By Denis Musali
Event Winners are as follows;
Under 11 Boys Category - Balawoli PS
Under 13 Boys Category- Kyanjuki PS
Under 11 Girls Category- St Edwards PS
Under 13 Girls Category- Kyanjuki PS
The annual mini cricket festival came to a close today at the Lugogo Cricket Stadium, the festival that brings together the different regional winners had 14 schools competing for honors in the U11 and U13 categories for boys and girls.
Unfortunately St Agnes Primary School the central region representatives suffered a freak accident and couldn't make if for the finals. Barring that mishap over 100 pupils both boys and girls spent the whole day hitting and chasing balls for bragging rights.
Kyanjuki Primary school who have dominated all categories for the last years were dethroned in the U11 girls that was won by St Edwards from Masindi and the U11 boys that was won by Balawoli Primary School from Kamuli. None the less Kanjuki managed to snap up the U13 girls and boys titles a reward for their handwork over the years.
The annual mini cricket season is open to only primary school going pupils and runs over two months in over 50 districts in Uganda, the schools first compete at the district level with the winners moving on to the regional competition and the regional winners qualifying for the finals that happen in Kampala.
For primary schools who come from as far as Soroti, Kasese and Masindi sometimes a trip to Kampala is a dream trip and the smiles on their faces tell the story. The mini cricket has been the feeder for the schools development program where children are introduced to hard ball cricket.
National team players such as Charles Waiswa, Arthur Kobe, Davis Karashani are all products of the mini cricket program.