Unbeaten Kololo SS, Jinja SS first to reach last eight

Kololo SS’ batsmen Adriko (R) and Siraje Nsubuga complete a single as umpire Norbert Abii looks on. The pair have been key in Kololo’s unbeaten run thus far. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO  Kololo SS’ batsmen Adriko (R) and Siraje Nsubuga complete a single as umpire Norbert Abii looks on. The pair have been key in Kololo’s unbeaten run thus far. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

Courtesy of their results over the past three days, 2014 finalists Kololo Secondary School and Busoga College Mwiri remain firm contenders for glory at the on-going Pepsi Boys’ Schools Cricket Week.
The two nemesis sides alongside Jinja SS confirmed their places in the quarterfinals thanks to flawless streaks in the Group stages yesterday. 
First, Kololo continued to rely on opener Brian Adriko as they completed their pool phase with five wins in as many matches. 
The Senior Six student made 43* off 39 at Lugogo and later a 47-ball 54 at Kyambogo for Kololo to notch respective nine-wicket and 43-run wins over Busoga High School and Kyambogo College School. 
“We are on a roll and will not allow complacency to creep into our camp as we head into the crucial quarterfinal stage,” said Kololo coach Jackson Ogwang. 
“I know we have a day off (today) but we’ll use it to prepare and assess our next opponents.”
2009 champions Mwiri also relied on Joseph Byaruhanga’s flashing blade that contributed knocks of 82 off 50 and Ronald Opio (42 off 28) to beat coach Yusuf Nanga’s Masaka SS by 162 runs at King’s College Budo Astro Turf ground. Byaruhanga stroked another quick half century of 52 off 19 in Mwiri’s clinical seven-wicket victory over King’s College Budo at the latter’s grass wicket. 
“Once my boys keep applying themselves, no one will stop us,” said Mwiri coach Emmanuel Isaneez. Last year Mwiri and Kololo SS shared the trophy after rain washed out the highly-billed final.

PEPSI SCHOOLS WEEK - TODAY’s FIXTURES 
Masaka SS vs. Nyakasura 9am, Lugogo
BC Mwiri vs. St. James SS 2pm, Lugogo
KC Budo vs. Rwanda X1 9am, Kyambogo
Nyakasura vs. Rwanda X1 2pm, Kyambogo
Kyambogo CS vs. Agha Khan 9am, Budo Astro
St. Leo’s vs. Agha Khan 2pm, Budo Astro
Yesterday’s results - selected
BS Mwiri 211/5 Masaka SS 49/10 
Busoga HS 86/4 Kololo SS 87/1
St. Leo’s 83/10 Jinja SS 84/3

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