Africa T20 Championship: Naomi Kayondo Explains Loss To Namibia

Monday, May 6
Namibia – 115/6
Uganda – 101/9 (20 ov)
*Namibia win by 14 runs

Uganda’s race to defend the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Regional qualifiers took a wrong turn after the side lost their first game of the ongoing championship in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Lady Cricket Cranes lost to Namibia by 14 runs in a game that provided a scintillating finish.

After winning the opener against Sierra Leone by 90 runs on Sunday, every thing was going on plan, including winning the toss on Monday which Kevin Awino chose to bat last.

Despite strong efforts from Immaculate Nakisuyi (two wickets), Sarah Wakaza (two wickets) and Franklyn Najjumba (one wicket), Namibia squeezed through the first innings with 115/6.

The game was a tough one, like Captain Awino said earlier, every game was going to be like a final and indeed this was like one,” said Lady batter Naomi Kayondo.

“We lost it in the first innings. We did not field very well, we dropped a couple of catches, we had a couple of misfield and they ended up posting 115.

“We also didnt do well with the bat. The top order left a big chunk for the tail end which I think was a big ask for them so it had to go south for us.”

Naomi scored 18 runs with a boundary, Rachel Ntono had 16 runs off 23 balls, Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina had 17 and 25 respectively.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (D Busingye, 1.2 ov), 2-30 (NK Bagenda, 6.6 ov), 3-40 (F Najjumba, 8.3 ov), 4-49 (R Ntono, 9.2 ov), 5-54 (I Nakisuuyi, 11.1 ov), 6-54 (J Mbabazi, 11.3 ov), 7-92 (R Musamali, 17.2 ov), 8-95 (S Nampiina, 18.3 ov), 9-99 (K Awino, 19.3 ov).

Uganda, second in group B below Namibia will then turn focus to Kenya, their last group game on Wednesday.

“We have to beat Kenya so bad that we level our net run rate and may be that will help us later in calculations and hope for the best thereafter.”

 

The winner of the tournament earns two tickets to both the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier and the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament

Uganda eyes winning start at Africa T20

Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) and partners Cricket Uganda have spent nearly a fortnight rallying fans to attend the ICC Africa Men’s Twenty20 Finals.
 But owing to the experience picked from the country’s strange bizarre show at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament here two years ago, many a fanatic will descend to the Lugogo Oval for the tournament bowl-off with lots of caution and less optimism.
 UCA, players and coaches of the Cricket Cranes have consistently promised a recovery from the 2017 slump by making the top two coveted positions at this week-long showpiece.

 Now coach Steve Tikolo’s charges must walk the talk when they cross the Lugogo oval ropefor the first time in front of their own faithful since then to face neighbours Kenya this afternoon.
 In 2017, Uganda lost its opener to Canada by 66 runs and the country’s candle never lit up again.
 Hence skipper Roger Mukasa knows the magnitude of the duel that is akin to the Migingo island case or Elgon Cup rugby contest.
 “A win here gives us the tone for the tournament,” Mukasa told Sunday Monitor early this week.

 “We want to have a very good start and then take it game and by game,” said the top-order batsman.
 From the 2017 unit, there are only eight survivors and the new faces are keen on making home advantage count.
 “This is my first tournament in front of fans and I would love to give them something worthy,” stated Riazat Ali Shah, the reigning Cricketer of the Year.
With Bilal Hassun and Irfan Afridi out, the expectations from Ali are high with ball especiallyin a bid to counter Kenya’s strong batting unit.

“Kenya has strong batsmen and so we must field really well,” noted Mukasa. Either experienced left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa or Ali with be handed the new white ball.
Veteran Frank Nsubuga and left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo are guaranteed four spin overs each while Deus Muhumuza’s medium pace is awaited to challenge Kenya’s top-order of Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel.
Uganda’s Achilles heel however remains with the bat. And Mukasa is obliged to quicklymentor the exuberant youngster Zephaniah Arinaitwe who could be thrown at the deep end to open the innings with Hamu Kayondo.

Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani and Ali must delay the lower order from wearing the batting pads if Uganda is to register fourth win against Kenya in eight T20 outings since 2011.
Before this match at Lugogo, tournament favourites Namibia will hope they display the mark of an ODI nation when they take on Botswana. 
The word ‘jollof’ will find its way into the sledging as Nigeria starts it campaign against Ghana at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

 UGANDA’S PROBABLE XI: Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Hamu Kayondo, Roger Mukasa (Captain), Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani, Riazat Ali, Fred Achelam (Wicket-keeper), Deus Muhumuza, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo

 

UGANDA VS. KENYA

PREVIOUS T20 MEETINGS
2018 ICC EASTERN AFRICA QUALIFIER
July 14, 2018: Kenya 188/5 Uganda 189/3
(Uganda won by 7 wickets)
July 7, 2018: Uganda 240/3 Kenya 241/6
(Kenya won by 6 wickets)

2015 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
Mar 28, 2015: Uganda 81/10 Kenya 82/2
(Kenya won by 8 wickets)

2013 ICC AFRICA DIVISION ONE
Mar 1, 2013: Kenya 156/5 Uganda 137/10
(Kenya won by 19 runs)
Feb 23, 2013: Uganda 142/6 Kenya 112/7
(Uganda won by 30 runs)

2012 ICC GLOBAL QUALIFIER
Mar 20, 2012: Kenya 167/3 Uganda 119/8
(Kenya won by 48 runs)

2011 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
July 11, 2011: Uganda 177/0 Kenya 102/10
(Uganda won by 75 runs)

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ICC Africa boss Kambarami lauds hosts, tips qualifiers

 Last week saw the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Regional Final hosted in Uganda end smoothly despite a handful of games being washed out and Cricket Cranes’ familiar melt down.

But none of the above can take away the tournament attaining high grades.

It was a success, according the Regional Manager at ICC Development - Africa Patricia Kambarami. 
“The entire week has gone well as we expected and all the organisers deserve credit,” said Kambarami while speaking at the awards dinner at Kabira Country Club, Bukoto.

Namibia came out on top of the showpiece that also had Kenya, Ghana, Botswana and host nation Uganda. 
Namibia and Kenya get the reward of representing the continent at ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 11 to November 3 later this year.

Speaking at the same dinner, Kambarami tipped both Namibia and Kenya to do a good job in UAE while referring to the growing numbers of cricketing nations on the continent.

“We (Africa) have to go there and challenge. I know we are capable of competing. I have had a chat with the Namibia captain (Gerhard Erasmus) and we both agreed that cricket in Africa is growing very fast and in future we will be winning the big tournaments,” she added during her closing remarks at the dinner that had Uganda’s Riazat Ali Shah voted best batsman, Kenya’s Rakep Patel getting the best player’s gong while Namibia’s Christoffel Viljoen adjudged best

The Cricket Cranes will now shift attention to August for the ICC Challenge League formerly, World Cricket League, which is part of the ICC World Cup qualification for India 2022.

Uganda is in Group B alongside Bermuda, Italy, Kenya and Hong Kong. Coach Steve Tikolo and his men don’t have enough time to rest as training must resume soonest.

ICC T20 WORLD CUP AFRICA FINAL
Individual Awards
Player of Series: Rakep Patel (Kenya)
Best Batsman: Riazat Ali Shah (Uganda)
Best Bowler: Christoffel Viljoen (Namibia)
Champions: Namibia
Runners: zKenya 
*Both qualify for Global Qualifier in October 2019.

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Mukankusi returns to Lady Cricket Cranes ahead of Africa Tournament

Barbara Mukankusi was one of the pioneer figures of the national women’s team in 2001 and actually is the last standing player from that first-ever assembled unit.
However, in recent years, nature’s call forced Mukankusi to sit aside and following the birth of her third child in 2017, she is back to the national fold.

The top-order batter was named among the 40-man squad that is set for early preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers from May 8-13 in Zimbabwe. “Of late, I have been playing locally but internationally, I last played in 2016,” said Mukankusi.
The veteran’s basis for her selection is the decent batting figures she posted as Pioneer came close to a second Jazz Safari National Women’s League title last year.
“I wanted Pioneer to win the league last year and that’s why I played the way I did. I am only glad the selectors still see potential in me,” stated Mukankusi.

