27 January 2009
Jamie Brazier’s four wickets helped
Martin Gleeson, coach of
“It was a great result for us. There is still a bit of work to do and there is some room for improvement, but we have got the bowling right,” said Gleeson.
“We are very disciplined and we have worked very hard on our bowling. We have good variety, with pace, spin and some medium-pace and have worked on getting the right line and length.
But Gleeson was also keen to play down the fact his side is potentially one win from securing a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, although it still has Afghanistan and Hong Kong to play.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves at this stage. We still have
However, credit should go to the Ugandan bowlers who managed to close out the PNG innings with good effective bowling, reducing it from 126-5 with more than 11 overs of the innings remaining to 165 all out.
In reply, Uganda also looked to be cruising at 67-2 but once Arthur Kyobe (33) was dismissed by four-wicket hero Jamie Brazier, the middle-order crumbled and even a last wicket stand of 28 could not deny Papua New Guinea victory, with Kenneth Kamyuka, who had earlier taken three wickets, left stranded on 34 not out.
Kamyuka disheartened by defeat
“We are very disheartened as we should have won the match. We took winning for granted and that is something we spoke about in the team meeting,” said Kamyuka.
“We relaxed too much, dropped some easy catches and played some bad shots.”
“I am sure that we will win tomorrow and again on Friday,” he added.
“The best thing about our team is that they are fighting back when the game seems to be slipping out of our hands,” said Kabir.
“They never give up, they just keep on fighting, and that is the true Afghan spirit.”
Opener Ahmad Shah top-scored with 44 in a disappointing total of 164 all out, the third consecutive time in this tournament that the side has failed to bat out the full 50 overs, as many as the star names in the Afghanistan side once again failed to perform to the best of their ability.
Opening the batting, it was Barton again who led the counter-attack opening
However, Lord was eventually run out attempting a second run, leaving the home side 19 runs short of its target.
The Afghan coach admitted it had been another nerve-wracking game to watch and that it proved the competitiveness of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
“Anybody can beat anybody else in this tournament and that is why it is still wide open and we need to work hard to get our place in the final two,” said Kabir.
“If we can beat PNG it will gave us the confidence to go into the game against the tournament’s weakest team but the
In the other game of the day, Hong Kong handed
And a regular flurry of wickets saw