Uganda seeks finer details, Kenya begins soul searching

Team Uganda coach Steve Tikolo already stated he would love his side to clinch the Easter Cricket Series against visiting side Kenya.

With three games done, Uganda leads their eastern neighbours 2-0 following Easter Monday’s gritty 27-run victory at Lugogo Oval.

“We showed a lot of character where Kenya really top of us,” Uganda’s captain Davis Karashani told this paper in an interview after they defended their 199 score.

Tikolo and his players know the job is not done yet in the Series as the Cricket Cranes prepare to host the ICC World Cricket League Division Three next month.

There were several pointers to pick and Uganda will not only hope to wrap up the Series but also seek finer details with bat and ball in Game Four at Lugogo today.

“We haven’t played the perfect game yet. We feel we have some areas to correct. So we’ll relax a bit and come out improve,” Karashani stressed.

Kenyan legend Tikolo will want to see more partnerships like the rare steady opening 51-run stand between Arthur Kyobe (30 off 41) and Hamu Kayondo (30 off 63) as well as the 74-run recovery combo between Deus Muhumuza (30 off 45) and Emmanuel Isaneez (33 off 52).

With Arnold Otwan (lost his mother) and Lawrence Ssematimba (groin), and Frank Nsubuga (hamstring) the latest casualty, their voids must be properly be filled.

Game Three had a team slump from 51-1 in midway the 12th over to 91-5 after 23 overs, a clear indication of a broken bridge between the top and middle order.

While the art of death bowling was duly tested, Karashani and company ought to avoid giving away cheap runs in the field, something Tikolo echoed after Game One last Friday.
On the other hand, Kenya will hope to step on the gears and make a difference.

“We have to improve on our batting,” noted veteran Collins Obuya, who leads the Series batting charts with 108 runs from three innings.

After Obuya (50 off 54) and Dhiren Gondaria (56 off 52) combined for an 83-run third wicket combo, Kenya needed 87 runs off 173 deliveries to win but they lost seven wickets in a rather fast and furious mode.

“Rather than going for big scores, we must rotate the strike and bat all the 50 Overs. My teammates should apply themselves better and stick to the basics.” Obuya urged.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Uganda off to a flyer in UAE T20 Cup

There is no better way Team Uganda’s coach Francis Otieno would have wanted his side to start the UAE International Women Twenty20 Cup.

The Lady Cricket Cranes started off at the invitational event with a convincing 87-run win over Oman at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

“It was a good game,” delighted senior player Franklyn Najjumba told this paper via phone. By then, the mood was a jovial one back in camp at Hotel Holiday International.

While Otieno will have to find solutions to a mid-order collapse, the Kenyan tactician will particularly be impressed with the team response.

Skipper Barbara Mukankusi’s three boundaries in an opening knock of 23 off 32 hardly got support from six batters on the order as Omani bowling trio Saya Channa (2/20), Sajina Rajesh (2/38) and Akshadha Gunasekar (2/21) enjoyed fine spells with the ball.

Uganda was reeling at 71-6 not until Najjumba and Carol Namugenyi walked onto the crease. The pair combined well for a 65-run partnership with 35 runs off 32 deliveries coming off Najjumba’s bat.

Namugenyi had 23 runs off 24 balls and 29 bowling extras had Uganda pile 126-7. The Ugandan fielding innings began with verve and put Oman in a tight spot at 5-3 after 5.5 overs courtesy of Namugenyi.

She snared outstanding figures of 4/3 and two maidens. That early blow set the tone as Consy Aweko (2/2) and Mackenzie Ayato (2/7) bowled out the Omanis for 39 runs. Today is rest day for Uganda but Oman takes on Kuwait in Group B.

UAE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S T20 CUP
YESTERDAY’S RESULT
Uganda 126/7 Oman 39/10 
(Uganda won by 87 runs)

Uganda playing for pride against Kenya

Yesterday’s listless display against Qatar ended Uganda’s interest in the ongoing Four-Nations Twenty20 Quadrangular Series.

