U19 Cricket World Cup: Thawithemwira Picks Positives Ahead of South Africa

Uganda’s Fixture
•January 18th, 2022: Uganda vs. South Africa, Queens Park Oval – Trinidad Tobago
•January 22th, 2022: Uganda vs. India, Brian Lara Cricket Ground – Trinidad Tobago

Uganda coach Ivan Thawithemwira has picked positives from the team’s loss to Ireland ahead of their second game with South Africa in Group B at the ongoing ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in West Indies.

Uganda put up a commendable show on Saturday but lost to Ireland by 39 runs.

The Baby Cricket Cranes showed resolve for extended stretches including a couple of individual brilliance.

Thawithemwira was impressed and said that they will look to build on such positives in the next game.

“We managed to push the envelope, we managed to push our boundaries, the boys gave a good account of themselves,” said Thawithemwira.

Uganda were bowled out with 197 having limited Ireland to 236 for 9.

Uganda in Trinidad and Tobago for their second game against South Africa

Thawithemwira added: “We saw some good scores, they managed to play out at least 48 overs. We managed to challenge one of the Test Playing Nations and we are happy with what the boys managed to achieve.

“We have very good building blocks on which we can construct our house. We have seen the bowling department do their part, they managed to contain Ireland. We saw some good partnerships and a good half century. There was good finishing from Miyaji. Many of our KPIs have been ticked off today.”

“We have just have to look at our starts, especially the batting, how we start has been a problem once again today. We just have to see how we can improve. But we are hopeful that we shall be able to rectify all that.”

Two wickets each from Juma Miyaji, Pascal Murungi, Joseph Baguma and Matthew Musinguzi had given Uganda a fighting stance.

But Joshua Cox scored an unbeaten 111 runs to bring back Ireland in the contest.

Captain Pascal Murungi led the chase with a 63 and Juma Miyaji hit a 38 at No.9, before Ireland’s quality surfaced as Uganda went down fighting.

Captain Murungi commented: “It’s all about showing the World that we can also play the game. However much we lost, we are not far from the good teams. Ireland is a good team, but we have showed them that we have the talent to challenge them.

“We hope to keep building on the positive, we have to do what are supposed to do right.”



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