It looked convincing and comfortable, yet it couldn’t be summarized as such for both Uganda and Oman, who started their campaigns in ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 in Oman with wins over Denmark and Kenya respectively on the opening day of the 2-week tournament.
The targets set by both Denmark and Kenya were almost similar if not for a different of 1 run, and both Uganda and Oman lost similar amount of 5 wickets en-route to victory. Comfortable, you would say but when you have plenty of overs to spare to reach there, losing that many wickets to get there is not so convincing. If the targets are around 220-250 margins, these wickets will hurt any given day if chasing that many by the time they reach the middle overs.
Oman pair of Bilal Khan (2/31) and Kaleemullah (4/26) starred with the ball for Oman as Kenya never got going after being reduced for 8/3 in no time, while Charles Waiswa (4/25) had a good second spell as he ran through the Danish lower order to set up the game for Uganda.
Zeeshan Maqsood (Oman) and Arnold Otwani (Uganda) played the major role with the bat to guide their respective countries to victory. But there is plenty to be achieved in the next rounds of matches where the rest of the batting line-up’s need to contribute more than what they got today.
Both Uganda and Oman are back in action on day 2, as they take on USA and Singapore respectively.
Kenya 164 all out in 49.2 overs (Rakep Patel 36, Sachin Bhudia 34, Gurdeep Singh 25, Kaleemullah 4/26, Bilal Khan 2/31, Jay Odedra 2/25) lost to Oman 166/5 in 42.5 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 53 n.o, Jatinder Singh 33, Khawar Ali 24, Dhiren Gondaria 2/31, Nelson Odhiambo 1/9, Sachin Bhudia 1/17) by 5 wickets
Denmark 165 all out in 44.4 overs (Mads Henriksen 43, Hamid Shah 31, Saif Ahmed 30, Charles Waiswa 4/25, Riazat Ali Shah 2/24, Henry Ssenyondo 2/26) lost to Uganda 167/5 in 36.2 overs (Arnold Otwani 88, Riazat Ali Shah 29 n.o, Dinesh Nakrani 20, Saif Ahmad 2/33, Nicolaj Laegsgaaed 1/22) by 5 wickets