CRICKET CRANES HEAD TO QATAR AND INDIA FOR BUILD-UP GAMES

In preparation for a busy 2020 international season, the Cricket Cranes will tour Qatar and India for the next 20 days.

The team will move in two batches with the 1st batch of 14 players leaving on 9th Feb and will spend six days in Qatar before the next batch of players joins them on the India league of the tour.

Deus Muhumuza who had taken some time of the national team is back into the side and will be on both the Qatar and India trips while Saud Islam will also make his debut for the Cricket Cranes.

Saud Islam who has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the league for the past seasons will need to replicate the same form on the international scene if he is to force his way into the main team.

Brian Masaba will captain the side on both legs of the tour and he will be assisted by Arnold Otwani. Davis Turinawe continues in the interim head coach role before a permanent appointment is made.

Youngsters Jonathan Kiiza, Calvin Watuwa, Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru will get their first chance in a cricket cranes jersey on the India leg of the tour and they will be seeking to make an impression on the interim boss in they are get considered as part of the Cricket Cranes in the long term.

The team will play 3 T20 international games in Qatar and 2 ODIs. The T20 games have significance as they are categorized as international games and therefore there are ranking points at stake for both sides. They will play then play two 40-over games in Mumbai before settling into their Indian base at the Sanjay Farm in Chikhli where they will play four more games.

TEAM TO QATAR: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Charles Waiswa 5. Kenneth Waiswa 6. Saud Islam 7. Henry Ssenyondo 8. Fred Achelam 9. Frank Nsubuga 10. Richard Agamire 11. Deus Muhumuza 12. Trevor Bukenya 13. Zephaniah Arinaitwe 14. Frank Akankwasa.

TEAM TO INDIA: 1. Brian Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Zephania Arinaitwe 5. Charles Waiswa 6. Kenneth Waiswa 7. Richard Agamire 8. Trevor Bukenya 9. Frank Akankwasa 10. Rogers Olipa 11. Steven Wabwose 12. Robinson Obuya 13. Cyrus Kakuru 14. Gerald Mubiru 15. Calvin Watuwa 16. Jonathan Kizza.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

ROTARIANS GET INTRODUCED TO CRICKET BY THE CRICKET CRANES

In a bid to make the game more popular, the Uganda Cricket Association in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala South introduced the game to its members.

Only a few members of the club had ever interacted with the game with the majority getting a feel of bat and ball for the first time.

However, despite being still being dressed in their formal work clothes the members showed enthusiasm especially when it came to the practice games. The ladies were more interested in bowling while the gentlemen picked up the bats to smack the ball.

he eager students were taken through the basics of the game by the Cricket Cranes interim coach Davis Turinawe before being divided into four groups that played four over games amongst themselves.

The evening was also an induction for Cricket Cranes players Deus Muhumuza and Charles Waiswa who were formally welcomed into the Rotary Club of Kampala South.

The eventful evening was ended with a Uganda Cricket giving two national team jerseys to the incoming Club President Jennifer Carolyn Byokusheka and Club President Peter Mukuru whose jersey was received by Vice President Charles Odaga by the CEO of Uganda Cricket Martin Ondeko.

These partnerships are important for the growth of the game as more people get introduced to the gentleman’s game.

By; Denis Musali

 

STEVE TIKOLO: CRICKET CRANES HEAD COACH PARTS WAY WITH UCA

After a disappointing Africa T20 campaign on home turf last May, many people in the cricket circles called for Steve Tikolo’s head.

Uganda Cricket Association, however, chose to stick with the Tikolo to oversee the first leg of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in December.

The association was contemplating renewing Tikolo’s contract after the success in Oman where the team won all their games but on Wednesday afternoon they announced the coach will be leaving.

“Stephen Tikolo has chosen not to renew his contract with Uganda Cricket Association,” a statement from the association reads in part.

His contract was due for renewal and negotiations have been ongoing with Steve to stay with us especially after the success in Oman in December 2019 (but) unfortunately, he has made a personal decision not to extend his stay with us despite our interest to continue with the relationship.”

Tikolo has been in charge for three and a half years having joined the national side in 2016.

“In the interim, the team will be handled by Davis Turinawe – a former Cricket Cranes and Under 19 Coach. The process of hiring a new coach will commence soon and should have the position filled by the end of February 2020.”

DECEMBER 2019 USPA AWARD: UGANDA CRICKET CRANES EDGE U17 GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)

The Uganda Cranes Cricket Cranes was named as the outstanding sports personality for December 2019 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).

This was during the first monthly meeting of the sports journalists under the umbrella body, USPA on Monday, 13th January 2020 at the Scarlet Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes team won five straight games during the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B at the Al Amerat oval, Oman.

