Mehta Group boosts Cricket Cranes

Cricket Cranes’ bid to lift the ICC World Cricket League Division Three trophy received a shot in the arm following the unveiling, by Mehta Group, of a sponsorship package worth Shs45 million.

The deal, signed at the weekend in Lugazi, will cater for among others players’ allowances, team bonuses and team kit for the upcoming six-team showpiece scheduled to bowl off next Tuesday (May 23).

According to Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Justine Ligyalingi, the partnership with Mehta began in 2012 and is only being revived.

“Mehta has been supporting cricket activities in the country with sponsorship to teams such as Nile Knights in the East African Premier League as well as the Women’s T20 League.

“Today, however, is special and we would like to thank Mehta for the financial support towards the men’s team for this upcoming event,” Ligyalingi said after appending his signature to the deal along with UCA chairman Bashir Ansasiira and Mehta Group CEO Anil Shah.

Although the deal will cater for the men’s national team, Shah promised to extend financial help to the ladies’ team as well. 
“Our commitment towards cricket development is unquestionable. This is just the beginning. Next will be the ladies,” Shah said, before urging the players to give their all during the 10-day event.

Uganda open their campaign against Canada at Lugogo Oval on May 23 and team captain Davis Karashani believes they have got what it takes to move a division up.

“The mood in the camp is positive. We have a great physio (Habiba) and she is working hard to ensure all the niggles are gone ahead of our opener. The squad is also littered with players of quality and I am positive they will make the country proud,” Karashani said.

Oman is expected to be the first country to jet in on Thursday with the rest USA, Canada, Oman, Malaysia and Singapore arriving on Saturday and Sunday. UCA will unveil the new team jersey tomorrow.

ICC WCL DIV III
UGANDA’S FIXTURES 
May 23: Uganda vs. Canada - Lugogo Oval
May 24: Uganda vs. Singapore -Entebbe Oval
May 26: Uganda vs. Oman -Kyambogo Oval
May 27: Ugandavs. Malaysia - Lugogo Oval
May 29: Uganda vs.USA - Entebbe Oval

By CAESAR ABANGIRAH

Final bend for Nanji Kalidas Mehta Memorial Tournament

 Regular season form will count for nothing today when the four finest sides in the Nanji Kalidas Mehta Memorial Tournament lock horns for the big prize at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Afridi XI are overwhelming favourites after topping the charts with 24 points after a flawless record from their six round-robin phase fixtures.
But for them to carry the day’s glittering trophy and Shs3m cash prize at stake, they will need their star man Irfan Khan Afridi and Lady Luck on their side as every side is itching to soil their record.
They take on a Keshwala side, who finished second with 16 points, that is not short of firepower and lively wires in the ranks.
KICC will curtain raise the day with a clash against MMK. Both sides finished the preliminary round with 12 points. But KICC captain Hanumant Katkar believes his side has a chance of making it to the finals. 
“We have a long route to victory,” said Katkar. “But we are going to take it one game at a time. We need three wins on the day.” Damani, Cosmas and MTN are the other sides that took part in the tourney.

KNOCKOUT FIXTURES 
VIRTUAL SEMIFINALS\
KICC vs. MMK, 9am
Afridi vs. Keshwala, 11am
FINAL ROUND
Winners Game 1 vs. Looser Game
2, 1.30pm
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game
3, 3.45pm

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MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE -2015

The Mehta Premier League 2015 edition comes to an end this weekend at Lugogo and Kyambogo ovals. Jinja SS the defending champions, Pioneer CC, Wanderers CC and Charity TF CC shall tussle it out in the semifinal and later to final stages after successfully progressing from the preliminary games.

 The coveted championship competed for in the T20 format shall see Jinja SS CC coming out to defend the trophy for the second year in a raw, having won one of its 2 games against Pioneer CC on Sunday at Lugogo oval a good level of confidence has grown in the Jinja based team. Pioneer CC is optimistic as well as they will come out this weekend with open hands in search of a second trophy in the 2015 season having won the UCA 40 over League a month back.

 Wanderers CC are in good shape to compete this year with the 2 time winners Charity TF CC getting better day by day. A closing ceremony will be held at Lugogo oval at 4:30 pm after the finals.

The event will be attended by dignitaries from Mehta Company the sponsors and members of the fraternity.

 

 Fixtures for Mehta Premier League:

Semi Final 1. Charity Trust Fund CC Vs Pioneer CC

Venue: Lugogo Oval

Starting Time: 10:00am

 

Semi Final 2. Jinja Senior Secondary School CC Vs Wanderers CC

Venue: Kyambogo Oval

Starting Time: 10:00am

 

 Final: Winner Semi Final 1 Vs Winner Semi Final 2.

