June 4, 2007

World Cricket League

Nsubuga steers Uganda to victory

Martin Williamson

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Uganda celebrate after their 91-run victory in the final, Argentina v Uganda, World Cricket League Division Three final, Gardens Oval, Darwin, June 2, 2007
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As expected, Uganda won the World Cricket League Division Three final, beating Argentina by 91 runs in Darwin. But Argentina, who only qualified for the tournament after USA were expelled last month, came close to pulling off what would have been a remarkable upset.

At one stage Uganda, the hot favourites, had slumped to 79 for 7, after being asked to bat, with Argentina captain Esteban MacDermott, who was later adjudged player of the tournament, taking three wickets. However Frank Nsubuga, who made 55 from 38 balls, and Laurence Sematimba added a vital 80 for the eight wicket. Sematimba and Patrick Ochan, 56 from 34 balls, then posted 82 for the ninth wicket as Uganda reached 241 for 8. Nsubuga outstanding all-round day continued, taking 4 for 27 as Argentina were bowled out for 150 in the 47th over.

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Posted by amar on (July 7, 2007, 16:00 GMT)

i have a question!! what is the real age of Patrick Ochan? I played against him in East Africa cup U-19 in 2000-01, 6 years ago. he was certainly not 12, more close to 16-17 but the guy never seems to grow older than 18. lol.

Posted by Matt D on (June 6, 2007, 22:54 GMT)

Fabulous work, Uganda, the future of African cricket!

Posted by Marsha Barker on (June 6, 2007, 16:15 GMT)

Great going Uganda, congrats.

Posted by Sachin Tendulkar on (June 5, 2007, 0:30 GMT)

Hearty congrats Uganda!!!

Posted by Diego Maradona on (June 4, 2007, 18:06 GMT)

It would be great if both these teams qualify for the world cup in the Indian Subcontinent. I think Uganda has some talented players while Argentina qualifying will raise the profile of the game in South America. I know Guyana (West Indies) is in South America, but I feel its time we had a an independent cricketing nation from South America that was decent and at least up to the standards of teams like Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Kenya, etc.

Posted by Nafi Karim on (June 4, 2007, 16:37 GMT)

Congrats to Uganda but Argentina did themselves proud too considering they were the 8th seeded. Now you guys have to look forward to division two and work hard to qualify for the qualifier; never let a team of ex pats beat you! Power to the home grown teams! haha

Posted by Maurice on (June 4, 2007, 11:44 GMT)

Congratulations Uganda.. you did us proud!! Now lets re-focus our energies to the hard work that lies ahead- 2011, here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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