Mukankusi, led the teams for years, reckons there is work to do even if she has history and figures to back her up. “I played last season minus practice because of the busy work schedule and family and we had no coach (at Pioneer),” she said. “(Now) national team comes with full package, coach, I must attend training and so on. I will gain much from this and improve on my performance.”
The training sessions which commence on Monday will have two groups trained in Jinja by Habib Mugalula and at Lugogo by Micheal Ndiko.
The composition is eight from Sixes Challenge champions Olila High, Jinja SSS has seven in, League and T20 queens Aziz Damani have six players as is Soroti Challengers. Olila High School’s Damalie Busingye, too, returns after three-year lull.

FULL TRAINING SQUAD

Rita Musamali, Janet Mbabazi, Rachael Ntono, Immaculate Nakisuyi, Joyce Mary Apio, Stephanie Nampiina, Franklyn Najjumba, Gertrude Candiru, Kevin Awino, Consy Aweko, Carol Namugenyi, Patricia Malemikia, Esther Ilukor, Damalie Busingye, Evelyn Ayipo, Irene Alumo, Leona Babirye, Teddy Ayella, Maria Kagoya, Kevin Amuge, Barbara Mukankusi, Janet Nakiranda, Hope Wanichan, Claire Mushakamba, Mackenzie Ayato, Proscovia Alako, Gloria Obukor, Eunice Alungat, Brenda Nabisalu, Lynet Nakato, Patricia Munguryek, Maria Mwesige, Racheal Achan, Sarah Walaza, Sarah Akiteng, Susan Kakai, Saddick Shakira, Mary Akello, Charity Nyokaru, Eunice Kobusingye Coaches: Habibu Mugalula (Jinja), Micheal Ndiko (Lugogo)

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Tikolo focuses on death bowling, squad for Africa T20 announced

It takes a great level of keenness to notice sweet emotions flying all over the senior national men’s cricket team camp.
And they are all coming at a time after fixtures for the ICC World Cricket League Division Three due November 6-21 in Oman were released on August 22. That very day was Cricket Cranes’ captain Roger Mukasa’s 29th birthday.
On the next day, coach Steve Tikolo celebrated his 21st marriage anniversary in an emotional post on his Facebook account. So howzat!
One underlining factor is that there is no fear or pressure ahead of this crucial showpiece for Team Uganda. The vibes in the non-residential camp are getting better ever since they won the ICC WCL Division IV title in Malaysia back in May.
“After Malaysia, we have added a few players like Ronak (Patel) and Dinesh (Nakrani) and we have continued with our normal progress,” Tikolo told Daily Monitor yesterday.
“Division III is important for us to progress to Division II and it is coming in six months which is not bad in terms of team momentum.”
But the Kenyan legend further warns; “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we still need to do the basics right and we cannot be complacent.”
Like the rest of the team, Tikolo is sparing more time to think on how to tackle the humid conditions of Oman and pass the five-match puzzle at the six-nation tournament.
“The Oman conditions are no different from those of Malaysia and that is in the sense of the same sub-continent type of wickets. We did not see too many in Malaysia but Uganda is one of the few teams that averaged 200 runs. 
From what we saw in the ICC World T20 Africa B Qualifier in Rwanda, Ronak and Dinesh have brought in some good morale but batting is an area that we need to work on and as well as tighten the death bowling.”
Speaking of bowling and spin-favouring wickets in the Arabian Peninsula, Tikolo interestingly has more medium pace bowlers (Charles Waiswa, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Ali, Deus Muhumuza, Jonathan Ssebanja and Nakrani) than spinners (Irfan Afridi, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga plus part-timers Brian Masaba and Mukasa) in the team. But he sees things differently.
“Let’s not look at one side of the pace bowlers’ game. Don’t forget that Dinesh, Deus and Riazat can get you runs,” Tikolo argued.
“As a technical bench, we will not assume anything. We shall do our ground work and hopefully be in Oman at least three days before the tournament.”