Uganda went down by six wickets in a low-scoring one-sided affair at Nairobi Jaffrey’s Sports Club in Lavington. Coupled with Monday’s 31-run loss to Saudi Arabia at Nairobi Gymkhana Oval, the Cricket Cranes are out for contention for Friday’s final.

But Steve Tikolo’s charges have a chance of playing ‘Kingmaker’ when they play for pride against Kenya in today’s derby clash at Nairobi Gymkhana Oval. The match will be telecast live by ZUKU TV.

Kenya put on an insipid show as they went down by 39 runs to a fired-up Saudi Arabian-outfit at Gymkhana and now run into wounded Ugandan side eager to get the monkey off their back in the shorter code of the series.

Uganda’s only win in the One Day International (ODI) Series last weekend was against Kenya – a two wicket win last Friday.

And Tikolo believes that result will pump up the Ugandans to complete a rare double of their ‘big brothers.

“We have been losing matches but we are not a bad side,” 
said Tikolo, a man who played in five ICC Cricket World Cups.

“We have just been making small mistakes here and there. But the players are fired up for the Kenya game.”

For Kenya, coach Thomas Odoyo says they have no option but beat Uganda convincingly and keep their hopes of progressing alive. “Our shot selection was poor and we paid the price of complacency,” said Odoyo, without trying to find any excuse for his team that was bowled out for 84 while chasing 124 against Saudi Arabia yesterday.

“We have the experienced players to turn the tide. We shall don the thinking caps and stay on our toes.”
At the Nairobi’s Jaffrey’s Ground, Saudi Arabia will take on Qatar and if the latter win, they could as well be in final with a game to spare depending on what happens at Gymkhana Oval.

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Update for the Quadrangular Series in Kenya

 

Uganda National Men's Team is out in Kenya for a series of games in the ongoing Quadrangular Series.

The team will encounter Qatar and Kenya next after their first lost in to Saudi Arabi by 37 runs.

 

Match Summaries for Day 1

 

Game 1 Uganda Vs Saudi Arabia at Jaffrey’s Cricket Oval

 

Saudi Arabia 240/10 in 42.2 Overs beat Uganda 203/10 45.3 Overs by 37 Runs

Toss won by Uganda who opted to Field

 

Batting Saudi Arabia: Inyat Saeed 132(77), Abdul Waheed 43(60)
Bowling Uganda: Henry Senyondo 3/44 in 8.2 Overs, Frank Nsubuga 3/58 in 10 Overs, Davis Karashani 2/45 in 7 Overs, Roger Mukasa 2/27 in 7 Overs

Batting Uganda: Arthur Kyobe 40(45), Davis Karashani 31(45), Jonathan Sebanja 36(37), Frank Nsubuga 33(41)
Bowling Saudi Arabia: Ibrarur Haq 4/46 in 10 Overs, Nadeem Javed 3/51 in 10 Overs

 

Tomorrow Uganda Vs Qatar at Jaffrey’s Cricket Oval

 

Grace

 

 

 

Win over Kenya gives Uganda slim chance

Things change quickly and that is the nature of Twenty20 cricket. One commanding victory against arch-foes Kenya got Uganda’s camp buzzing again on Sunday. 
The 53-run win was a true testimony of the huge talent in coach Jonathan Ssebanja’s side. 
It got everyone talking and wondering what could have been ‘if’ the earlier games had been played with similar grit and gusto. With everyone thinking Uganda had dropped their shoulders and destined for the wooden spoon at this International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women World T20 Qualifier, the omens came good. Captain Barbara Mukankusi won her first toss of the tournament, opted to bat and watched in delight as her openers Mary Nalule (33) and former skipper Naome Kayondo (24) raced to 55 without loss in 10 overs.

Uganda went on to tally the tournament’s second ton of 114, the other being Zimbabwe’s crushing 147 against the Kenyans, and then produced a clinical wicket-to-wicket bowling display to bundle out Kenya for 61.
“There is no team that has better players than mine in this tournament,” a relieved Ssebanja said. “We have been our own problem. The girls feared to express themselves because they fear to fail. In the end, they failed. We were also bowling three extras during our trial matches in Kampala, now we giving away in the excess of 15. Look at our losing margins, we are only hurting ourselves. And I don’t want to give the excuse of jetlag or that one of playing 160 overs in two days.”

