Hong Kong To Host First Round Of The World Challenge League

Hong Kong have been ear marked as hosts of the first of three rounds of the newly created World Challenge League. The World Challenge League was created to replace the old World Cricket League Division format with the premise that associate nations will be to get more playing time. 

The World Cricket League Div 3 tournament in Oman in 2018 Uganda was place in Pool B of the World Challenge League alongside neighbours Kenya, Italy, Bermuda, Jersey and Hong Kong. The six nations will get a chance to play over 15 ODIs against each other over 30 months will the team at the top of the table at the end of the round robin format going on to compete for a shot at the 2023 World Cup with the top associates. 

The Cricket Cranes have had a forgettable international experience since 2017, apart from the success in Malaysia in 2018 when they won the Div 4 title they have failed to put up a credible performance in any other international competitions. The ICC Africa T20 World Cup qualifier in Kampala was the last competition for the cricket cranes where they missed out on qualification for the next round of qualifiers finishing a dismal fourth out of the six nations. 

Steve Tikolo has a lot of work to do with the team ahead of the first round in Hong Kong, with some experienced players opting out of selection due to work and family commitments he will need to fast track apt of young players into the side. 

The first round of the World Challenge League will be held from Nov 25th to Dec 10th. Home side Hong Kong has made changes to its technical bench with Irish Legendary fast bowler Trent Johnson appointed as captain. 

The Cricket Cranes also started non residential training under the guidance of Steve Tikolo and his assistant Jackson Ogwang. A squad of 26 players was invited to start training which will be cut down to 18 at the end of he 1st month of training. 

By Denis Musali 

Mukasa, Rajani knocks highlight opening round

Jazz safari national cricket league 2018
A. Damani 228 Strikers 158/10
Premier 167 Tornado Bee 168/1
KICC 89 Challengers 90/5
DIVISION TWO
SKLPS 180/10 ACC 184/9
DIVISION THREE
Soroti Blazers 245/8 JACC 105

KAMPALA. The start of the 2018 Jazz Safari National Cricket League on Sunday only mirrored the happenings of 2017.

Reigning champions Aziz Damani and last season’s runners-up Tornado Bee will be contenders, at least going by their respective 70-run and nine-wicket victories over Strikers and Premier in Kyambogo and Lugogo.

The wins came on the back of good knocks of 113 off 122 balls by Dauda Rajani and 87* runs off 56 balls by Roger Mukasa in turn.

On the other hand, KICC will have to beat the ceiling of mediocrity to match its own feeling of a potent club. Their five-wicket loss to Challengers, after only setting 89 runs in 24.3 overs in Entebbe, keeps them far from their first league title in two decades.

Even if its title-winning run from 2013 ended last year, Tornado Bee played with an aura of invincibility against Division Two champions Premier.

“This is to welcome Premier to the table of men,” said Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke.

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Tornado sign off first round with sixth consecutive win

Charity Trust Fund captain Jonathan Ssebanja saw his side’s title hopes go up in the smoke after they suffered a 79-run defeat to Tornado in a Division One National 50-Over League encounter at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday.
Charity’s were a different unit from the one that has put up solid shows in recent outings as they imploded for only 93 while needing 173 for victory that would have seen them takeover the log leadership.
“We did well with the ball and then gave Tornado’s bowlers very cheap wickets,” a disappointed Ssebanja after his side remained stuck in third with 24 points. 
Tornado lost three of the top five batsmen for ducks but a 71-run second-wicket stand between Davis Turinawe (28 off 48) and Steven Kahuma (34) renewed their hopes before spinners Henry Ssenyondo (3-29), Viraj Patel (3-26) and Derrick Bakunzi (2-17) struck. Deus Muhumuza (41 off 82) and Nsubuga (35 off 66) helped repair Tornado’s innings at the end.
RESULTS - DIVISION I
Tornado 172 Charity TF 93
DIVISION TWO
Patidar 73 KICC 77/3
Makerere Univ 122 Warriors 116
Kutchi Tigers 101 SKLPS 69
ACC 277/6 JACC 126

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