Eliminated New Zealand thrash Uganda in T20 World Cup

By AFP
June 16, 2024
Ugandan players congratulate New Zealand´s Devon Conway after New Zealand won theirT20 World Cup 2024 group C cricket match at Brian Lara Cricket Academy Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, on June 14, 2024. — AFP

TAROUBA: New Zealand thrashed Uganda by nine wickets in a T20 World Cup Group C clash of already-eliminated teams in Trinidad on Friday.

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New Zealand, whose exit from the tournament was confirmed by Afghanistan´s win over Papua New Guinea on Thursday, cruised to an easy win after restricting Uganda to a paltry 40 all out off 18.4 overs, with Tim Southee taking three wickets for four runs and Trent Boult 2-7.

The Black Caps then raced to their victory target in just 5.2 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

Devon Conway top-scored for the New Zealanders with an unbeaten 22 while Finn Allen went for nine runs.

New Zealand´s run chase was assisted by a wayward bowling performance

from Uganda, who sent down six wides and a no-ball.

Player of the match Southee admitted the emphatic win was little consolation for New Zealand´s early exit from the tournament.

“Extremely disappointed to play ourselves out of the tournament,” Southee said afterwards.

“You look at the side, plenty of experience and we were not at our best in the first two games.

“We have a proud record in World Cups in the last ten years and it has now come to an end.”

Boult says this will be his last T20 World Cup

Seasoned New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has announced the ongoing tournament is his last T20 World Cup.

“Speaking on behalf of myself, this will be my last T20 World Cup,” Boult told the media after taking a tone-setting 2 for 7 in what was essentially a dead rubber against Uganda.

In T20 World Cup matches all told, his returns are excellent.

He has 32 wickets in 17 outings, and an economy rate of 6.07, the second-

best among the tournament’s top ten all-time wicket-takers.

Boult, now 34, has anyway only been a sporadic presence in New Zealand international sides since he was released from his central contract almost two years ago.

If this is his last T20 World Cup, it may follow that the world has seen

the last of him in One Day International World Cups as well - the next T20 World Cup is set for 2026, but the next ODI World Cup is scheduled only for the year after that.

Although New Zealand have not made the Super Eight of this ongoing tournament, Boult still has one final T20 World Cup match remaining, against Papua New Guinea on Monday.

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