Day Two - Uganda Outclass Rwanda In Clinical Fashion, Perfect Pair For Tanzania At Kwibuka T20 In Gahanga

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women's Twenty20 Tournament
Results - Wednesday, June 19

Game Three

Mali 11/10 (Oumou Sow 3; Nunu Omary Tindo 3/1 in 3.3 overs, Tabu Said Omary 3/3 in 3 overs) lost to Tanzania 14/0 (Monica Pascal 11*; Tenin Konata 0/14 in 0.4 overs) by 10 wickets

Game Four

Uganda 91/6 (Esther Iloku 31*, Damalie Busingye 28; Diane Marie Bimenyimana 2/19 in 4 overs, Margueritte Vumuliya 1/6 in 4 overs) beat Rwanda 61/10 (Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu 13, Margueritte Vumuliya 11; Stephanie Nampiina 3/17 in 4 overs, Mildred Anyigo 2/5 in 2.5 overs) by 30 runs

Fixtures - Thursday, June 20

10.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 

2.50pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

The sixth edition of the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament came alive on Day Two at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium in Rwanda. Mali’s tough initiation to the big stage continued as they suffered another 10-wicket annihilation to Tanzania but Uganda managed to get their campaign off the mark in clinical fashion with 30-run win over hosts Rwanda.

Uganda captain Rita Musamali (R) and Rwanda's Sarah Uwera (2nd L) alongside umpires Vicky Prajapati (2nd R) and Jackson Nzayisenga (L) at the pre-match toss at Gahanga International Stadium.

Two in two for Tanzania

Batting first, Mali played out a whole 15.3 overs but could unfortunately muster only 11 runs. Unlike against Rwanda on the opening day, there weren’t 10 ducks this time round as three of the West Africa nation’s batters got the scoreboard ticking.

Oumou Sow played out 20 balls for her three runs, Aissata Sangare (2 off 22) and Mariam Samake (1 off 7) got the monkey off their backs but Mali were still left at crossroads by Nunu Omary Tindo (3/1 in 3.3 overs) and Tabu Said Omary (3/3 in 3 overs).

And like in the match of records on Day One, it took Tanzania just four balls to cross the finishing line with Monica Pascal (11*) hitting two boundaries in her three-ball cameo off the bowling off Tenin Konata, who ended with expensive figures of 0/14 in 0.4 overs.

Such was Mali’s progression from 6 all-out to 11 all-out, they will be looking to pick quick lessons and continue their learning curve for the rest of the tournament.

Uganda coaches Ivan Kakande (L) and Michael Grace Ndiko (R) were not shy to ring the changes as they brought in three debutants that helped the Lady Cricket Cranes get off the mark.

Uganda fightback

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko rang the changes and duly got the response as the Lady Cricket Cranes rallied from a painful five-runs loss to Tanzania on the opening day to defeat Rwanda on Day Two.

Vice-captain Immaculate Nakisuuyi, opening bowler Evelyne Anyipo and wicket-keeper Maria Kagoya were rested by coaches Ndiko and Ivan Kakande.

But their stern action of ‘benching the senior players’ were justified when debutants Gloria Obukour, Mildred Anyigo and Christine Anayo punched their weight and helped Uganda, who are eyeing only their third title since the tourney’s initiation in 2014, to get their first triumph.

Obukour fell for four runs off four balls and bowled two overs for one run including a maiden, Anyigo was fiery with new ball registering figures of 2 for 5 in 2.3 overs - snaring the last wicket during Rwanda’s vain chase in the process and Anayo showed her all-round abilities (1* & 0/8 in 2 overs) to help swing the game in Uganda’s favour.

After scoring six all out against Rwanda, debutants Mali showed some little improvement as they managed 11 all out in 15.3 overs this time round.

Iloku moment

But none of the three debutants scooped the Player of the Match award. It was, however, one of their own from the Soroti Cricket Academy stable – Esther Iluko – that notched the honours.

After scoring 36 runs on her Twenty20 International debut against Tanzania, Iluko garnered an unbeaten 31 off 35 balls, ably supporting opening Damalie Busingye (28 off 42), to help Uganda set 91 for 6 in 20 overs.  Iluko also expertly kept wickets on the day.

