Record Book – The best List A bowling figures for Uganda

  Uganda’s medium-fast bowler Bilal Hassun collected match-winning figures of 5/27 from 8.4 overs in his team’s fourth World Cup Challenge League encounter against Italy at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Turf 2 in Oman yesterday. This was the first ever instance of Ugandan bowler taking five wickets in a List A match. On that note, here is a look at the five best bowling figures for Uganda in List A cricket.

5/27 by Bilal Hassun v Italy, Al Amerat, 2019-20

  Hassun created history by becoming the first Ugandan  to record a List A five-wicket haul, which was pivotal in securing a fourth successive win for the Cricket Cranes at the World Cup Challenge League B. Defending a modest 218, Uganda received a boost when Hassun removed Nikolai Smith in his third over. The 29-year-old pacer later grabbed the last four wickets, as Italy went from 157/6 to 180 all out.

4/21 by Roger Mukasa v Bermuda, Dubai, 2011   

  Before Hassun’s feat, it was  pace-bowling all-rounder Roger Mukasa who held the record of the best List A bowling figures for Uganda. Coming in as the fourth-change bowler as Bermuda replied to Uganda’s 249/7 in this third-round World Cricket League Division Two match, he took 4/21 in seven overs to spur a slide from 137/5 to 175 all out.  This was Uganda’s only win in five games at the tournament.  

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         With his haul of 5/27 against Italy, pacer Bilal Hassun became the first man to take five wickets in a List A match for Uganda (source – Daily Monitor/Innocent Ndawula)  

4/30 by Charles Waiswa v Namibia, Mount Maunganui, 2013-14

  Uganda finished on the losing side in each of their five games at the 2015 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. The streak included a 100-run defeat at the hands of Namibia in their last group fixture – a rain-hit 36-over affair – that saw them get bundled out for  61. The only bright spot for Uganda was the bowling of left-arm pacer Charles Waiswa, who took 4/30 in eight overs to help limit Namibia to 161/9.  

4/35 by Henry Senyondo v Bermuda, Al Amerat, 2019-20

  Three days before Hassun took his fifer, promising left-arm spinner Henry Senyondo starred with the ball in Uganda’s second match of the World Cup Challenge League B, taking 4/35 in 8.2 overs. Bermuda were 187/4 when Senyondo first struck, and went on to lose six wickets for 21 to be bowled out for 208. Despite falling to 29/2 , Uganda duly sealed a convincing seven-wicket win in the 41st over. 

4/37 by Joel Olwenyi v United Arab Emirates, Lurgan, 2005 

  Uganda’s last group match of the 2005 ICC Trophy (the Qualifier for the 2007 World Cup) in Ireland resulted in a 63-run defeat, but not before an impressive bowling display from captain Joel Olwenyi. The pace-bowling all-rounder returned figures of 4/37 in ten overs, as the UAE were dismissed for 201. He also scored a determined 35 while opening the innings, but Uganda never recovered from the depths of 38/4.      

2 thoughts on “Record Book – The best List A bowling figures for Uganda

  1. Uganda seem to have been on the cusp of doing something beyond the Test world. Hopefully they can progress and alongside teams like Singapore really make cricket a global game and if nothing else provide some variety.

    1. Yes. Namibia and Uganda both have it in them to carry the African Associate flag going into the near future.

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