And with the rest day yesterday helping the team to dust off the rust at the beautiful Harare Sports Club’s nets, Ssebanja still believes the Lady Cricket Cranes can pull off a shocker and pip Zimbabwe and Kenya on Net Run Rate (NRR), if other results go their way, to the lone slot to the ICC Women World T20 Global Qualifier in West Indies 2018. “We have Tanzania in the morning and Zimbabwe in the afternoon. Tanzania got us on the back foot. We now know them better and we will execute.”
Zimbabwe top the log with 12 points, Kenya are second on six, and Uganda third with three.

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CWB, AUTUMN PROJECT IN NORTHERN UGANDA -2015

Today was a day of two halves. The morning was slow because we had no coaching in due to the fact  it was a Sunday and only boarding schools were open. The allowed us a couple of hours at the hotel relaxing and then a stroll around the streets of Gulu, to have a browse and to do a bit of shopping.


The relaxing morning ensured that all members of the team were eager to get coaching again in the afternoon. We first visited Mary Immaculate school where we received a warm welcome. Like a couple of days before, the students of the all girl school were incredible to coach. They were very attentive and got stuck into the drills we had set up for them. The session involved a mix of catching, batting and bowling drills. The catching drill involved a mix of competitions and silly acts (a chicken impression being one of many). Whilst doing the drills, we would introduce the ABCT messages when applicable.


Following this hour and a half hour session, we headed to Sir Samuel Baker School, which is a senior all boys school. As a team, we decided to set up a game of pairs cricket due to the age of the students and the fact they already had cricket equipment in use on their large flat playing field. This session was very successful and the boys were very knowledgeable about the ABCT messages and were very open about why they would and why they wouldn’t follow the message. One reason why they wouldn’t use condoms was because they are too expensive, which could be a major cause for HIV and AIDS being still a big issue in the country still. One student states that roughly 5% of the school had HIV.


During this project I am in charge of doing the monitoring and evaluating (M and E) of the coaching sessions at each school. This involves asking three random students a set of questions before the session and another three students the same questions after the session. This enables us to understand how much knowledge the kids have about HIV and AIDS before the session and then to see if their knowledge improves as a result of our coaching. M and E also helps the charity understand the long term impact it has in particular areas and at particular schools after multiple visits.

Overall, it was a superb day which involved coaching two very good school and the team felt that we had a positive impact and we look forward to the festival day tomorrow where there will be some members 27th September.

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Victory over PNG offers Uganda slim chance to ICC U-19 World Cup

The Baby Cricket Cranes must beat a bunch of permutations if they are to progress to next year’s ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

A third appearance at the global stage will be a reality if Henry Okecho’s boys follow up yesterday’s nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) with another big one when they face Ireland in an epic qualifier in Malaysia today.

“We will carry this momentum from the PNG win into tomorrow (today)’s game,” coach Henry Okecho told Daily Monitor on phone from the team base at Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. However, victory in their final round-robin contest alone is not enough. 
Uganda must also pray that one of unbeaten sides Ireland and Nepal falters in their remaining fixtures. “Our job is to beat Ireland and see how everything else goes. We have some plans for Ireland but will look at the wicket in the morning and take a decision,” Okecho said about a possibility to change his playing side.

Yesterday’s win over PNG at the Kinrara Academy Oval improved Uganda’s Net Run Rate greatly.

Like men on a mission, a charged bowling unit led by man-of-match Frank Akankwasa (3/15) and Abdallah Lubega (2/14) bowled out the Asian side for 83 runs in 30.4 overs.

Then seven boundaries and three sixes in a quick-fire half-century of 59 runs off 37 balls from opener Zephaniah Arinaitwe plus a 20-run combo from Kenneth Waiswa (13) and John Gabula (8) sealed the emphatic win.

ICC U-19 GLOBAL WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 
TODAY’S FIXTURES - 4.30AM (UG. TIME)
Uganda vs. Ireland, Bayuemas Oval
Nepal vs. USA, Kinrara Oval
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
PNG 83/10 Uganda 84/1
USA 100/10 Ireland 101/2

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