Uganda v Canada, U19 World Cup, Chittagong February 27, 2004

Uganda end on a high

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Uganda 235 for 5 (Ondeko 99*, Almuzahim 50) beat Canada 231 (Keshvani 65, Jethi 43, Bastiampillai 40) by five wickets

Uganda claimed their first points of the tournament with a five-wicket victory over Canada at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

Canada chose to bat, and put together a respectable total of 231. The main contributions came from the middle order, with Trevin Bastiampillai (40), Karun Jethi (43) and Shaheed Keshvani (65) all contributing.

The Uganda reply was lead by Martin Ondeko and Hamza Saleh, who put on 121 for the third wicket. Saleh was run out for 50, but Ondeko remained at the crease to steer his side home with five wickets in hand and three overs to spare.

Ondeko, who was left stranded on 99, was named Man of the Match and insisted he was not disappointed to miss out on a century. "I was playing for the team not for myself, and it was just great to win the match," he said. "Playing cricket is my destiny and I'm really happy that we've won a game. I will savor this match and our experience in the tournament."

Franklyn Dennis, Canada's coach, congratulated Uganda on their triumph. "Uganda played well today and we weren't at our best," he said. "We have learnt a lot during this tournament and the experience will help us to do better in future tournaments."