Venue: Lugogo Oval

Time: 2:30pm

Jinja SS dedicate Mehta Twenty20 title to Mugalula

Habibu Mugalula was a militaristic cricketer in his hey-day. Always steaming in from 30 yards with the new ball and an even more eye-catching sight with the bat as he scampered for quick tight singles.
It is the same attitude with which Mugalula played that he initiated when he started a new career as cricket coach in 2012 at Jinja Secondary School.

His students had to learn fast, and they did. There was no two ways! But over the past one-month (37 days to be exact), things have been slow in the 34-year-old’s life.
A hit and run accident left him crippled on September 10 in Jinja. The soft-spoken tactician’s pelvic girdle was broken and he underwent an operation to have a plate inserted to hold his pelvic bones together.
But Mugalula threw away the clutches for the first time and regained his mojo, albeit temporarily last Sunday, when Jinja SS girls pulled off a heist to win the Mehta National Twenty20 League.
The bubbly teenagers defeated favourites Charity by five wickets in a low-scoring semifinal at Kyambogo Oval before toppling Wanderers by the same margin in a nail-biting final at Lugogo.

“We played well today and we dedicate this victory to our coach [Mugalula],” Jinja SS captain of the day Rachael Ntono was quick to say soon after the over-the-top celebrations.
“We didn’t play well when he was away and we were hungry to win it for him as a welcome back gift. We are very excited and there will be a big party at school.” Mugalula, who was bed-ridden for a week in Mulago Hospital after being transferred from Jinja Hospital, also credited the girls for possessing big-match temperaments and playing with pure passion.
“Their love for the game is incomparable and they know how to execute game plans. 
“That’s what happens when they listen,” said Mugalula, who is coincidentally an alumnus of Jinja SS.
The youthful coach nicknamed Mugi spared a vote of thanks for Jinja SS head teacher Dinah Hope Tuhumwire Nyago, Uganda Cricket Association, fellow teachers Samuel Musiho and Yusuf Nanga, student Aloysius Odoi and his wife Faith Neema, who have spent both their time and money to ensure he gets back on the road running as before like a well-oiled machine.

MEHTA NATIONAL TWENTY20 W0MEN’S CRICKET LEAGUE

FINAL
Wanderers 85/5 Jinja SS 86/5
(Jinja SS won by 5 wickets)
SEMIFINALS
Charity TF 49/8 Jinja SS 54/5
Wanderers 75/5 Tornado 63/9
ROLL OF HONOUR
Player of Series: Damalie Busingye (Jinja SS) – 154 runs & 7 wickets
Best Batter: Naome Kayondo (Wanderers) – 127 runs in 5 innings
Best Bowler: Joselyn Nakato (Charity TF) – 9 wickets
Best Fielder: Franklyn Najjumba (Tornado) – 4 dismissals
Best Wicketkeeper: Patricia Munguryek (Charity TF) – 7 dismissals

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By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Jinja Senior Secondary School CC are the Champions of 2014 Mehta Premier League

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE

RESULTS FOR THE FINALS:

WANDERERS CC VS JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB 86/5 IN 19.5 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS CC 85/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL

Toss won Jinja SSS CC who opted to Field.

BATTING JINJA SSS: Racheal Ntono 23 off 26 balls, Pricco Nakitende 19 off 28 balls
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/16 in 4 Overs, Lydia Bakumpe 2/22 in 4 Overs.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 23 off 30 balls, Naome Kayondo 23 off 33 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Stephanie Nampiina 1/9 in 4 Overs, Damalie Busingye 1/11 in 2 Overs. 

RESULTS FOR SEMI FINAL 1 & 2

SEMI FINAL 1.
TORNADO CC Vs WANDERERS CC

TORNADO CC 63/9 IN 20 OVERS LOST TO WANDERERS CC 75/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 12 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL.

Toss won by Tornado CC who opted to Field.

BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 28 off 37 balls, Naome Kayondo 18 off 25 balls.
BOWLING TORNADO: Gloria Adubu 2/19 in 4 Overs
BATTING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 11off 11 balls.
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/10 in 4 Overs, Naome Kayondo 2/17 in 4 Overs.

SEMI FINAL 2:
CHARITY TRUST FUND CC Vs JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB.

JINJA SSS 54/5 IN 13 OVERS, BEAT CHARITY TRUST FUND CC 49/8 IN 13 OVERS AT KYAMBOGO GROUND.