Paying back the faith
On Tuesday, Tikolo repaid the faith in teenage batsman Zephaniah Arinaitwe who has been scoring centuries for fun over the past three months. 
He is into the team selected by the UCA Selection Committee that will represent Uganda at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted Africa T20 Tournament due September 14-16 before taking part in three 50-over warm-up matches against Kwazulu-Natal Inland and the South Africa Academy teams set for September 17-21. But Ronak is unavailable, Jonathan Ssebanja has again been overlooked whereas Ssenyondo joins his little brother Simon Ssesaazi in the reserves of the notable selections and omissions made to the Rainbow Nation. 
Then after the buffer month of October, Uganda will start its quest for Division II cricket against Denmark and USA on November 9 and 10 in Muscat but the gaffer hasn’t put much focus onto the itinerary that has three reserve days and as many off-days.
“At the end of the day, the rest days will be a benefit for all teams unlike the previous WCL tournaments where there are back-to-back games which take a toll on the players,” concluded Tikolo.

TEAM TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR T20s

Players: Brian Masaba (vice captain), Fred Achelam (wicket-keeper), Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Roger Mukasa (captain), Hamu Kayondo, Dinesh Nakrani, Muhammad Irfan, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Kenneth Waiswa, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Ali Shah
Reserves: Henry Ssenyondo, Simon Ssessazi, Emmanuel Issaneez
Officials: Jackson Kavuma (Manager), Steve Tikolo (Coach), Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)

POOLS - AFRICA T20 CUP

Pool A - Pietermaritzburg: 
KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Easterns, 
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Uganda and 
Western Province.
Pool B – Oudtshoorn: 
South Western Districts, Free State, 
Gauteng, Northerns and Zimbabwe;
Pool C – East London: 
Border, Eastern Province, Kenya, 
Mpumalanga and Namibia
Pool D – Paarl: 
Boland, Limpopo, Nigeria, Northern Cape 
and North West.

By Innocent Ndawula & Darren Kyeyune

Nigeria, Tanzania join Uganda in ICC Africa Under-19 Division One

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

Mukono Parents 141/ 7 beat Ndejje 76/5 
Kololo SS 89/4 lost to Rwanda 90/7 
Teso College 31/6 lost to Nyakasura112/10
Teso College 44/10 lost to BC Mwiri 48/1 
St John High 138/8 beat BC Mwiri 104/10
Nyakasura 104/5 beat St John 128/10

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & AGENCIES     

Cricket Cranes captain Mukasa welcomes Africa T20 Cup invite

Cricket Cranes skipper Roger Mukasa says playing in the revamped Africa Twenty20 Cup will give Uganda a ‘priceless’ chance to get international exposure ahead of the Division III International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) in Oman this November.
“We are looking at this opportunity as a priceless one to play against the best franchises in South Africa,” said Mukasa when news filtered in that tournament organisers Cricket South Africa (CSA) had officially announced Uganda as the replacements for Ghana.
The West Africans cited logistical reasons as their notion for pulling out of the expanded 2018/19 Africa T20 Cup which is set to take place in September with the preliminary round on September 14-16 followed by the finals’ weekend on September 23-24.
“We are going to face the best bowlers on the continent and our seamers are going to have to do well against proven hitters of the ball. This will help us improve on our bowling at the death and improving our power-hitting especially in the powerplays,” added Mukasa. Uganda join other African nations including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia in the competition. 
The Cricket Cranes are in Pool A alongside KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Easterns, Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal Coastal. 
The exciting T20 action will take place in 4 coastal venues in Pietermaritzburg, Oudtshoorn, East London and Paarl featuring 12 CSA Affiliates, 3 Associate Members and 5 ICC Africa teams taking place over two thrilling weekends of T20 cricket.
“We are glad Uganda are in because they’re a capable replacement. This event will provide the ideal opportunity for them to test themselves against some of the best young cricketers on the continent. I know Uganda will be ready to compete, and we are excited as we wait for the highly anticipated competition to get underway,” said ICC Africa Development Officer Justine Ligyalingi. Uganda will remain in South Africa following the conclusion of the Africa T20 Cup to play 50-over warm-up matches against KwaZulu-Natal Inland and the South African Academy respectively.

POOLS - AFRICA TWENTY20 CUP

Pool A - Pietermaritzburg: 
KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Easterns, 
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Uganda and 
Western Province.
Pool B – Oudtshoorn: 
South Western Districts, Free State, 
Gauteng, Northerns and Zimbabwe;
Pool C – East London: 
Border, Eastern Province, Kenya, 
Mpumalanga and Namibia
Pool D – Paarl: 
Boland, Limpopo, Nigeria, Northern Cape 
and North West.

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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