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At the turn of November, Uganda’s cricket walked on egg shells after the nation was stabbed in cold blood, breathing to last place at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Oman.
With the changing ICC Associate nations’ cycle in line with the ODI World Cup, the Cricket Cranes set-up as well ought to revolve from the long-serving old guards to the new guns. To match that, Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko last month received an invitation for U-19 pair of Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Frank Akankwasa to feature at the ICC High Performance camp in Potchestroom, North West, South Africa from January 14 - February 20.
Having beaten the visa hitches to the Rainbow Nation, Arinaitwe and Akankwasa depart tonight for the priceless experience with other selected talents from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Botswana for the month’s camp.
“They have been rewarded for performing consistently over the last 18 months and we would like to further develop them,” read part of the letter by ICC Africa’s Kuben Pillay.
Primed to be the country’s batting lynch-pin, Arinaitwe was thrilled by the selection. “I earned this call through my hard work. I did my job. scoring runs over the last months,” said a smiling Arinaitwe prior to departure. “I plan to learn a lot of things and I want to prove to them that I can do what I have learnt. I target to score as many tons, if there are matches to play,” added the 17-year-old.
He is in familiar company of Akankwasa. “I hope to learn many things especially my confidence and polish my skills especially batting,” stated the all-rounder.
Akankwasa is captain of the Baby Cricket Cranes who have already started preparing for ICC U-19 Africa World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March this year in Nambia.
AFRICA ACADEMY 2019
Frank Akankwasa, Zephaniah Arinaitwe,
Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya,
Mozambique, Botswana and Uganda.
Olayinka Olaleye was the star, as Nigeria sealed an unbeaten run in the ICC Under 19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba 62 put on 148 for the first wicket, and pull his side clear in the final. That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs. Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras. In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.
In the battle for the last qualifying spot in Division 1, Tanzania got the better of Mozambique, posting a testing 215 all out. At 89 for five, they had to depend on their middle-order to make the play, and 15 year-old Dhrumit Mehta and Kartik Sayal stepped up. Nigeria and Tanzania now join Uganda, Kenya and Namibia in Africa Division One, who will play their qualifier for the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup early next year.
Nigeria’s qualification in particular was a reward for their early preparations that saw them camp in Uganda for 10 days despite losing the series 4-1.
DAY THREE RESULTS - SCW
Even with the Cricket Cranes stuttering in recent years, Ugandan cricket has always achieved on the international front.
For the fourth year running, the sport received global recognition as Uganda Cricket Association scooped the Spirit of Cricket Award at the ICC Development Programme Awards 2016 earlier this week.
“The Uganda Cricket Association partnered with Mehta Co. (SCOUL) to use cricket as a vehicle to communicate vital messages to young people on World Hearts Day,” read part of a congratulatory message announced by ICC Head of Global Development William Glenwright.
“Awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award, free health checks and counselling were offered to over 500 participants and members of the community; alongside a day of cricket at the Mehta Cricket Ground,” it continued.
The honor worth $2,000 (Shs7.2m) left UCA thrilled.
“We are delighted to bring another award home,” said UCA Development Officer Grace Mutyagaba.
Mutyagaba was in charge of the award winning event that attracted youngsters from 13 schools on September 29 at Mehta grounds in Lugazi.
“We used to have the tournament on World AIDS Day (December 1) but we changed last year. It gives joy to see some of our efforts internationally recognised,” Mutyagaba added.
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE
The International Cricket Council (ICC) caught the Cricket Cranes in sort of slumber mood when they released the fixtures of Division III ICC World Cricket League (WCL) set for May 21-31 in Uganda.
The Cricket Cranes have not played a competitive let alone a trial match since November 2016 and although the net sessions have been quietly going on at Lugogo Oval, skipper Davis Karashani and Co. can now up the tempo of their preparations with battle lines drawn.
Uganda open their campaign with a fixture against familiar foe Canada on May 23 at Lugogo and then travel to the lakeside oval in Entebbe on the following day for a clash against tricky Singapore. After a day of rest on May 25, Steve Tikolo will be hoping to pick up their third win on the trot at the University Oval in Kyambogo when they lock horns with Oman. Malaysia will be their fourth opponent on May 27 at Lugogo before wrapping up the round-robin fixtures on May 29 with a date against United States of America in Entebbe.
The tournament will climax on May 30 with the playoff finals at the three different venues with all the teams competing not only for the championship but also promotion to Division II (the top two) and avoiding relegation to Division IV (the last two finishers).
May 23: vs. Canada (Lugogo)
May 24: vs. Singapore (Entebbe)
May 26: vs. Oman (Kyambogo)
May 27: vs. Malaysia (Lugogo)
May 29: vs. USA (Entebbe)
May 30: Playoff Finals
The sextet for the 2017 ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three is complete after USA and Oman joined the party due in Kampala early next year.
The Americans and Omanis are the final inclusions after the pair took the top two coveted positions at the ICC WCL Division Four tournament, which climaxed at the weekend in Los Angeles.
Oman, led by coach Duleep Mendis, a former Sri Lanka captain, had topped the round-robin group with four wins out of five. They beat Jersey, Bermuda, Denmark and Italy but lost to hosts USA by eight wickets.
Regardless, they topped the pool with eight points, Americans finishing two points behind in second place.
A Pubudu Dassanyanke-tutored USA capitalised on home advantage to beat Oman in the play-off final by 13 runs and win the showpiece at the Severn Field, Leo Magnus Cricket Complex on Saturday. Jersey and Italy were relegated back to the ICC WCL Division Five.
USA and Oman join host nation Uganda, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore for the WCL Division Three showpiece set to be held at Lugogo, Kyambogo and Entebbe Oval at a date yet to be communicated by ICC.
It means all sides except Nepal and Bermuda, which took part in the WCL Division Three edition in Malaysia two years ago, have stagnated here. The new faces are Canada and Bermuda.
The 2011 World Cup finalists Canada have fallen from the WCL Division Two rank while fourth place in USA ensured Bermuda remain the WCL Division Four.
2017 ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE - DIVISION III
Uganda: 5th 2015 ICC WCL Division Two
Canada: 6th 2015 ICC WCL Division Two
Malaysia: 3rd 2014 ICC WCL Division Three
Singapore: 4th 2014 ICC WCL Division Three
USA: 1st 2016 ICC WCL Division Four
Oman: 2nd 2016 ICC WCL Division Four
THE UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS
Nov. 18-27: Takashinga-Kenya Tour Series
Feb – June 2017: ICC WCL Division III
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE