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Lady Cricket Cranes off to Harare

The Lady Cricket Cranes were flagged off on Thursday. (Agency Photo)

KAMPALA – The Lady Cricket Cranes flew out of the country in the wee hours of the morning.

The team are off to Harare where they will be defending the African crown they won in Windhoek, Namibia, two years ago.

There are ten players from that championship winning team that earned the Lady Cricket Cranes a maiden appearance at the Global qualifiers as African representatives.

The team that was flagged off by the National Council of Sports on Thursday, May 2nd, will also be vying to qualify for two other major events.

The winners of the tournament will qualify for both the WT20 World Cup in 2020 and the 50 over World Cup.

The 14 ladies will be led by Kevin Awino and assisted by Janet Mbabazi, Micheal Grace Ndiko is the head coach of the side and he will be assisted by Habib Mugalula.

The tournament which will run from May 3-15 sees Uganda pitted in Group B along with old rivals Kenya, Namibia, and Sierra Leon.

Uganda will play its first game on the afternoon of May 5 against Sierra Leon, then Namibia and Kenya as the last group game.

Group A has hosts Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Mozambique.

The winners of each group will face off in a final.

The home team Zimbabwe are favorites going into the tournament and on the back of some serious performances during the Victoria Series where they defeated rivals Uganda and Kenya.

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