CRICKET CRANES FALL TO STRONG TAKASHINGA SELECT SIDE BY 8 WICKETS

Takashinga put together a very strong Select Side that took on the Cricket Cranes on Wednesday.

The Select Side included the newly appointed Director of Cricket for Zimbabwe Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe internationals Timcen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, and Innocent Kai.

The visitors batted first and were quickly reduced to 7/2 inside two overs with Roger Mukasa and Brian Masaba back in the dressing room. Arnold Otwani (31) and Ronak Patel (40) steadied the ship with a 60-run partnership until the former was out at 67/3.

Dinesh Nakrani (21) continued his good form on tour but it was all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah (54) who batted well with most of the tail to propel the score to 193/8 in 50 overs.

Cricket UgandaTakashinga Select

In the chase, the experienced Takashinga side gave the visitors no chance with the opening pair of Innocent Kaia (100) and Kudza Maunze (30) putting up an opening stand of 99 with the former going on to score a century but he was not there to finish the job as Joylord Gumbie (34) and Timcen Maruma (16) knocked off the deficit to give the hosts an 8 wicket win.

This was the third game for the Cricket Cranes on the Zimbabwe tour on which they have lost two games and won one.

The team will take a break tomorrow (Thursday) and will play their fourth game on Friday.

Prepared by Denis Musali

SIXTEEN-MAN CRICKET CRANES SQUAD TO TOUR ZIMBABWE NAMED

Uganda Cricket has named 16 players that will travel to Zimbabwe for a build-up tour ahead of the World Challenge League.

The tour will be used to assess the quality within the side before a final 14 will be selected for the World Challenge League due in Oman from 1-12 December.

The training squad of 12 players will form the core of the touring with four other players added. Dinesh Nakrani and Ronak Patel were added to the side with left-arm pace bowler Jonathan Ssembanja and Bilal Hassan also been given a chance to sneak into the final 14.

The team will play five ODIs against select sides in Zimbabwe, the touring party will be hosted by Takashinga Cricket Club who have a great relationship with Uganda Cricket.

Steve Tikolo and his technical team will use the trip to assess the strength of the side. Roger Mukasa has looked loose in the trial games and without the captaincy baggage, he will look in fine form. Hamu Kayondo, Arnold Otwani, and the returning Shahzad Kamal will be looking to make the most of the trip as they test themselves against quality opposition.

Richard Agamire on his first trip with the senior team has an opportunity to show what he has got to confirm his place on the final 14.

There is no official communication on who the permanent captain of the team will be but Brian Masaba will lead the side on Zimbabwe Tour.

UGANDA TOUR TO ZIMBABWE (TAKASHINGA)

3 NOVEMBER – 10 NOVEMBER 2019

DAY TIME DATE MONTH YEAR ACTIVITY VENUE
Sunday   3 November 2019 Arrive in Zimbabwe Robert Int
Monday 9.30am 4 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga U23 Takashinga
Tuesday 9.30am 5 November 2019 Uganda vs O.Hararians Old Hararians
Wednesday 9.30am 6 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Thursday   7 November 2019 Rest & Practice Takashinga
Friday 9.30am 8 November 2019 Uganda vs Zim U19 Takashinga
Saturday 9.30am 9 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Sunday   10 November 2019 Depart Robert Int
             
             
             

PLAYERS

  1. ARNOLD OTWANI
  2. SHAZAD UKANI
  3. RIAZAT ALI SHA
  4. ROGER MUKASA
  5. CHARLES WAISWA
  6. KENNETH WAISWA
  7. BRIAN MARK MASABA
  8. HENRY SSENYONDO
  9. FRED ACHELAM
  10. RICHARD AGAMIRE
  11. BAGENDA HAMU KAYONDO
  12. FRANK NSUBUGA
  13. RONAK BHARATBHAI PATEL
  14. DINESH KUMAR MAGALAL NAKRANI
  15. JONATHAN SEBANJA
  16. BILAL HASSUN

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  1. JACKSON KAVUMA – TEAM MANAGER
  2. STEPHEN TIKOLO – HEAD COACH
  3. JACKSON OGONJI – OGWANG ASST. COACH
  4. HABIBA KULUSUMU – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
  5. ALVIN MBOIJANA BAGAYA – ANALYST

PREPARED BY: Denis Musali 

 

Lady Cricket Cranes Etch Into History Books But Tanzania In Control At Kwibuka

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women T20 Tournament

Thursday Results

Uganda 314/2 Mali 10/10

Uganda won by 304 runs

Tanzania 105/7 Rwanda 91/8

Tanzania won by 14 runs

Friday Fixtures - Gahanga

10.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali

2.50pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Uganda’s Lady Cricket Cranes laid down a marker with a flurry of records enroute to scripting a magnimous 304-run defeat over Mali at the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament on Day Three.

The beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium was the venue where all the action was witnessed. Mali had already set a world record for the lowest ever total on Tuesday, having been bowled out for 6 against Rwanda. And Uganda showed their ‘intention to kill’ when captain Rita Musamali won the toss and elected to bat first on the day.

Big hitting Immaculate Nakisuuyi (R) opened the batting with Alako. She scored 34 off 18 balls before getting clean bowled.

Runs galore 

Opener Proscovia Alako and captain Musamali both hit centuries for Uganda, the first time two centuries had been hit in the same innings of a women's Twenty20 International. Alako made 116 off 71 (15 boundaries), and was run out off the penultimate delivery of the innings. Musamali stayed not out on 103 off 61 (15 boundaries), having shared a 227-run stand with Alako for the second wicket off 14.1 overs. The umpires of the day deservedly adjudging Alako as the Player of the Match.

Solo wicket

Oumou Sow bowled three overs, conceding 82 runs. Mali's only wicket taker was Aicha Kone, who bowled Immaculate Nakisuuyi (34 off 18), who played in an opener’s role for the first time in her career, in the sixth over. But the Lady Cricket Cranes had already reached 82 by then. Tenin Konate gave away only 32 runs in her four overs, the only bowler with an economy rate under 10 but Mali bowled 61 extras, with as many as 30 no-balls and 28 wides.

No Mali batsman made more than 4, with six falling for ducks. Their innings was wrapped up in 11.1 overs, with Mildred Anyigo's 3 for 1 being the best figures. In the end, Mali’s 10 all out coming through after Uganda had set a rapid 314 for 2 - the highest total in all T20Is - men or women.

Mali continued their tough initiation onto the international stage - scoring 10 all out after Uganda had set 314 for 2

Tanzania in charge

But it is still Tanzania coach Hamisi Abdallah’s girls still in charge after they deafeat hosts Rwanda by 14 runs to maintain their 100 per cent run and third successive victory. Tanzania set 105 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs, but that proved just enough as Rwanda could only limp to 91 for 8 but the time the umpires called it a day.

The loss hurt for the hosts because it was their second successive loss after going down to Uganda by 30 runs on Day Two. They must now make amends when they engage Mali as Round Two bowls off in earnest on Friday. For Uganda, they will want to draw level and make amends for their opening day loss to Tanzania when they face off again in the afternoon. The tournament has T20I status and the nation with the most points at the end of it all on Sunday evening will be declared champions.

Uganda's Lady Cricket Cranes walk off after their record-breaking win against Mali at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium.

List of records broken in the match:

*Highest total in women's T20Is, beating England women's 250 for 3 against South Africa women exactly a year ago.

*The 227-run stand between Musamali and Alako is the highest for any wicket in women's T20Is. The previous best was 182 put on by Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine against South Africa women , exactly a year ago. [South Africa women played two T20Is on the same day in Taunton on June 20, 2018]

*The margin of victory (304 runs) is the highest ever by a distance. The previous best in women's T20Is was when UAE women beat China women by 189 runs in January.

*Mali have the three lowest totals in women's T20Is, having incredibly achieved those on three consecutive days.

*The 61 extras Mali gave up are the third most in women's T20Is.

*The 82 runs Oumou Sow conceded are the most ever for Women's T20Is. The most ever conceded in men's cricket is 81 (in four overs) by Sarmad Anwar in a domestic match in Pakistan.

Additional reporting by ESPNCricinfo

All To Play For At Kwibuka As Lady Cricket Cranes Eye Ranking Points

By Innocent Ndawula

The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) gave its partisan fraternity a glimpse into the future by sending out a new-look, young, talented and energetic senior national women’s side – The Lady Cricket Cranes for the sixth edition of the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Women’s T20 Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.

Uganda’s side is without doubt an exciting mix; a reward to the six outstanding players that stood out in the Girls Cricket Week (GCW) in May and eight of the seasoned campaigners that are fresh from International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe that are looked at as a unit that will form the core of the Lady Cricket Cranes side for a long time in future.