Rwanda, who featured in a 10-wicket record-win over Mali on Day One, never got going as they were quickly stifled at 8 for 5 in 7.4 overs. Wickets continued to tumble thanks to leg-spinner Stephanie Nampiina (3/17 in 4 overs) and Susan Kakai (1/10 in 3 over), and it was only Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu (13) and Margueritte Vumuliya (11) that reached double figures.

Uganda's captain Rita Musamali plays the slog sweep shot in her brief innings as she looked to up the scoring rate for her side in the first innings.

Uganda will be anxious to continue the ruthless winning mode against Mali in their third fixture. The tournament is played on a two-round robin basis thus the nation with most points at the end will be champions, and has International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 International ranking status.

Unimoni T20 success seals best season for Aziz Damani

The Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup didn’t heed to the fact that sport hates dominance as the tournament wrapped up on Sunday.

It ended with familiar sights as Aziz Damani sealed a rare season double after beating perennial Cup finalists KICC by 31 runs at the University Oval in Kyambogo on a day largely devoid of sunshine.
Now Damani players have the mandate to demand for something more than a celebratory trip to Kenya from club owner Siva Koti. 
This is after they became the first club since Tornado back in 2012 to win both the T20 and limited-overs’ silverware.

Best day
“It is our best day,” Koti said moments after his common loud celebrations with the players at dusk with the trophy and a Shs2m dummy cheque from sponsors Unimoni.

Businessman Koti had won a black t-shirt on the day with a gigantic print of the face of an African lion, much to show much Damani had roared in the club cricket jungle this year. 
“We have won all trophies in the year,” he said of the double, also done by the Damani ladies. 
“We had planned for this and we have achieved it. We motivated the players and had good training,” he added.

The players must be happier. “It wasn’t easy but we did the basics right,” left-arm pace bowler Charles Waiswa said in front of television camera.

Damani defended the 50-Over League by going unbeaten over 14 matches but in the T20, they had been floored by Ceylon Lions via the group stages on November 24.

Somehow they found sweet revenge on Sunday when the two faced off in the morning semifinal at Lugogo, Damani successfully chasing a target of 142 runs. Lions had failed to stop them from getting 35 runs from the last 15 balls.

Challengers denied
On the other hand in Lugogo, KICC had denied three-peat chasing Challengers by winning a low-scoring thriller by 11 runs after Suleman Sharif and Irfan Afridi had put another customary stand-out batting show. But KICC must consult their gods more if they are ever to play a T20 Cup final. It turned out that they lost a third final, like it happened in 2014 and 2016 to Challengers.
“We are not cursed,” KICC captain Hanumant Katkar said, “We didn’t do enough to win it. May be we are just a little shy of the podium but we’ll get there someday,” he said.

Obviously, once beaten, twice shy for KICC but Damani as well had other ideas having failed to unlock the championship door even with four straight semifinals.

Captain fantastic
With Damani opting to bat first, they relied on Saud Islam’s 36-ball 47 to reach a safe total of 140-8 even if KICC bowlers Falak Shar (3/26), Afridi (2/33) and Davis Karashani (2/23) had been resistant.

Then Wassim Butt began the chase for KICC like a man on a mission, the opener stroking six boundaries and five sixes but his innings ended at the 12th over with a fine knock of 68 off 37.

Unfortunately, his teammates couldn’t supplement in a more distinct way, Damani’s Bilal Hassun (2/13) and Riazat Shah (4/17) clipping their small wings smartly. Butt was ‘consoled’ with a Player of Series accolade while Sharif was Best Batsman.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Jazz Safari National Ladies’ League Tournament Favorites Square Up For Mouth Watering Clash

inja Cricket Oval

Olila High CC Vs Aziz Damani CC

Saturday 29th, 2018

10:30am 

Players To Watch

Olila High CC:    
Rachael Ntono
Janet Mbabazi
Esther Illokur
Damalie Busingye
Joyce Mary Apio                                                                     

Aziz Damani CC:      
Immaculate Nakisuyi
Getrude Candiru
Consy Aweko
Teddy Oyella
Sarah Bakhita

Lugogo will play host to probably the biggest game in ladies’ cricket this yeah with the tournament favourites Aziz Damani and Olila High CC clashing for honours.

Olila High Cricket Club opened their campaign with the narrowest of wins stolen from KICC on the opening day of fixtures. Boosted by that win, they go into this fixture with the confidence of denying their opponents a shot at glory.

