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.

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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

UCA SCHOOL SELECT SIDE TO TAKE PART IN YOUTH SERIES IN RWANDA

Uganda Cricket has sent a Schools Select side that travels by road tonight to part in the Youth Quadrangular Series in Kigali Rwanda.

The squad made up of mostly U19 players was selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition and had a one week residential camp in Lugogo in preparation for the trip.

This trip is part of the early preparations for the 2021 U19 World Cup qualifiers as Uganda looks to return to the Global Junior World Cup.

Cricket Uganda has started the preparations through specialized training camps as well as exposing the players to invitational junior competitions.

A new look U19 side took part in the Star Field tournament this year and only four players who were part of that trip have been included in this Schools Select side.

The side of 14 players selected from various schools will be led by Kings College Budo’s Aine Aaron with Habibu Mugalula as head coach.

The team will compete against two development sides from Rwanda and Nyakasura School from Uganda.

There will be no resting for the team that arrives in Kigali tomorrow early morning and will have to play their first game in the afternoon.

All games will be played on the T20 format with the final game to be played on Friday morning.

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The Team

Aine Aaron (Capt – Kings College Budo), Mohammed Yakubu (Vice Capt – Makerere College School), Kakuru Cyrus (Busoga College Mwiri), Waiswa Anderson (Busoga College Mwiri), Puwata Ronald (Jinja SSS), Pius Oloka (Jinja SSS), Kunsa Cyrus (Jinja SSS), Sohela Richard (Jinja SSS), Joseph Baguma (Nyakasura School), Brian Asaba (Nyakasura School), Kakaire Joel (Masaka SSS), Ronald Lutaya (Masaka SSS), Mukisa Eric (Busoga College Mwiri) and Abenaitwe Christabel (Ntare School).

Officials

  • Habib Mugalula – Head Coach
  • Denis Musali – Team Manager

Senior side to offer Baby Cricket Cranes final test

Uganda cricket has consistently taken the stick since the nation suffered shock relegation to the ICC World Cricket League Division Three last month. 
The interest for the gentleman’s game is not as huge as it was before May 23 on and off the oval. 
And the tiring mental constructs will take a while to fade away, more evidenced by low batting totals in recent Jazz Safari National League ties. 
The current senior men’s team generation has hinged on the class that partook at the 2004 and 2006 ICC U-19 World Cup tourneys. 
The inevitable feeling is to have new blood take up the spots.

The nation has a chance to forget the misery should the current U-19 side beat the odds and qualify for next year’s ICC Youth 50-Over World Cup in New Zealand. 
Unlike before, the Baby Cricket Cranes must finish top ahead of Kenya, Botswana and Ghana at the regional qualifier in Nairobi. 
“This team bats deep and that should do the jugular for us,” team’s coach Francis Otieno told Daily Monitor following a series of training sessions at Lugogo.

Squad cut in size
Otieno and assistant Jackson Ogwang trimmed their squad from 25 to 14 while dropping familiar names like Joseph Byaruhanga, John Gabula, Ronald Kinene, Juma Miyagi and Collins Okwalinga. 
Aziz Damani’s Kenneth Waiswa, who was dropped for the ICC WCL, is skipper and knows what’s at stake. “If we qualify for the World Cup, we can change the face of Ugandan cricket like it happened in 2006,” said the promising medium pacer. 
Waiswa will be deputized by Zephania Arinaitwe and the pair has two trial matches against their seniors tomorrow and on Saturday at Lugogo Oval. “Giving Arinaitwe means he must play with responsibility.” Otieno reasoned.

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By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Ochan, Mutyagaba back in Cricket side

 Patrick Ochan and Abram Mutyagaba have been recalled to the senior men’s national cricket team preparing for the Division 11 World Cricket League (WCL) tournament due next month.
Australia-based Ochan and Mutyagaba, who features for South African side Natal, last played for the Cricket Cranes in January when Uganda were relegated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Division Three.
But recent consistent displays have now earned the duo call-ups to the national squad for the January 17-24 tournament. They are replacing Indian-born Suleman Sharif and UK-based wicket-keeper Naeem Bardai, who Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) considered surplus to requirements in the 14-man squad. 
“I believe their (Ochan and Mutyagaba) return will bear fruit in Namibia,” Cricket Cranes skipper Frank Nsubuga welcomed the changes before speaking about the fixture line-up. “The fixture line-up is tricky. But knowing that every player selected knows what is at stake, we’ll try take it one game after another,” he added. “Ochan has been playing against some very good players in Australia lately and we hope his bowling can give us an extra punch.” Three months ago, dread-locked seamer Ochan turned down the call to represent Uganda in Malaysia because UCA had requested his club to release him on short notice. 
“This time, UCA wrote to my club in time. My boss and I will be able to come to Kampala in a few days,” Ochan, the second best team bowler with six scalps when Uganda suffered relegation in New Zealand, said on phone from his base in Adelaide. 
Uganda will open their account against WCL Div.3 champions Nepal at the Wanderers Affies Oval. 
“The fixture line-up is tricky. But we are here to represent our country and want to do so well. We will fight to the end in every match,” he said. 
Ochan is expected to improve coach Peter Kirsten’s pace-bowling options that include Jonathan Ssebanja, Deus Muhumuza and Danniel Ruyange.. 
Mutyagaba finished as Uganda’s best batsman in New Zealand with batting figures of 61 off 93 deliveries against Kenya enroute to a total tally 130 runs from six innings. 
“His contribution to the top-order will be vital if we are to achieve our batting aggregate of about 270 runs per match,” Nsubuga said.
Uganda will hope to finish among the best four countries; hosts Namibia, Kenya, Netherlands, Canada and Nepal.

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