By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda National women cricket team alias Lady Cricket Cranes is a tournament away from their maiden World Cup appearance.
The team left the country on Monday for their maiden voyage to Europe ahead of the ICC Women’s World Twenty Qualifier 2018 due in Netherlands from July 7th to 14th at the Kampong Cricket Club and the VRA Cricket Grounds.
Team Uganda earned the right to represent Africa at this stage after beating Zimbabwe in the Africa Qualifier finals in September 2017.
Seeded second in Africa and 18th globally, the team was flagged off on Monday in Lugogo with the ladies promising to keep the nation’s flag high.
‘’The excitement is high ahead of this tournament and it means a lot to us. We have to do our best and claim a world cup spot,’’ team skipper Kevin Awino noted.
The team storms Netherlands after a series of successful preps having beaten Tanzania in January, won Women’s Twenty Challenge in May in Zimbabwe as well as serious drills at the domestic league.
Eight teams will be in Netherlands for the showpiece but the top two teams will qualify for the world cup due in West Indies.
Group A has Netherlands, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and UAE but Uganda are in Group B with Ireland, Scotland and Thailand.
The team has also been handed a timely partnership boost from MTN Uganda.
‘’We are excited to partner with the team and we expect our relationship to go beyond just partnership,’’ MTN’s Corporate Communications Manager Val Okecho noted at the flag-off.
Lady Cricket Cranes Team to Netherlands
Kevin Awino (Captain), Janet Mbabazi (Vice captain), Gertrude Candiru, Rachael Ntono, Consy Aweko, Carol Namugenyi, Franklyn Najjumba, Saidat Kemigisha, Mary Nalule, Rita Musamali, Stephanie Nampiina, Immaculate Nakisuyi, Joyce Mary Apio and Prico Nakitende
Coach, Frank Otieno Ndege and Assistant Coach, Grace Mutyagaba.