, OC Turf 1; Denmark v Singapore, OC Turf 2

Tuesday, 13 November – Oman v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Kenya, OC Turf 2

Thursday, 15 November – Singapore v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Denmark v USA, OC Turf 2

Friday, 16 November – USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Kenya v Singapore, OC Turf 2

Sunday, 18 November – Kenya v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Oman v Uganda OC Turf 2

Monday, 19 November – Singapore v USA, OC Turf 1

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