UGANDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INAUGURAL SCHOOLS LEAGUE

Uganda Cricket Association has created a new development competition called The Schools League.

The purpose of the league is to help improve the skills of kids through more competition amongst each other as well as create more playing opportunities for everyone.

In the past, the sport in secondary schools had been limited to the Schools’ Cricket Week which is played once a year and limited in inclusion, particularly for junior players with schools focussed on winning the competition.

However, with the new program, schools will field two teams; the Juniors (S1-S3) and the Seniors (which is open to all) and the association believes that would help raise the level of competition among junior players.

The first edition of the competition will have just eight schools, three from the East that is Busoga College Mwiri, Kiira College Butiiki, and Jinja SSS while Kings College Buddo, Ndejje SSS and Aga Khan represent the Central as Ntare School and Nyakasura School are the representatives from the West.

The League was due to start this weekend but with schools ordered to close for at least a month due to the Coronavirus threat, a new date will be announced by the association.

Prepared by: Franklin Kaweru

UGANDA U19 WIN BILATERAL SERIES AGAINST TANZANIA

Uganda U19 girls defeated their neighbours Tanzania by 14 runs in the final of the bilateral series played at Kyambogo Cricket Oval.

In a game that was briefly stopped by rain, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat first but they were immediately put on the back foot when Perice Zakayo snapped up Gloria Obukor and Proscovia Alako in the first over to leave Uganda 0/2.

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However, team captain Esther Ilukor (34) and Susan Kakai (24) led the recovery job as they helped the hosts post a commendable 93/5 in 20 overs.

The visitors started the chase strongly as team captain Hudaa Mrisho (16) and Neema Pius Justine (22) put on 41 for the 1st wicket. However, their dismissal derailed the chase as Uganda tightened up their bowling as they dried up the boundaries.

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In the end, the hosts were able to hold on for a 14-run win and the series ending on a high for the young girls who completed the whole tournament unbeaten.

For team coach Ivan Kakande and his assistant Naomi Kayondo, it was a great tournament and a learning one for either of them.

The young girls are being prepared for the first-ever U19 Girls World Cup due in 2021.

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Individual Awards

  • Best Wicketkeeper: Shufaa Hamza – 4 Dismissals
  • Best Fielder: Perice Zapatista – 6 Dismissals
  • Best Bowler: Rachael Mutesi – 9 wickets in 13 overs
  • Best Batsman: Proscovia Alako 89 runs in 5 innings
  • Player of Series: Esther Ilukor – 89 runs and took 3 Wicket Keeping Dismissals

DECEMBER 2019 USPA AWARD: UGANDA CRICKET CRANES EDGE U17 GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)

The Uganda Cranes Cricket Cranes was named as the outstanding sports personality for December 2019 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).

This was during the first monthly meeting of the sports journalists under the umbrella body, USPA on Monday, 13th January 2020 at the Scarlet Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes team won five straight games during the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B at the Al Amerat oval, Oman.

The all-conquering Ugandan team beat Jersey (25 runs), silenced traditional arch rivals Kenya (by 3 wickets)Bermunda (win by 7 wickets)Italy (38 runs) and Hong Kong (by 6 wickets) to top group B, with an advantage ahead of this year’s second phase to be hosted in Uganda come July.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowlsFranklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsRiaah Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani and Frank Nsubuga were part of the team in Oman

The Uganda Cricket Cranes tallied 495 points to edge the Uganda U-17 girls football team (490 points) and Ndejje University sports team (410 points).

The Uganda U-17 girls were singled out for winning the 2019 CECAFA U-17 first ever football tournament held at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Joel Muyita | Kawowo SportsUganda U17 Girls’ national team after winning CECAFA U-17 Championship

The Ugandan girls finished unbeaten with only a draw against Tanzania in the round robin format.

On the other hand, Ndejje University finished top of all the universities at the 18th Inter University Games hosted by University of Kisubi (Unik) along Entebbe road.

This was the fifth time in a row that Ndejje University won the overall title, scooping 10 gold medals, 7 silver and one bronze in the multi sports championship.

David Isabirye | Kawowo SportsNdejje University players and officials celebrate during the apex of the 18th AUUS Games held at University of Kisubi on Friday, 20th December 2019

Commendations:

A number of teams and personalities were commended for performing well in December 2019.

These included; The Uganda Cranes (won 15th CECAFA senior Challenge Cup), Rally crew of Yassin Nasser and Ali Katumba, Uganda Motocross team, Joshua Cheptegei (record in Valencia 10KM race) and pool player Ibrahim Ssejjemba for exceptional performance at the Matthew Ngulube pool championship held in Zambia.

The sports journalists also rewarded the best per sporting discipline for the year 2019.

December 2019 USPA’s best:

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)
  • U-17 Girls Football Team (490 Points)
  • Ndejje University (410 Points)

 

  • Cricket UgandaCricket Cranes players

    Uganda Cricket Cranes Team in Oman

    1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
    2. Roger Mukasa
    3. Arnold Otwani
    4. Kenneth Waiswa
    5. Dinesh Nakrani
    6. Ronak Patel
    7. Bilal Hassun
    8. Shahzad Kamal
    9. Riazat Ali Shah
    10. Charles Waiswa
    11. Henry Ssenyondo
    12. Frank Nsubuga
    13. Richard Agamire
    14. Fred Achelam

    Prepared by: David Isabirye 

     
     

UGANDA CRICKET CRANES HOLD THEIR NERVE TO DEFEAT JERSEY BY 25 RUNS IN OMAN

Uganda held its nerve to defeat Jersey by 25 runs in their first game at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament in Oman.

