Andrew Chappell (New Vision, Uganda)
On a day when Uganda needed to win against Oman to ensure their progress through to the Super Eights stages they managed, again, to throw away a very commanding position, and without any answer to a hard hitting attack, lose the match.
Having elected to bat, quite sensibly, on a hard a flat track in Pretoria, the revamped batting attack bowled with flair and purpose, and put on a lovely 298 runs, their highest score of the tournament.
All of the batsmen used got into double figures with the exception of Junior Kwebiha who came in for a late cameo and a score of 8 not-out. Benjamin Musoke was a revelation, and somehow took on the persona of Kevin Pieterson smashing a useful 44 of 21 balls. The others, especially Olweny's 85 all did a good job. At this point the future looked bright and rosy.
However, Oman have already taken apart more experienced bowling attacks than ours, with a very simple philosophy of hit hard and hit early.
Against Kamyuka and Asadu they quickly took the aerial route and 33 runs came off the first two overs. Although there was some settling of accounts along the way, as, eventually answers to the big hitters were found, finally, it was too little too late.
Hitting at an amazing pace, as if this were a 20/20 match the Omanis piled on the runs, until they were in such a position that they needed only 3 an over off the last 25 overs. A couple of catches were put down, and they do say "catches win matches".
It is to their credit that Oman batted so well, and one must salute their adventurousness. However, tactically there was no serious attempt to disturb the batsmen and stop the singles. Uganda did not seem to be prepared for their air assault, and continued leaking singles and giving up the fours and sixes.
In the end, one must go back to the drawing board, as it were, and look at the match preparation and planning.
There is still much to play for, as a top-ten place shall continue Uganda's much needed access to High Performance and Development funding.