My U19 Part 2.. SriLanka 2006

15 Oct

Leading up to SriLanka 2006 we qualified with Namibia as Africa reps from an awesome tournament in Benoni Southafrica.
We were buzzing from S.A, we dominated teams on the continent. We were chasing runs for the loss of one or 2 wickets and our bowling attack was so superior to many others.
Issa, Wai, Ochan and Junior were fierce supported by Ssemanda and Davis no team had a chance.
The closest game was the semi-final against old enemy Kenya. Winner takes all kind of game,  our coach in Bangladesh Tom Tikolo was in charge of Kenya and knew our team so well. Their plan was neutralise our pace and attack Davis but they were in for a shocker. I carried an injured thumb into the game and knowing how fast our guys would bowl I was worried about bullshitting but the 4 chaps wouldn’t let me get off that easy.
Ochan tapped my thumb and said it’s only you we can trust behind the stumps, what followed after was sheer pace. Kenya was scoring at a rate of 0. 7 per over, we bowled 49 overs of pace with Davis only bowling the last over. I still don’t know how Kenya got 112 but somehow they got there. In the chase they knew we didn’t like spin and decided to go that way, we were negative blocking many balls and got into a tight chase. Pressure was on,  We needed the tail to handle it, by now coach Sam was half naked and up in a tree on the ground, only Jutine(now CEO UCA) was brave enough. Wai hated soccer warm ups but since he was next in he was juggling the ball like Arda Turin at his Barca unveiling, with 4 runs to Colombo as we kept cheering Ruyange swung across and that is the only time I have loved cross.
With our world cup ticket sealed we just showed up for the final with Namibia losing to them despite having beaten them in the group stages.
1st of all SriLanka is a beautiful island, Roger Mukasa and Solanki joined us for the World Cup replacing Kintu Micheal and Luyuyo Geoffrey who had been with been with us in S.A.
In the warm ups we played Zimbabwe and Ireland.
Justice chibaba stood out in the Zim team and he left all of us impressed with his batting no surprises when the was taking on Dale Steyn in the World Cup,  we Lost this one but not so ugly.
Ireland was nice, we managed to Nick them after posting about 230 and defending it. Our Wai trapped Morgan LBW early and that was it. Game Set Uganda, we over heard their coach giving them mouth for losing to us because he didn’t even know where Uganda was located on the African map.
We were again up against test teams Nz, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the group stages. No embarrassing scores we gave as good as we got. Pakistan was our 1st game with Sarfraz Ahmed their captain we batted 1st and scored 72 all out compare that to England 51 all out and India 71 all out we had competed. Kyobe saved us in this game for just being left handed, Anwar Ali made him fish the whole time to our advantage because no right hander was going to survive those inswingers.
They chased for 2 with Nasir Jamsheed scoring the bulk of the runs.
Against Nz and Bangladesh we fielded 1 1st.
NZ had Tim Southee in there and he was bowling gentle medium pacers never threatened anyone but now and then is a long time.  They scored 233 and we managed over 150 runs. Davis the only black caps fan i know savored this Moment playing against his team.
Bangladesh had Mushifkar Rahim as their captain with Tamim Iqbal,  Shakib Al Hassan all in there. Tamim n Rahim got half centuries and they got about 260 with us scoring about 120 all out.
We moved into the plate event where we faced Ireland(again),  Nepal and Scotland.
We lost to Ireland and Nepal and skinned Scotand.
I took one of the best catches of my career in the Nepal game, Wai was bowling nice inswingers and the Nepal skip glanced one down the leg n there i was superman taking a stunner (loved it n still do).
Scotland wasn’t game enough aganist us and we scored over 240 runs which we defended with Otim aka Uncle Ray confusing with his leggies.
We signed off losing to Ireland with Morgan killing us off. He was so positive and didn’t want to give us a chance.
Dean Elgar was captain of the SA team, Pujara was captain of the Indian team which included Rohit Sharma.
West Indies was had Xavier Marshal with Mooen Ali captaining England.
Pakistan won this World Cup defending their crown from Bangladesh.
We were the future of Ugandan Cricket, no surprises Davis, Hamza, Ochan, Issa, Ssemanda, Junior, Otim, Nakana, Roger and Wai broke through and have amazing careers with National team.
Today against USA these kids start the same journey like we did in S.A. maybe a longer route but it’s a means to a good end.
I wish them all the best.
I will forever cherish my World Cup moments till now Davis and I still talk about them like it was just yesterday.
SriLanka Team had
Hamza (Capt), Davis Karashani, Ronald Ssemanda, Ruyange Jr, Patrick Ochan, Okello Jimmy, Solanki Moneek, Roger Mukasa, Emma Issa, Kyobe Arthur, Otim Raymond, Waiswa Charles, Nakana Emma and myself.

UGANDA vs USA happening now..

Wicketkeeper Batsman
U19 2004/06

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