The island nation won the toss and chose to field first in the only game of the opening day of the Challenge League B.

Uganda named a predictable starting XI with youngsters Richard Agamire, Fred Achellam, and Kenneth Waiswa missing out with Steve Tikolo naming a very experienced side.

Roger Mukasa and Arnold Otwani opened the batting for Uganda and despite both getting some good starts they were unable to capitalize as they fell for scores below 20.

Ronak Patel is still soul searching and he dragged a ball onto his stumps for zero to limit Uganda to 36/3 inside 15 overs.

A 70 run partnership between Shahzad Kamal (47) and captain Brian Masaba (40) settled all nerves and laid a platform for the middle order to prosper.

Dinesh Nakrani (79) and Riazat Shah (37) who in the past have combined for some memorable knocks had a 91-run partnership that helped Uganda pile 248/8 in their 50 overs.

In the chase, Jersey took the game to Uganda scoring freely and wickets were difficult to come by for the Cricket Cranes. The usually reliable spinners had an off day as Henry Ssenyondo and Frank Nsubuga had a difficult time as they failed the partnerships that were growing.

However, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Shah and Dinesh Nakrani had a great day with the ball containing the run flow and also picking up the important wickets.

Nakrani undoubtedly the man of the match picked the last wicket of the game as Uganda closed out a 25 run win.

The win gives Uganda momentum as they go into their next four games. Uganda needs at least two more wins to be able to remain in contention for the top slot in Group B.

UGANDA TO HOST WORLD CRICKET CHALLENGE LEAGUE ROUND 2 IN 2020

The ICC today announced that Uganda will be hosting the second round of the World Cricket Challenge League.

The announcement was made via an ICC media release after a meeting by the board. There were many announcements made after the meeting but the highlight for Uganda is the decision to award them the right to host the second round of the Challenge League.

The Challenge League was created last year to replace the World Cricket League (WCL) that was based on Divisions. The final WCL tournament for Uganda was in Oman where we finished at the bottom of Division 3 and this position earned us a slot in Group B of the Challenge League. Uganda is the same group alongside Jersey, Hongkong, Italy, Bermuda, and neighbours Kenya.

The 1st round of the Cricket Challenge League Group B will be held in Hong Kong this year from November 29 to December 10. The ICC is yet to make a decision on whether the tournament will be hosted in Hongkong due to unrest there.

This is the second time Uganda will be hosting a major ICC event after the successful WCL in 2017.

The relatively low cost of hosting events makes Uganda a destination for major events. The local events have also helped Uganda raise the profile of the game while they promote the event.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

UGANDA SCHOOLS SELECT WIN YOUTH QUADRANGULAR SERIES IN RWANDA

The Uganda Schools Select Side that traveled to Rwanda last week for the Youth Quadrangular series returned Saturday early morning victorious.

The youngsters selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition took part in the four-team tournament that included Nyakasura School from Uganda and two development sides from Rwanda.

The side led by Aine Aaron from Kings College Budo played six games, three T20 games and three ODI games winning all their three ODI games but losing one of the three T20 games to fellow countrymen Nyakasura.

The youngsters managed to pick up five out of the six games finishing ahead of Nyakasura to win the inaugural Quadrangular Youth series.

Cyrus Kakuru of Busoga College Mwiri was the standout player for the School’s Select Side scoring the only century of the tournament in the first T20 game en route to accumulating an individual total of 283 runs. He was complemented by the young spinners Sohela Richard of Jinja SSS who picked up 10 wickets with his leg-spin together with his partner Joseph Baguma who picked also snapped up 8 wickets with his off-spin.

The tournament was good exposure for the youngsters who are being prepared for the next U19 World Cup qualifiers which are due in 2021.

The early preparations should help Uganda Cricket to work on the skills of the youngsters and get them match-ready to compete on the international scene.

CRICKET UGANDA GIVES EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS AND WOMEN’S CLUBS.

Cricket Uganda gave 17 secondary schools and 13 ladies’ clubs cricket equipment to help them in the development of the game. The equipment is part of the consignment of equipment received by Cricket Uganda from its Australian partners Bankstown District Cricket Club.

Bankstown have been collecting cricket gear from the Bankstown community in Australia since 2004 and sending it to Uganda to help them with their programs. This relationship between Bankstown and Cricket Uganda started at the U19 World Cup in 2004 when the team manager of the Australian U19 team Brian Freedman was touched when he saw a very talented Uganda team share equipment. Since then he has taken it upon himself to collect the equipment on a yearly basis, load it in a container with all shipping costs paid up to Mombasa.

The equipment was given to the 14 schools that recently qualified for the boys’ schools cricket week with three schools that will not take part in the cricket week also benefiting from the same gesture. The three schools are Makerere College School, Trinity Academy Bwebajja and Iganga SSS. The 14 schools that received equipment include Teso College, Busoga College Mwiri, Ntare School, Nyakasura School, Masaka SSS, Jinja SSS, Busoga High School, St Johns Mukono, Mukono Parents, Ndejje SSS, Kololo SSS, Kiira College Butiki, Kings College Budo and Kyambogo College School.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

13 ladies’ cricket clubs also received equipment from Cricket Uganda. The 13 clubs make up the ladies’ league and are separated into two divisions. There are six teams in the top division that received equipment include Pioneer, Olila High School, Soroti Challengers, KICC, Jinja SSS and Aziz Damani.

The seven teams in division two that received equipment include Wanderers, Aziz Damani development, Tornado Bee, St John’s School, Gayaza High School, Premier Cricket Club, and Ceylon Lions.

The equipment will surely help the clubs and schools develop their own players as well as ensure they can practise in a safe environment.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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