Cricket Cranes intent to skip Botswana hurdle at Africa T20 championship

New Cricket Cranes skipper Brian Masaba is a man known for few words, serenity and precise judgment.

After guiding a new-look Team Uganda to an opening eight-wicket victory over Tanzania on Friday, Masaba believes his side can go on and produce a miraculous show at the Pepsi ICC Africa Division One Twenty20 Championship in Benoni, South Africa. 
“In spite of the obvious lack of experience in our side, we are still going out to win every game,” Masaba told Sunday Monitor via phone from the team base at Garden Court in Johannesburg.

“That’s how the game of T20 should be played,” the former U-19 skipper said. Such mentality is what Masaba will instill in his teammates today when they face Botswana in tournament Day Three at the Sahara Willowmoore Oval in Gauteng.

“We want to take one game at a time and slowly win back full trust from our fans back home,” he said. There could be bowling changes against the Karabo Modise-led side with Masaba opting for more spin as the wickets offer much turn.

And further, all debutants impressed coach Peter Kirsten in the victory over the Tanzanians which has ignited a growing aura of confidence in the team camp. 
Particularly, the South African tactician lauded Kamal Shahzad’s work rate after he took 1/32 as Tanzania set 128 for 7.

However, spinners Frank Nsubuga (2/12) and Henry Ssenyondo (2/8) stood out most with pivotal spells including the prize wicket of Abhik Patwa who was dropped early and went on to clobber four boundaries and five maximums for a 51-ball 73. Uganda’s reply received an early blessing when Arthur Kyobe (34 off 22) was dropped in the third over (23-0). The left-hander went on to put up an opening stand of 60 with his Challengers’ counterpart Arnold Otwan.

The latter briefly shared the crease with Shahzad (13 run-a-ball) and Otwan earned a precious maiden international half-ton of 51* off 40 deliveries in a match-winning 43-run third-wicket combo with explosive Jonathan Ssebanja (29 off 13) in the 15th over.
More decent batting against the Batswana could illuminate the Cricket Cranes’ chances in the quest for a berth at the ICC Global T20 Qualifier due Scotland from July 9 August 2.

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Cricket Cranes seek flying start at Africa T20s

 It probably wasn’t appealing enough in the eyes of many as new skipper Brian Masaba was handed the national flag by National Council of Sports official David Katende during the Cricket Cranes’ flag-off at Lugogo to the Pepsi ICC Africa Twenty20 Championship on Wednesday.

The bitter truth is that the fraternity at large is either yet to brush off the recent failure at January ICC World Cricket League (ICC) Division II tourney in Namibia.

Or, many a fan were yet to offer full confidence to the faces in a new-look team that Masaba leads at this weekend’s continental showpiece in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“After that substandard show in Namibia, it is difficult to win over our fans that easily again,” Masaba concurred before the team flew out yesterday.

“But I urge the fans to count on us,” the batting all-rounder said. “The past is behind us and our vibrant side is ready to play and restore the pride of Ugandan cricket.” 

To quickly affirm his words, Masaba must mastermind an opening victory for the 2011 champions against southern neighbours Tanzania in Benoni this morning. “Once the players apply themselves as expected, we will be on course for a decent show,” added the former U-19 skipper. 
“Our two months of hard work must be vindicated with perfect start against the Tanzanians,” said Varinder Singh, one of the four debutants. 
“This is the time for some of us to perform and stamp our mark at the bigger stage,” another new comer Derrick Bakunzi, the current U-19 captain, chipped in.

With experienced Abram Mutyagaba having withdrawn from the set-up in the 1th hour, 2013’s tournament best batsman Arthur Kyobe (221 runs) will likely open the innings with 18-year-old Abdallah Lubega, who is having a second crack in the senior side after his short-lived first outing in 2011.

But Uganda must keenly watch Tanzania’s skipper Hamisi Abdallah, top order batsman Abhik Patwa, Athuman Kakonzi and enterprising all-rounder Benson Mwita.

The latter emerged the best bowler with an economy rate of 7.42 and 15 wickets as Tanzania finished third behind Uganda at the 2013 edition held in Kampala.

PEPSI ICC AFRICA TWENTY20 CHAMPIONSHIP
TODAY’S FIXTURES – BENONI (10am)
Uganda vs. Tanzania 
Namibia vs. Ghana 
Kenya vs. Botswana 

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Uganda Smashes South Africa Invitational XI in the ACA Cup.

