Andrew Chappell (New Vision, Uganda)
Back at the happy hunting grounds of Krugersdorp where Uganda so wonderfully beat Namibia, Uganda won the toss and elected to bat on a perfect looking track. Only one change was made in the side, Nandkishor coming in for the struggling Benjamin Musoke.
The pitch looked "dry and flat and even harder than our first match", according to coach Barney Mohamed. However, the Ugandan batsmen through a combination of impatience, hard luck, misjudgement, and expansiveness managed to squander their chances in this game. Wickets fell regularly, leaving batsmen no time to settle and form partnerships.
At 6 feet 8 inches, and shoe size of 15, Boyd Rankin is one of the tournament's biggest bowlers. He used his height and speed to great effect, and the Irish spinners bowled superbly to well-set aggressive fields.
After Kyobe fell to one that kept low, and Mukasa edged behind, Olweny and Nandi took their time, settling in and taking some good shots until just after drinks at the 15th over when Nandi got a little cute, trying to tuck one away and the ball just nicked the top bail.
Baig Akbar set off on quick run and was run out by a lovely direct hit from the Irish lad Cusack for only 3. Olweny looked fine until he was stumped on 40.
Kwebiha continued nicely, and he was truly the one bright batting spot today, when it all started to fall apart as first Kamyuka went, then Franco played right back to the bowler who took any easy catch. Ssemanda came in and was clean bowled off the spinner's tricky ball. A theatrical leave by Davis allowed him to be clean bowled by the eventual man-of-the-match White for his 4th wicket and career best figures of 4/22.
No sooner had Junior's 50 come up (Well done, Captain!) when he too went edging behind to O'Brien leaving Uganda all out 155 in the 45th over.
Overall Ireland played a very tight game, with very good fielding. The bowling line was excellent and field placings good.
Uganda, not heeding the lesson, bowled without enough purpose, there were too many loose balls and without a high target there was no pressure on Ireland who batted comfortably, easily showing why they are ranked just on the verge of the world top ten.
Their batsmen seemed to have so much time to play the ball and, though small breakthroughs came, the end was never in doubt.
Tomorrow Uganda will take to the nets "and look to correct our errors and impatience", asserted manager Justine Ligyalingi. And further, they will "try to put back some of their enthusiasm", said physio Andrew Meya. It was all too evident that to team looked a little flat and unfocused.
In the end, off two massive sixes into an appreciative South African crowd at the lovely KHOSA cricket club, Ireland won easily and Uganda were taught a bit of a lesson in cricket basics. Time to recharge.