Cricket Fraternity shocked by loss of umpire Francis Ekalungar

Terrible news was shared on various fraternity whatsapp groups of the disappearance of Mr Francis Ekalungar, it was reported that he had last been seen on the 31st/12/2017 when he had gone to the bank to execute his normal duties as the accountant of Case Clinic where he was employed.

However, any hope of finding him turned to grief when it was reported late last evening that a badly burnt body had been discovered in Nakigalala Tea Estate and taken to Mulago for further examination.

His family confirmed that they could at least confirm that it was him by 80% therefore DNA tests were being conducted by the Government Analytical Laboratory to confirm a match.

The soft spoken Francis Ekalungar has been very pivotal in  the development of umpiring in Uganda.

Francis has been part of the Africa Elite Panel of umpires from Uganda a slot he shared with Patrick Makumbi.

He has stood in lots of international matches within Africa and his loss is a big blow the growing umpires association.

He was passionate about umpiring and he went out of his way especially in terms of resources to make sure the umpires were up to standard.

Until his passing, Francis he has been the Chairman of the Umpires association and he his calm handling of volatile players while on the oval will be greatly missed.

He was key in mentoring very many junior umpires as well improve the welfare of those that had served the association for a long time.

Burial arrangements are yet to be communicated from the family as they await final DNA results from the Laboratory.


Serial chokers Charity suffer loss to Tornado in cricket league

Charity Trust Fund continued to bear the season’s chokers’ tag as they yet again flattered to deceive in an 11-run defeat to Tornado despite vital skipper Jonathan Ssebanja’s return at Kyambogo Oval. 
It’s a result that left both outfits with contrasting moments to look reflect to as the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League approaches its final bend. For their superb bowling accompanied with batting self-destruction, youthful Charity continued to languish in the relegation zone with just 18 points and need a miracle to survive. 
The 2012 champions Tornado may have been mediocre all day but their experience lifted them to third place on 32 points to guarantee safety. “Charity would have won but they just let it go,” said Tornado’s Deus Muhumuza. 
“We just stayed calm, they fumbled as the effect of our experience took its toll,” noted skipper Frank Nsubuga, arguably man-of-match. 
Three maidens from Cosmas Kyewuto (3/10) and Ssebanja (2/20) squeezed Tornado at 28-5 in the opening 12.5 overs. Somehow, evergreen Nsubuga changed the tune with 12 boundaries in a 67-ball 75 half-ton. It was here that Nsubuga also threaded a 68-run combo with fellow veteran Benjamin Musoke (43 off 94) for Tornado to set 151 in 48.3 overs. The manner in which Charity failed to win is one would equate to failing to recognize one’s own parents. By the time Ssebanja’s (30 off 28) wicket fell, they were 94-5 at 16.5 overs. 
Despite Lawrence Ssempijja’s fortitude (34* off 40), Brian Masaba wrapped up the remaining batsmen for a five-wicket haul before Mitch Horrocks’ run-out dismissal of Kyewuto pounded the agony in the 30th over.

Division One results
Challengers 159/10 Kutchi Tigers 106/10
(Challengers won by 53 runs)
Tornado 153/10 Charity TF 142/10
(Tornado won by 11 runs)

ACC 197/10 Mwiri 199/6
(Mwiri won by four wickets)

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