Prior to facing Namibia yesterday morning, the writing on the wall was already clear that Team Uganda were going to finish bottom of Group B at the on-going ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.
But a 100-run loss to the boys from Windhoek will require a deep breath for many to take as it was an unexpected dismal manner in which coach Johan Rudolph’s side completed their pool matches at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
That fourth defeat ensured Uganda finished without a point and can now only battle for an eighth-place finish to avoid relegation to the ICC Division III.
In a fixture delayed by rain, Ugandan skipper Davis Karashani (pictured) should have been elated with his choice to field first after they restricted Namibia to 161 for 9 in 36 overs. But again, meekly batting deterred his side from a consolation victory.
“I think as a side we bowled and fielded well to restrict Namibia to 160. Again, when it mattered most with the bat, we didn’t pitch up,” Karashani told Daily Monitor from the team base at the Trinity Whalf Hotel in Tauranga.
Adding: “The conditions became much windier by the second innings and the ball swung much more than it did earlier, and I guess we just couldn’t cope with the swing.”
Namibia’s opening pair of Louis van der Westhuizen (52 off 71) and Stephan Baard (27 off 22) set the tone but were both neutralised by left-arm pace man Charles Waiswa (4/30) who claimed the tournament’s fourth best figures.
A helpless Rudolph should have had his face in his palms when Uganda was bowled out for a paltry 61 runs under 18 overs – the lowest total at the event so far. Only Philemon Mukobe (23 off 41) reached double figures on the gusty afternoon.
Uganda will now rest for three days until Sunday when they play fourth-placed Group A side of either Scotland or Canada in the play-off.