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Cricket Cranes Lose Juma Miyaji to Injury in Defeat to Namibia

by Rose Agwang
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Cricket Cranes coach Laurence Mahatlane was left to rue the misfortune that befell his team after the side’s opening bowler Juma Miyaji walked out injured during their game against Namibia at the Castle Lite Series.

Miyaji, who was returning to the team from a back injury, was unable to complete his second over after bowling just four balls.

The 20-year-old’s early exit was a clear cutback on Uganda’s manpower, and they went on to lose the game by 26 runs.

“Losing Juma Miyaji earlier on was a very hard blow,” Mahatlane said. “It most probably cost us 10 to 15 runs as our tactics didn’t work. We had to bowl Henry Senyondo and Alpesh Ramjani three overs from the wrong end.”

Namibia set the target at 191 for the loss of six wickets, and in the Ugandan innings, restricted the Cranes to 164.

Alpesh Ramjani (55) and Ronald Lutaya (54), both touring Namibia for the first time, had done well with the bat, but the Cricket Cranes were unable to fetch the target.

Miyaji Juma (middle) with Cricket Cranes teammates at the Lugogo Oval.

Mahatlane stated that it was a game of small margins and insisted there were positives to pick.

“The boys rallied back after Juma’s injury, and at some stage we were in it. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the momentum in the middle overs. Young Lutaya getting a 50, Alpesh getting a 50 on their first tour of Namibia was something brilliant.”

The two teams return to action on Thursday in what will be their second T20 game.

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