UGANDA CRICKET CRANES HOLD THEIR NERVE TO DEFEAT JERSEY BY 25 RUNS IN OMAN

Uganda held its nerve to defeat Jersey by 25 runs in their first game at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament in Oman.

The island nation won the toss and chose to field first in the only game of the opening day of the Challenge League B.

Uganda named a predictable starting XI with youngsters Richard Agamire, Fred Achellam, and Kenneth Waiswa missing out with Steve Tikolo naming a very experienced side.

Roger Mukasa and Arnold Otwani opened the batting for Uganda and despite both getting some good starts they were unable to capitalize as they fell for scores below 20.

Ronak Patel is still soul searching and he dragged a ball onto his stumps for zero to limit Uganda to 36/3 inside 15 overs.

A 70 run partnership between Shahzad Kamal (47) and captain Brian Masaba (40) settled all nerves and laid a platform for the middle order to prosper.

Dinesh Nakrani (79) and Riazat Shah (37) who in the past have combined for some memorable knocks had a 91-run partnership that helped Uganda pile 248/8 in their 50 overs.

In the chase, Jersey took the game to Uganda scoring freely and wickets were difficult to come by for the Cricket Cranes. The usually reliable spinners had an off day as Henry Ssenyondo and Frank Nsubuga had a difficult time as they failed the partnerships that were growing.

However, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Shah and Dinesh Nakrani had a great day with the ball containing the run flow and also picking up the important wickets.

Nakrani undoubtedly the man of the match picked the last wicket of the game as Uganda closed out a 25 run win.

The win gives Uganda momentum as they go into their next four games. Uganda needs at least two more wins to be able to remain in contention for the top slot in Group B.

CRICKET CRANES OFF TO OMAN FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Uganda Cricket Association today flagged off a contingent of 14 players accompanied by 7 officials as they start their qualification journey for the 2023 World Cup.

The new qualification format was created last year with Uganda placed in Group B alongside neighbors Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Each of the teams will play a maximum of 15 ODIs scheduled across three rounds. The first was supposed to be hosted by Hong Kong but due to the political situation in the country, the tournament was moved to Oman.

Uganda had a horror visit to Oman in 2018 when they finished bottom of Division 3 World Cricket League and they will be looking at rewriting that script with a good show this time around.

Brian Masaba will be leading the side in his first major ICC tournament but had an audition for the job on the build-up tour in Zimbabwe.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsBrian Masaba

The 14-man team will travel with a selector for the first time in the history of Uganda Cricket and he will be tasked with making the tough decisions while on tour.

The Cricket Cranes will play their first game on Monday, December 2 against Jersey.

The team departed Kampala this evening aboard Emirates and will arrive in the desert nation early on Saturday morning.

Travelling Contingent

  • Players: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain), 2. Roger Mukasa, 3. Arnold Otwani, 4. Kenneth Waiswa, 5. Frank Nsubuga, 6. Shahzad Kamal Ukani, 7. Dineshkumar Nakrani, 8. Ronak Patel, 9. Richard Agamire, 10. Bilal Hassun, 11. Riazat Ali Shah 12. Charles Waiswa, 13. Henry Ssenyondo 14. Frank Nsubuga.
  • Coaches: Steve Tikolo (Head Coach) and Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)
  • Team Officials: Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager), Habiba Kulsum (Physiotherapist), Richard Gideon Okia (Selector), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst) and Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager)
Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsSteve Tikolo

Uganda’s Fixtures

  • 2nd December: Uganda vs. Jersey, OC Turf 1
  • 5th December: Uganda vs. Kenya, OC Turf 2
  • 6th December: Uganda vs. Bermuda, OC Turf 1
  • 9th December: Uganda vs. Italy, OC Turf 2
  • 11th December: Uganda vs. Hong Kong, OC Turf 1
 

HAMU KAYONDO MISSES OUT ON FINAL 14 TO OMAN

Since making his debut for the Cricket Cranes in 2014 Hamu Kayondo has been an integral part of the national side growing in confidence and stature from one tournament to another.

However, the Cricket Cranes will have to do without him in Oman as a broken thumb has ruled him out of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament.

Kayondo suffered the broken thumb on the build-up tour of Zimbabwe when he was struck on the hand by a delivery from Richard Ngarava.