Toss won by Charity who elected to bat

BATTING JINJA SSS: Damalie Busingye 11 off 22 balls, Immaculate Nakisuyi 10 Not Out off 11 balls
BOWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/5 in 2 Overs
BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 8 off 22 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Pricco Nakitende 2/4 in 2 Overs, Rita Musamali 2/10 in 2 Overs.

Conguratulations to Jinja Senior Secondary School CC for Winning the 2014 Mehta Premier League.

 

 

Mehta T20 Premier League Climaxes

Defending champions Charity Trust Fund Cricket Club will have to battle Jinja Senior Secondary girls cricket club in the semi finals before they play a final match as Mehta Premier League (Women's Twenty/20) 2014 Cricketing season comes to an end this Sunday.

It will be a busy Sunday for the Uganda Cricket Association women cricket with three competitive matches. Earlier in the day the girls will engage each other in the semis which will be played in the morning at both Kyambogo and Lugogo grounds.

Winners of the semi will face each other in an epic final at Lugogo cricket oval to decide the overall winner of the season. The first semi-final will be played between Tornado Cricket club and Wanderers Cricket Club at Lugogo Oval starting 10:00am.

The other semi final at Kyambogo will see reigning champions Charity Trust Fund CC taking upcountry based club-Jinja Senior Secondary School Cricket Club.

The finals will be played at 2:30pm at the national cricket facility-Lugogo Cricket Oval. The closing ceremony of Mehta Premier League shall take place on the same day immediately after the finals.

Fixtures

Semi Final 1.

Tornado CC Vs Wanderers CC

Venue: Lugogo Oval

Semi Final 2.

 Charity Trust Fund CC Vs Jinja Senior Secondary School Cricket Club

Venue: Kyambogo ground

All matches start at 10:00am

Finals.

Winners semi final 1 Vs Winners Semi final 2

Venue-Lugogo Cricket Oval

Time: 2pm

MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE


THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON STARTED ON 4TH OCTOBER 2014, FIVE (5) TEAMS CONFIRMED PARTICIPATION, NAMELY; JINJA ASSOCIATION OF CRICKET CLUBS, (FROM JINJA) JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CC (FROM JINJA), WANDERERS CC, CHARITY TRUST FUND, AND TORNADO CC (FROM KAMPALA).ALL THE TEAMS SHALL COMPETE FOR HONORS OVER A LIMITED TWENTY/20 OVER GAME FORMAT

DURING THE TOURNAMENT, THE TOP FOUR FINISHERS WILL BE BASED ON POINTS, WHICH AT THE END OF THE LEAGUE STAGE SHALL AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR THE KNOCKOUT SEMI-FINAL PHASE, AND THE WINNERS, SHALL QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS. 

Tournament Facts
Event Name: Mehta Premier League, 2014
Dates: August 4th – 25th October 2014
Venues: Lugogo, Kyambogo, and Jinja Cricket Oval.
Organized by: Uganda Cricket Association
Format: Twenty /20 over Games 
Teams: Locally based Cricket teams and secondary school teams
 
SEE BELOW AN UP DATE ON MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE 2014
DATE: 4TH OCTOBER 2014
 

MATCH 1:
WANDERERS CC Vs CHARITY TRUST FUND CC

CHARITY 66/6 IN 14 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS 33/10 IN 12 OVERS BY 33 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL

TOSS WON BY CHARITY TRUST FUND CC WHO OPTED TO BAT

BATTING CHARITY: Flavia Laker 11off 21 balls, Patricia Munguryek 10 Not Out off 6 balls.

BOWLING WANDERERS: Mary Nalule 2/14 in 3 Overs

BATTING WANDERERS: Daphine Mukasa 10 off 11 balls

BOWLING CHARITY: Joselyn Nakato 4/5 in 2 Overs, Carol Namugenyi 2/8 in 3 Overs.

MATCH 2: 
CHARITY TRSUT FUND CC Vs TORNADO CC

CHARITY TRUST FUND 97/10 IN 18.2 OVERS LOST TO TORNADO CC 99/5 IN 18 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL.

TOSS WON BY CHARITY TRUST FUND CC WHO OPTED TO BAT

BATTING TORNADO: Franklyn Najjumba 21 off 34 balls, Lelia Namaganda 21 off 45 balls.

BOLWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/14 in 4 Overs, Flavia Laker 1/15 in 4 Overs.

BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 20 off 22 balls, Patricia Munguryek 19 off 18 balls.

BOWLING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 3/9 in 4 Overs, Gloria Shinning Light 3/15 in 3.2 Overs

 
Prepared by: Franklyn Najjumba
Women's Development Officer
 
 
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