Like the Victoria Tri-Series held in Uganda, this tournament, to be played at the beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, will have full Twenty20 International status as it will feature national sides as per ICC’s mandate to have all T20 games featuring nations attain that ranking.

The Lady Cricket Cranes side to Kigali has no less than seven players from the highly-rated Soroti Cricket Academy stable.

Defending champions and three-time winners Kenya have bowed out at 11th hour due to financial constraints whereas Zambia never confirmed when first contacted but the tournament will not be mourning their absence with two debutants – Mali from West Africa & Tanzania from East Africa – in the fold.

Second bite at cherry 

Lively all-rounder Rita Musamali of Aziz Damani gets a second bite at the cherry as captain of the side for the nine-day event that runs from June 16th to 24 in Kigali to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over one million lives in 100 days. In the absence of seniors; Franklyn Najjumba, Consy Aweko, Janet Mbabazi, Kevin Awino, Naomi Kayondo and Rachael Ntono, who were ‘ignored’ by the selectors in the favour of using the meet as an initiation ground for a new breed of players to kick-start their international careers, captain Musamali will look to club-mates Immaculate Nakisuyi, also the vice-captain and Stephanie Nampiina when the going gets tough.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko will continue his gelling process with the side and he will be ably assisted by Ivan Kakande, fresh from coaching stint in Sri Lanka. Eight of the players on tour are from the Soroti Cricket Academy (SCA) stable whose head coach is Kakande. Four are actually from Olila High School won scooped their maiden GCW title after edging their friendly-foes Light SS of Soroti by six runs in the epic final played at Lugogo Oval on May 2.

“The selection of several youngsters is to look at the nearby future, two years to be specific, since that is the period when we expect the next Women World Cup Qualifiers to take place. We want to be ready by then. The more experienced players are still in our sights but the younger ones need more game time and guidance hence their domination of this time round,” said coach Ndiko.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko and Ivan Kakande's Lady Cricket Cranes side will be looking to win only their third Kwibuka title. The tournament was initiated by the Rwanda Cricket Association in 2014.

The Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Tournament will be played on a two round-robin format with each country facing each other twice. The team with most points will be crowned 2019 champions.

CAST OF KWIBUKA T20 CHAMPIONS
2018: Kenya

2017: Kenya

2016: Uganda

2015: Kenya

2014: Uganda

ITINERARY FOR KWIBUKA CRICKET FOR PEACE WOMEN’S T20 TOURNAMENT
June 16: Arrival of Teams
June 17: Visit to Memorial Site, Training, Captains’ & Managers’ Meeting
June 18-23: Match Days
June 24: Team Departures

TOURNAMENT FIXTURES
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
9.30am: Tanzania vs. Uganda
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Mali 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda                                                                                                                                                                             

Thursday, June 20, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

Friday, June 21, 2019
9.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda

Sunday, June 23, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania 
NB: All Games Will Be Played At Gahanga International Cricket Stadium

UGANDA LADY CRICKET CRANES SQUAD
The Players
Rita Musamali (Capt) - Aziz Damani, Immaculate Nakisuyi (V. Capt) – Aziz Damani, Damalie Busingye - Olila High, Joyce Mary Apio – Olila High, Stephanie Nampiina – Aziz Damani, Maria Kagoya Nyende – Aziz Damani, Evelyn Ayipo – Soroti Challengers, Sarah Walaza – Jinja SSS, Esther Iluko – Olila HS, Proscovia Alako – Olila HS, Mildred Anyigo – Olila HS, Susan Kakai – Jinja SSS, Gloria Obukor – Olila HS, Christine Anayo – Light SSS, Soroti
The Reserves
Shubaiker Naigaga – Jinja SSS & Janet Nakiranda – Victoria HS
The Officials
Coach: Michael Grace Ndiko Assistant Coach: Ivan Kakande Physiotherapist: Habiba Kulsum Anguyo Manager: Lwiza Nabulwala

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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Cricket Cranes to make light weather of Oman

Team Uganda have calmly settled into the Arabian Peninsula of Oman ahead of their International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III campaign.

With Uganda set to play its opening match on Friday (November 9), Uganda Cricket Association chairman Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira worked his magic to send the Cricket Cranes for at least four days of acclimatization here in Muscat.

All seems to be going according to plan for the team based at the five-star City Seasons Hotel as the team continues with preparation and adapting programme.