The all-conquering Ugandan team beat Jersey (25 runs), silenced traditional arch rivals Kenya (by 3 wickets)Bermunda (win by 7 wickets)Italy (38 runs) and Hong Kong (by 6 wickets) to top group B, with an advantage ahead of this year’s second phase to be hosted in Uganda come July.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowlsFranklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsRiaah Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani and Frank Nsubuga were part of the team in Oman

The Uganda Cricket Cranes tallied 495 points to edge the Uganda U-17 girls football team (490 points) and Ndejje University sports team (410 points).

The Uganda U-17 girls were singled out for winning the 2019 CECAFA U-17 first ever football tournament held at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Joel Muyita | Kawowo SportsUganda U17 Girls’ national team after winning CECAFA U-17 Championship

The Ugandan girls finished unbeaten with only a draw against Tanzania in the round robin format.

On the other hand, Ndejje University finished top of all the universities at the 18th Inter University Games hosted by University of Kisubi (Unik) along Entebbe road.

This was the fifth time in a row that Ndejje University won the overall title, scooping 10 gold medals, 7 silver and one bronze in the multi sports championship.

David Isabirye | Kawowo SportsNdejje University players and officials celebrate during the apex of the 18th AUUS Games held at University of Kisubi on Friday, 20th December 2019

Commendations:

A number of teams and personalities were commended for performing well in December 2019.

These included; The Uganda Cranes (won 15th CECAFA senior Challenge Cup), Rally crew of Yassin Nasser and Ali Katumba, Uganda Motocross team, Joshua Cheptegei (record in Valencia 10KM race) and pool player Ibrahim Ssejjemba for exceptional performance at the Matthew Ngulube pool championship held in Zambia.

The sports journalists also rewarded the best per sporting discipline for the year 2019.

December 2019 USPA’s best:

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)
  • U-17 Girls Football Team (490 Points)
  • Ndejje University (410 Points)

 

  • Cricket UgandaCricket Cranes players

    Uganda Cricket Cranes Team in Oman

    1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
    2. Roger Mukasa
    3. Arnold Otwani
    4. Kenneth Waiswa
    5. Dinesh Nakrani
    6. Ronak Patel
    7. Bilal Hassun
    8. Shahzad Kamal
    9. Riazat Ali Shah
    10. Charles Waiswa
    11. Henry Ssenyondo
    12. Frank Nsubuga
    13. Richard Agamire
    14. Fred Achelam

    Prepared by: David Isabirye 

     
     

OTWANI, NAKRANI SPUR CRICKET CRANES TO SIX-WICKET WIN OVER HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong 147 Waqas Barkat (26) Aizaz Khan (24)
  • Uganda 150/4 (36.2/50 ov, target 148) Arnold Otwani (66) and Dinesh Nakrani (57)
  • Uganda won by 6 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)

Uganda has completed the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B with a perfect record in Oman.

The Cricket Cranes won their fifth straight game at Al Amerat on Wednesday thanks largely to Arnold Otwani. The wicketkeeper and stand-in skipper in the absence of Brian Masaba took four catches and scored a patient half-century to guide the Cricket Cranes to a six-wicket win over pre-tournament favourites Hong Kong.

Otwani won the toss and put Hong Kong to the bat. Richard Agamiire, playing his first tournament for the Cricket Cranes, was again trusted with the bowling duties and impressed immensely during his ten-over spell.

Cricket UgandaRichard Agamiire impressed with the ball again

Agamiire 2/26 along with Bilal Hassun 3/33 never let Hong Kong get going despite the first wicket falling in the ninth over. Hong Kong just had 24 runs on board and no player put up more than 27 runs on board.

Hong Kong was reduced to 102/7 with the introduction of Henry Senyondo and Frank Nsubuga in the bowling attack and eventually bundled out for 147.

The chase did not start off well for Cricket Cranes as struggling Roger Mukasa fell for just 7 runs with the sixth ball. Shazad Kamal and Ronak Patel followed shortly leaving Uganda reeling at 29/3 after 11 overs.

Kenneth Waiswa was gone before he could settle at the crease and Cricket Cranes looked like were in a place of bother.

Cricket UgandaArnold Otwani was named player of the match

However, a patient knock from Arnold Otwani 66(112) and Dinesh Nakrani 57(66) helped Uganda seal a six-wicket win with 82 balls to spare.

CRICKET CRANES REMAIN UNBEATEN AFTER SEEING OFF ITALY BY 38 RUNS

Cricket Cranes continued their fairytale run in the desert at the World Cup Challenge League Group B with a 38-run win over Italy at Al Amerat.

The win is their fourth in a row as they aim to finish top of Group after the first round.

The Cricket Cranes were without their captain Brian Masaba who was ruled out of the game with a fever and vice Captain Arnold Otwani slotted into his position.

At the toss, the luck continued to elude Uganda as Arnold Otwani called wrong and Cricket Cranes were asked to bat by the Italians.

Roger Mukasa and his opening partner Arnold Otwani continued their barren run as both failed to put on a reasonable score and it was up to Shahzad Kamal (78) and Ronak Patel (53) to steady the ship. The second-wicket partnership was worth 120 runs as both batsmen followed by their half-centuries from the win against Bermuda with well-crafted half tons.