The squad of 14 will be led by Brian Masaba as they hunt for glory in the desert. The last time the Cricket Cranes visited the desert nation they finished bottom of the group at the Division 3 qualifiers.

Eleven of the fourteen selected players were part of the squad that was in Oman last year and most of them will be seeking to correct the wrongs of 2018.

Brian Masaba will be taking charge of the team in his first ICC tournament and he has enough experience to help him while on the field.

Veteran Frank Nsubuga makes the cut and he will be one of the players to watch out during the tournament. Nsubuga is one of the most respected bowlers in Associate Cricket and if he can raise his game he will win games for Uganda.

Former captain Roger Mukasa who had a decent tour in Zimbabwe is due a big celebration for the Cricket Cranes and with the captaincy burden off his back, he should be free to shine in Oman.

Ronak Patel is yet to deliver on all the promise he showed in 2018 local season scoring over 500 runs in 7 games as his form for the Cricket Cranes has been poor and he will need runs in Oman to keep the faith of the selectors.

Richard Agamire has been given a chance to shine at the tournament and he will be looking at sharing the new ball with the experienced Charles Waiswa ahead of Bilal Hassun.

The squad will leave on Friday afternoon and will face Jersey first on December 2.

The first round of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B will run from November 30 to December 13.

The Team

  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 Denis musali

Otwani dreams about Division II after redeeming career in Oman

ganda’s latest sensation Arnold Otwani was already talking about playing cricket in International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division II soon after guiding the Cricket Cranes to a five-wicket win over Denmark in the opening game of Division III here in Al Amarat, Muscat on Friday.
The Division II showpiece doesn’t happen until April 18-28, 2019 in Namibia but after his match-winning knock of 88 off 86 balls, Otwani can dare to dream.
“Oh Yeah, I feel so good. It has been more than a year away from the national team. I had some ups and downs but I have worked so hard to be here again,” said Otwani, whose knock comprised of 15 boundaries and helped Uganda reach their target with 82 balls to spare.
“I have proved my critics wrong. I am happy to deliver and this should be the start of many good things to come. I dedicate this award to the coach (Steve Tikolo) because he believed in me. 
“Now our main target is to go to Division II. We don’t want to either look back or even go a level down. Even in the next matches our plan is to come hard at the opponents but by playing basic cricket. We are hungry to do well.”
Only two places, for the top two finishers, are at stake from this six-team global event to progress to the Division II in a series of leagues constituted as the qualification pathway to the 2023 World Cup in India.
The 23-year-old Otwani also paid tribute to his fellow top performer on the day Charles Waiswa, who finished with figures of 4 for 25. “Charles bowled very well. He earned all his wickets because he had to hit the deck hard and extract some more pace and bounce from the wicket.”
The Cricket World Cup (CWC) League 2 line-up will be completed by the top four teams from Division 2, who will join Scotland, Nepal and United Arab Emirates. The bottom four teams from the Oman event will play in the ICC Cricket World Challenge League.
By press time, Uganda was taking on USA in a crunch fixture looking to make the Americans pay for having inflicted a 13-run defeat on them during the same event hosted by the former in May 2017 at the lakeside Entebbe Cricket Ground. 
It was that loss that condemned Uganda to unchartered territory with their first-ever relegation to the Division IV tier. Luckily, Uganda quickly regained its status by winning subsequent Division IV event in Malaysia May 2018.

ICC WCL DIVISION III, OMAN

FRIDAY RESULTS
Game 1 
Kenya 164 all out in 49.2 overs
Oman 166/5 in 42.5 overs
Oman won by 5 wickets 
(with 43 balls remaining)
Man of Match: Kaleemullah of Oman 
(4 for 26 in 10 overs including 4 maidens)

Game 2
Denmark 165 all out in 44.2 overs
Uganda 167/5 in 36.2 overs
Uganda won by 5 wickets 
(with 82 balls remaining)
Man of Match: Arnold Otwani
(88 runs off 86 balls (15 fours) & 4 catches)

TUESDAY’S FIXTURES - NOVEMBER 13
Oman vs. Denmark, OCA Turf 1
Uganda vs. Kenya, OCA Turf 2

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

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