“We are grateful to Mr Khimji Kanak the director of KR Group here in Oman who has hosted and ensured our desire to acclimatize becomes a reality,” said Jackson Kavuma, the Cricket Cranes Team Manager.

“He has taken care of a large chunk of our logistics to ensure that we have a decent place to put our heads and also access training facilities. This preparation is priceless as the team embarks on a tough but possible mission.”

The Cricket Cranes arrived in Muscat in the wee-hours of Monday morning, had a cardio session including gym, swimming and stretching at the hotel’s rooftop pool and did shake off the jet-lag proper yesterday with fully-fledged training session at OC Turf for two hours.

The season is winter here but doesn’t differ too much from that of Uganda with the conditions hot and air staying dry. The team will continue to adapt before taking on Denmark and USA on two back-to-back days (Friday and Saturday).

Acclimatizing. ItThe Cricket Cranes arrived in Muscat in the wee-hours of Monday morning, had a cardio session including gym, swimming and stretching at the hotel’s rooftop pool and did shake off the jet-lag proper yesterday with fully-fledged training session at OC Turf for two hours.

By Innocent Ndawula

Cricket Cranes give hope to kids in Mulago ahead of Mission Oman

The Cricket Cranes – Uganda’s national men cricket team – were this morning involved in action but off the oval as they indulged in some Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
They made time for the disadvantaged with a visit to Mulago Hospital where they were welcomed with faces of gloom and doom as parents and guardians attended to their patients.
But it was at Jeliffe Children’s Ward 16 that the Cricket Cranes got a reality check when they saw hundreds of children of varying ages, some struggling for their lives and others only waiting for divine intervention to heal.

Mulago Hospital’s Customer Relations Officer Shaban Ssebuliba asked Cricket Cranes opening bowler Bilal Hassun to lead the prayers. 
As the players and team management comforted the sick, many couldn’t help but break down. The sad tales from the parents and guardians left others thoughtful but made them stronger and work with resolve as they thoroughly cleaned and polished not one but five wards in the Children Zone.
They also mopped the verandah of the 1945 establishment, swept the compound and wrapped it up by putting smiles on their hosts’ faces as they handed over an assortment of play toys, clothes, scholastic materials and home-care items.

Shaban Ssebuliba Customer Relations Officer of Mulago said; “What you have done is unbelievable. You have comforted us and left us with smiles. The lives of these sick children are going to be even better. Thanks for the love and time given to us. You guys are real Cricket Cranes and I know u will fly. We will follow you and support you from now on.”
There was also a moment of selfies at the facility for the Endiro Coffee-sponsored team that flies out to Muscat, Oman tomorrow (November 4) for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III campaign.

The Cricket Cranes Team Manager Jackson Kavuma said; “We are privileged to be the first national team to do this here. We are very emotional right now. We hope the time we have shared with them will give them hope and belief. We will continue to pray for them.”
More than anything that the Cricket Cranes did, they gave hope to the patients and left a fresh aura of awe-inspiring belief.

By Innocent Ndawula

Cricket Cranes coach Tikolo preaches belief

It has been eons since Uganda either last scored runs in the excess of 250 or chased down targets of 260 plus in a competitive game.
Uganda’s game, especially with the bat, was all about giving deliveries either a gung-ho or dead-straight bat approach.
In such a scenario, it was either hitting out of trouble and hope luck stays on your side or just playing delivers, especially those from spin bowlers, with a dead straight bat in fear of crumbling or losing wickets.
The art of grafting had been heard of but never applied because it wasn’t in Ugandans’ DNA. And local batsmen’s way of playing was suicidal and not productive over consistent games.

But on Steve Tikolo’s Second Coming as Uganda coach, he has worked overtime to find a formula to Uganda’s batting madness. And although the Cricket Cranes remain a work in progress, the results are starting show.
“We can compete with these sides (foreign franchises) on daily basis and even beat them if we believe in our process,” Tikolo told Daily Monitor after the Cricket Cranes picked up their third win - a six-wicket win over Kwazulu Natal Inland Academy - on this ongoing Tour of South Africa on Monday.

“We have the talent in our side to finish off games clinically with calculated risks. The guys have got to continue playing to their strengths and execute the game plans. Hard work is a must in this game of cricket.”
Uganda play their sixth game against KZN franchise today and will be eager to continue making hay as they prepare for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III showpiece scheduled for this November in Oman.

By Innocent Ndawula

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