Shahzad’s departure at 163/3 slowed things down and the remaining seven wickets only contributed a paltry 55 runs.

The late collapse, however, didn’t do much damage as the Uganda finished on 218 all out, the first time the Cricket Cranes have been bowled out in the tournament.

In the chase, Uganda got rid of dangerman Nikolai Smith to keep the Italians at bay but his opening partner Gian Meade (43) took on the responsibility of aggressor as they tried to chase down the total.

There were some nervy moments when the Italians seemed to have settled but Man of the Match Bilal Hassun had other ideas as his 5/27 sealed the game for the Cricket Cranes.

The win, though laboured, means that the Cricket Cranes will definitely finish among the top 2 sides at the tournament. They will take on HongKong on Wednesday which is their final game of the tournament.

The second leg of this Cricket World Cup qualifier will be held in Uganda next year in July.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

RICKET CRANES STAY PERFECT WITH DOMINANT WIN AGAINST BERMUDA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Bermuda 208 (Kamau Leverock 50, Henry Ssenyondo 4/38)
  • Uganda 211/3 (Shahzad Ukani 86, Ronak Patel 72) (40.1/50 overs, target 209)
  • Uganda won by 7 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)

The Cricket Cranes are having a joy ride in Oman after picking up their third win at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

The demons of 2018 have been forgotten as the Cricket Cranes have put together a very good winning run that has seen them top the table.

Uganda made two changes from the side that defeated neighbours Kenya with Henry Ssenyondo returning in the place of youngster Richard Agamire and Arnold Otwani making way for Fred Achellam.

Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat a decision that was justified by their start. Three of their top 4 batsmen scoring half-centuries.

At 159/3, Bermuda looked set for a big total but the wheels came off with the remaining seven batsmen scoring only 50 runs as the Cricket Cranes restricted Bermuda to just 209 all out in 45.2 overs. Henry Ssenyondo 4/35 was the pick of the bowlers for the Cricket Cranes.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowling

In the chase, the top still failed to hold for the Cricket Cranes as Roger Mukasa came and went and Kenneth Waiswa who was promoted to 3 also didn’t stay long. The match-winning partnership was of the second wicket with Shahzad Ukani Kamal (86) and Ronak Patel (72) combining to take the game away from Bermuda. Even the departure of Shahzad with only 13 runs needed didn’t matter much as Dinesh Nakrani finished the game in style with a boundary.

The third win on the bounce for the Cricket Cranes means they are guaranteed of finishing among the top 4 teams and if they can find another win, they will surely finish among the Top 2.

The team takes a break for now and will be back in action on Monday when they take on Italy.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

BRIAN MASABA LEADS FROM THE FRONT AS CRICKET CRANES PICK FAMOUS WIN AGAINST KENYA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Kenya 253/6 (Naman Patel (60), Dhiren Ghondaria (53) Frank Nsubuga 2/38) Uganda 254/7 (Ronak Patel (80), Shahzad Ukani (60) (49.2/50 overs, target 254)
  • Uganda won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

He might have scored only 22 runs but Brian Masaba offered himself when the team needed him instead of throwing the responsibility to someone else he joined walked in with 47 runs needed for the win.

With the set Ronak Patel departing someone had to step up and cometh the moment cometh Brian Masaba. He put his skill to the test scoring crucial runs in a pressure situation with veteran Frank Nsubuga to guide Uganda to a famous victory over neighbours Kenya.

With Charles Waiswa out due to injury, Richard Agamire got his chance and the flat Henry Ssentondo was also replaced by youngster Kenneth Waiswa to make the tail longer.

Uganda won the toss and elected to field first but on a batting surface, the bowlers struggled for consistency.

Kenyan openers were largely untroubled putting on a 88 for the first wicket before veteran Frank Nsubuga broke the partnership. Wickets were not easy to come by for the Cricket Cranes with the Simbas having some good partnerships in the middle that helped them accumulate 253/6 in the 50 overs.

The chase for Uganda didn’t get off to a good start with Roger Mukasa (13) and Arnold Otwani (4) falling early before a third-wicket partnership of 100 runs between Shahzad Kamal Ukani (60) and Ronak Patel (80) steadied the ship. Once Shahzad was gone, the on-form Dinesh Nakrani (37) threw some nasty blows as the rate started to climb.

Patel was due a big contribution and he repaid the faith of the selectors with a well-timed knock but his fall with over 50 runs needed nearly derailed the chase. However, Brian Masaba stepped up to knock off the deficit with veteran Frank Nsubuga to claim a famous three-wicket win.

This is the first time Uganda is defeating Kenya in an ICC competition and also a second win for team Uganda at the tournament in Oman.

There is no rest for team Uganda as they will be back in action tomorrow to take on Bermuda.

A third win for the Cricket Cranes will most definitely mean they finish among the top 4 the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

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