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It is pretty unfortunate that clubs in Uganda’s cricket do not last long at the top.
Often, it is a case of money bags dominating and when the wind blows away the sand at the base, it all crumbles at a go.
Tornado and Wanderers will always be referred to for their longevity not until their coffers failed to match the present-day conditions of the game. Premier was there nearly a decade ago, it was Tornado Bee yesterday and Aziz Damani’s lucrative offers today help them dominate with a star-studded side.
Tornado Bee took over from Patidar Samaj’s mini-slump. The latter was boss in 2010 and 2011 and notwithstanding their 2015 T20 Cup success, its cream melted.
Now back to the top tier, Patidar has scored 50 percent after four wins out of eight matches in UCA Divisional Twenty20 League.
With that glass neither half-full or half-empty, Patidar is keen on deflating Damani’s balloon when the two teams meet at Lugogo Oval today.
“We want to make the semi-finals here as we prepare for the 50-Over League,” Patidar’s skipper Ankit Patel told this paper.
His side is fourth with 16 points while Damani is second after winning all six matches to amass 24 points.
“It’s a very big game,” said the man who returned to the club from Kutchi Tigers after it earned promotion.
“Damani has almost the entire national team but we will put 100 percent and give them a good fight,” added Ankit who has so far made 177 runs. Hardik Patel has eight wickets.
But Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.
“Achelam is on form, Roger Mukasa is our main player and Saud Islam always shows up,” said Damani’s captain Ghulam Hunzai.
“We are going to win softly with God’s grace since we have good players and good combinations,” he added.
Meanwhile, KICC hope to recover from their mistakes made against Damani last weekend when they face SKLPS at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
KICC’s Wassim Butt leads the batting charts with 242 runs from 10 innings while captain Hanumant Katkar is interestingly top of the bowlers’ list with 15 scalps, one more than his teammate Lawrence Ssempijja.
Go-to man. Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.
UCA MEN’S DIVISIONAL T20
TODAY’S FIXTURES - 10AM & 3PM
Patidar vs. Aziz Damani, Lugogo
SKLPS vs. KICC, Entebbe
Olila High School overcame a series of heartbreaks to win the last silverware - the Afri Power Engineering Women’s Sixes Challenge on Saturday.
Lugogo Cricket Oval was busy thoughout the day as eight sides battled for the final trophy on offer of the season.
Now Olila High School came here nursing wounds after losing the Jazz Safari National Women’s League last weekend.
It was the same script a few months ago when Damani as well beat Olila to win the Mehta Twenty20 League final.
On Saturday under terrible light, Olila finally quenched their thirst after beating KICC in a bowl-to-stumps final at thick dusk.
With the clock reading 6:53pm, the sun was completely in bed, lights around Lugogo on and match referee Patrick Makumbi advised a final of that caliber rather than a Super Over final.
To save time earlier, semifinals where KICC and Olila beat Damani A and B by six wickets and 31 runs respectively had been three-over contests.
In the final, it is 16-year-old Proscovia Alako who bowled to the stumps on the fifth and final ball for Olila to win in an odd final.
“Its a great feeling knowing how close we came to winning the two titles,” Olila’s manager Felix Musana stated.
“The girls have been outstanding and its nice for them to win a trophy for their efforts during the year.”
But the manner of the final left some pondering. “Given the time left it was not possible to have both innings and the rules had that option in deciding a winner,” Musana added.
“May be the Super Over could have done but well,” a KICC player offered.
This was the first Sixes tournament for ladies since 2016. Interestingly, that year’s final was pushed due to bad light.
By Darren Allan Kyeyune
If there were any doubts in the beginning, then Season Three should have answered the queries about the Generation Next Youth Challenge project.
Within this two-week edition, GNext ticked several boxes when Lakhani Motor Titans’ player Zephaniah Arinaitwe made it to the Cricket Cranes’ side that is currently in Kenya for the Four-Nation T20 Series starting today. And the climax heading into the weekend gave a glimpse of a showpiece that clearly has a bright future for many youngsters starved of playing time in clubs or the Schools’ Cricket Week. After finishing bottom in the past two editions, Keshwala Knights turned tables to beat the PAK Stallions Spartans by 23 runs at Lugogo on Friday. “We are really delighted,” Knights skipper Frank Akankwasa told Daily Monitor upon lifting the trophy.
Prior, he and his teammates had taken a few photos with Sagar Keshwala, son to the businessman Viram Keshwala.