Felix Musana, the pioneer of the Soroti Cricket Academy where the majority of the Olila High CC players come from was quoted saying;

“It is really good to play the game with the math in our heads online. When we set, we need to know what score we need, to bowl them out so as to get that bonus point. When we are chasing, we need to know the overs by which we should have chased that score. Cricket is a good sport if you clearly know how the math is done.”

In his response to the upcoming fixture, Aziz Damani head coach Yusuf Nanga had the briefest of words when he said;

“May the best team win the league.”

There will be no luck of talent at this star studded game when both team teams lock horns on Saturday in Lugogo. The likes of Racheal Ntono, she-cranes vice-captain Janet Mbabazi, Joyce-Mary Apio, among others will be ever present for Olila High. Damani will have the likes of Immaculate Nakisuyi, Getrude Candiru, Sarah Bakhita, among others to see to the Olila challenge.

Damani were denied the opportunity to garner some points on the table over the weekend when their fixture against Wanderers was cancelled due to the unavailability of the grounds at Kyambogo. If they were denied the opportunity to do so, then they have chance to prove their worth when they face Olila High.

This is going to be one of the best games of the season. Miss if you must.

 

Reality check for Uganda

 From the highs of bossing the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 Africa ‘B’ Qualifier held at Gahanga Stadium, Rwanda in July, the Cricket Cranes have been given a reality check here in South Africa.

Uganda lost only twice in six games at the four-nation showpiece in Kigali enroute to qualifying for the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier next year then. Fast forward to Pietermaritzburg, Steve Tikolo’s boys had already lost twice from as many games after Day One of the expanded Africa T20 Cup, organised by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

In the 20-run loss to Kwazulu Natal Coastal, the Ugandans were guilty of throwing away momentum while chasing a manageable 163.

From 87 for 3 after 10 overs, Uganda collapsed to 117 for 6 in 16 overs thus managing 30 runs in 6 overs to ‘allow’ the hosts to bounce back into the match and forthwith win it.

In the afternoon game, Uganda suffered a huge 133-run loss to defending champions Kwazulu Natal Inland at the Pietermaritzburg Varsity Oval in what was a listless and insipid show. 
Teenager Zephaniah Arinaitwe (35 off 20), on his competitive debut, was one of positive talking points for Uganda as he exhibited flashes of brilliance in an opening partnership with captain Roger Mukasa (24 off 21) of 72 runs in 7 overs.

Uganda will look to end on a high against legendary South African Paul Adams’ Western Province at The Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

Friday results
KZN Coastal 163/5 Uganda 143/8
Uganda lost by 20 runs
KZN Inland 227/2 Uganda 94/10
Uganda lost by 133 runs

By Innocent Ndawula

Teenage centurion Alungat dreams of playing for Lady Cricket Cranes

For a cricketer, a century is a big milestone for a batsman as is a hat-trick or maiden career wicket for a bowler. At Soroti Light Secondary School, Eunice Alungat is on cloud nine after her first ton.

The teenager now regrets less about giving cricket time after she made 114 runs not out as her side Soroti Challengers bossed opponents JACC enroute a 259-run victory at Jinja Oval on Saturday.
“I felt good,” the 17-year-old said. “…because it had never happened in life to me as a batter,” the right-hander offered.

Alungat only began playing cricket in Senior Two (2015). And that’s the last time a century happened in women’s cricket.
There will be little wonder if Alungat pursues a cricket career after she has completed her Geography, Economics and Art studies next year. “My dream is to play for Uganda’s national team as I am inspired by Joyce Mary Apio and Naome Kayondo,” she says. Kayondo is one of the nine other lady cricketers to ever score a ton in Uganda’s history.

Now opener Alungat will feel she is on the right track after she made 14 boundaries in her knock off 110 balls in 40 overs. “I was patient,” she said. Alungat is the only non-national team player to score a ton, much to her coach Ivan Kakande’s delight.
“She is one of the talented girls in the set-up and a good listener who enjoys the game,” Kakande said of the gem.

 

ALUNGAT AT A GLANCE 
Full name: Eunice Alungat
Date of birth: December 18, 2000
Age: 17
School: Soroti Light SS
Club: Soroti Challengers
Class: Senior 5
Combination: GEA/ICT
Started playing: 2015
Batting style: Right-hand
Bowling: Right-arm slow
Best batting figures: 114 runs not out

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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