UGANDA Vs SOUTH AFRICA INVITATION XI

 

UGANDA 281/7 IN 50 OVERS BEAT SOUTH AFRICA INVITATION XI 137/10 IN 37.5 OVERS BY 144 RUNS IN THE ACA CUP

 

Uganda, UCA

 

R

B

4's

6's

SR

Min

RG Mukasa

Dolley b B Erasmus

75

75

11

0

100

 

A Ziraba

D Fielding

36

83

3

0

43.37

 

HK Bagenda

B Mosena* b B Erasmus

20

24

2

0

83.33

 

PM Selowa

retired out

26

44

3

0

59.09

 

B Masaba

C Samboer b T Kannemeyer

28

37

2

0

75.68

 

Davis Karashani

Dolley

2

7

0

0

28.57

 

J Sebanja

P Fojela b T Kannemeyer

19

12

3

0

158.33

 

F Nsubuga*

not out

26

14

1

2

185.71

 

D Muhumuza

not out

24

5

3

2

480

 

Extras (w 10, b 1, lb 14) 25

Total (7 wickets; 50.0 overs) 281 5.62 RPO

Did not bat: A Otwan K Waiswa AS Kyobe D Ruyange H Senyondo

Fall of Wicket: 124-1 ( A Ziraba 25.6 ov ), 124-2 ( RG Mukasa 26.1 ov ), 156-3 ( HK Bagenda 34.5 ov ), 190-4 ( PM Selowa 40.4 ov )*, 194-5 ( Davis Karashani 42.5 ov ), 217-6 ( J Sebanja 45.3 ov ), 257-7 ( B Masaba 49.1 ov )

 

 

 

 

South Africa, South African Invitation XI

O

M

R

W

EC

AV

EX

M Budaza

4.0

0

18

0

4.50

-

(w 1)

M Njoloza

3.0

0

20

0

6.67

-

(w 3)

P Fojela

7.0

0

50

0

7.14

-

(w 1)

B Mosena*

4.0

0

21

0

5.25

-

 

Dolley

8.0

1

37

1

4.63

37.00

(w 2)

B Erasmus

10.0

2

33

2

3.30

16.50

 

D Fielding

10.0

1

41

1

4.10

41.00

(w 1)

T Kannemeyer

4.0

0

46

2

11.50

23.00

(w 2)

 

 

South Africa, South African Invitation XI

 

R

B

4's

6's

SR

Min

T Koekemoer

A Ziraba b Davis Karashani

71

96

7

2

73.96

 

P Fojela

A Ziraba b D Ruyange

10

20

2

0

50

 

D Fielding

A Ziraba b J Sebanja

0

3

0

0

0

 

B Mosena*

RG Mukasa b J Sebanja

0

12

0

0

0

 

B Erasmus

H Senyondo

23

46

3

0

50

 

C Samboer

J Sebanja b H Senyondo

0

2

0

0

0

 

Dolley

H Senyondo b Davis Karashani

12

27

2

0

44.44

 

T Kannemeyer

lbw b H Senyondo

1

6

0

0

16.67

 

K Pedi

H Senyondo

2

5

0

0

40

 

M Njoloza

not out

6

4

1

0

150

 

M Budaza

D Ruyange b Davis Karashani

2

7

0

0

28.57

 

Extras (w 9, lb 1) 10

Total (10 wickets; 37.5 overs) 137 3.62 RPO

Did not bat: F Adams J Van Dyk

Fall of Wicket: 24-1 ( P Fojela 6.4 ov ), 25-2 ( D Fielding 7.3 ov ), 31-3 ( B Mosena* 11.3 ov ), 71-4 ( B Erasmus 22.5 ov ), 77-5 ( C Samboer 24.1 ov ), 120-6 ( Dolley 33.1 ov ), 127-7 ( T Kannemeyer 34.5 ov ), 127-8 ( T Koekemoer 35.2 ov ), 130-9 ( K Pedi 36.2 ov ), 137-10 ( M Budaza 37.5 ov )

 

Uganda, UCA

O

M

R

W

EC

AV

EX

D Ruyange

6.0

1

21

1

3.50

21.00

(w 5)

J Sebanja

6.0

2

10

2

1.67

5.00

(w 2)

D Muhumuza

5.0

1

23

0

4.60

-

 

F Nsubuga*

8.0

0

32

0

4.00

-

(w 1)

H Senyondo

8.0

2

24

4

3.00

6.00

(w 1)

Davis Karashani

4.5

0

26

3

5.38

8.67

 

 

Prepared by; Franklyn Najjumba ( Women's Development Officer - UCA)

 

 

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