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ICC under-19 World Cup qualifier: Hosts Kenya to face Uganda in grudge match
Uganda has played in two under-19 Cricket World Cup tournaments. Following its debut in 2004, the Baby Cricket Cranes also played at the tournament’s 2006 edition.

The Baby Cricket Cranes have made Jafferys Sports Club Oval in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi their proverbial home away from home.

The Cranes started their Under-19 Cricket World Cup qualifying campaign in Nairobi with a thumping 183-run win over Botswana and on Sunday, they were made to work for their 32-run win over Ghana after the West Africans bowled them out for 148 runs.

Tuesday’s grudge match against Kenya will provide the greatest indicator yet as to which country will boss the round robin tournament because Kenya, just like Uganda, has won its two matches, with the latest win coming in the shape of a seven-wicket win over Botswana at Gymkhana.

Uganda will be hoping that its batsmen come to the party after their lacklustre show against the Ghanian attack. Opening batsman Zephania Katungi Arinaitwe will be hoping to hit some form after being eclipsed by his less illustrious partner Ronald Opio. 

Uganda has played in two under-19 Cricket World Cup tournaments. Following its debut in 2004, the Baby Cricket Cranes also played at the tournament’s 2006 edition.

Head coach, Frank Otieno says the under-19 World Cup is a very important tournament in the grand scheme of things because it is the only age group tournament organised by the ICC. The tournament also gives the country a chance to showcase its young talent and it is a good indicator of which players will go on to play in the senior team.

The ICC Africa Region Under-19 World Cup qualifier will run its course on Saturday when Uganda once again play Kenya, this time at Gymkhana in Parklands.

Before that reverse fixture, the Baby Cricket Cranes will face Botswana on Wednesday and Ghana on Friday. The winner of the round robin tournament will automatically qualify for the under-19 cricket World Cup set to take place in New Zealand next year.