“After failing in the first two editions, we had to change a few things,” Akankwasa said. “We tried to make sure we smile at the end of it all,” chipped in teammate Emmanuel Hasahya. Vindication for Hasahya’s best batsman gong were the 20 runs off 23 balls that he put up when tournament MVP Akankwasa opted to bat first.
Akankwasa, in at four, was quickly trapped by Simon Okecho in the field off Ronald Lutaaya (1/15). But Knights were guided by Cosmas Kyewuto’s 19-run-a-ball and Davis Acire’s three sixes in a 41-ball 43 to coast to 131-8 in 25 overs.
From there, there was no turning back for the men in orange.
Akankwasa sliced through Spartans’ top order with 3/15 and a maiden in five overs. Acire’s bowling spell of 4/8 was deadlier as their opponents were bowled out inside 22.5 overs.
The UCA Women’s Sixes Challenge kicks off on Saturday 18th June 2016.
The above tournament shall be played at Lugogo and Kyambogo Cricket Ovals. 9 teams namely Tornado Bee, Tornado CC, Nile, Pioneer, Charity, KICC, Jinja SSS, JACC, & Wanderers, have confirmed participation in the One day tournament. As the name suggests, there will be six players per team with each team entitled to 5 overs. Draws for the teams were made as follows;
1. Tornaod Bee
3. Charity TFCC
4. Tornado CC
5. Nile CC
1. Jinja SSS CC
2. Wanderers CC
3. Pioneer CC
Games will begin at 9:00am to 4:00Pm, all Group ‘A” matches shall be played at Lugogo Oval, and Group “B” games shall be played at Kyambogo Oval. We shall have the Finals followed by the Prize giving ceremony and the best players shall be awarded on the same day. We are inviting you all for this tournament which is anticipated to be very interesting.
Franklyn Najjumba (Women’s Development Officer)
An aggregate of 1,397 runs were scored in the opening six games of the GNext U-23 Challenge League a fortnight ago.
That’s about 232 runs per match. And if that is anything to go by, tournament architects Davis Karashani and Denis Musali should be delighted with that start.
With more progress anticipated in this league, there is a ray of hope that the batting Achilles heel that the pair battled during their respective national team careers will probably heal.
The GNext 30-Over Youth Challenge League returns today with the Brookside Spartans face the Blink Logistics Knights at Lugogo.
This is a battle between two respective coaches Roger Mukasa and Jackson Ogwang, who form a core of the Tornado B CC set up.
“We started well and want to keep the momentum,” said Mukasa.
His side is second on the table with four points having won two and lost once. “That defeat (by 54 runs) to Titans only helped us identify our errors,” he said.
Just like the way he’s trusted with the bat in club and country stripes, Mukasa, too, trusts his batsmen mainly Rogers Olipa, Simon Ssesaazi, Innocent Mwebaze and Derrick Bakunzi to come good throughout the weekend that will see them play three back to back matches.
“That’s where our strength lies and if the runs flow, Knights are in trouble.” Mukasa added.
If the number of absent players reduces, Ogwang could better their 1-2 record. John Gabula, Abdallah Ssezooba and Emmanuel Hasahya will be key.
Newly-formed side, Tornado B, produced a master class to beat Jinja SS by four wickets in the final and clinch the inaugural National Women’s Sixes Challenge title at Lugogo on Saturday.
“I do not captain teams that don’t win,” a smiling skipper Mackenzie Ayato boasted upon lifting the trophy. “It’s never easy to win on the first time of asking but we have done it,” she added.
Having opted for more youth in the transfer market, Tornado B were expected to play second fiddle to star-studded sides KICC and Glo International this season.
However, Tornado B overcame several odds as they only lost one wicket and sealed the season’s tournament opener with a three-match flawless streak.
“Other teams may have the star players but our talented girls will match them even in subsequent tournaments,” Tornado B coach, Jackson Ogwang, said
Throughout the long-day event, Tornado B relied on tournament MVP Racheal Ntono and Saidat Kemigisha’s bats. The pair combined well in the round-robin phase to chase down targets against Charity Trust Fund and Jinja SS.
In the semifinal, Kemigisha (12* off 7) and Ntono’s (18* off 15) combo again helped Tornado B beat money bags KICC by five wickets to set-up a final against a Claire Mushakamba-led Jinja. “Had some of our key players like turned up, the script would have been different,” KICC’s Scovia Akello said.
Player of Series: Racheal Ntono (Tornado B) - 59 runs in three innings. Best Batter: Claire Mushakamba (Jinja SS) - 52 runs
Best Bowler: Veronica Nakadama (KICC) - 4 wickets.