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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)
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.
KICC vs. MMK, 9am
Afridi vs. Keshwala, 11am
Winners Game 1 vs. Looser Game
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game
There may be need for Kishor Pabari to the current generation in Ugandan cricket.
Originally from India, Pabari is known to have supported many Asian-born cricketers like Nehal Bibodi and, offered sponsorship and cricket equipment in Uganda when he came here in 1982.
He died in 1993 and a year later, a tournament to remember Kishor’s works was organised. The Kishor Pabari Memorial returned with the second edition involving six franchises at Lugogo and Kyambogo Ovals at the weekend.
With several incentives for every nitty gritty, this has triggered some impressive displays in the six round-robin matches played.
“There are several bonuses set like Shs50,000 for every man-of-match award,” organiser Hanumant Katkar told this paper.
“If one’s team wins, then a every wicket is worth Shs5000 shared by a bowler and fielder (if its a catch and Shs1000 per run made. It’s a bit lower for the losing team.” he added.
That means Challengers’ skipper Ivan Thawithemwira scooped Shs75,000 after smashing a half-ton of 75 runs off 28 balls as they defeated the Rwanda Select XI by 131 runs on Saturday.
“That’s good money,” Thawi said of the bonuses and Shs5m cash prize set to be given out after the final this Sunday.
“But whether there was no money or not, Challengers is a competitive side that would love to win every tournament they play,” the lanky batsman said following two wins out of three ties.
Although Rwanda XI failed in their attempt to chase Challengers’ 232-5, their batsman Eric Hirwa (33 of 26) was picked as player of match ahead of opponent Sadic Fahad (5/19).
National coach Steve Tikolo and Charity Trust Fund captain Jonathan Ssebanja turned up for Aziz Damani.
The Division II champions lost to a Nicholas Kebba-inspired (34 off 48) Tornado Bee by six wickets but recovered by beating Challengers on Sunday.
Here, Brian Masaba took the match’s best player honour after picking 5/15 and making 19 off 38 but Tikolo’s 36-ball 48 was equally outstanding.
KISHOR PABARI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Challengers 94/10 Aziz Damani 95/2
(Challengers won by 8 wickets)
Challengers 232/5 Rwanda Select XI 101/10
(Challengers won by 131 runs)
Everest 147/5 Rwanda Select 55/10
(Everest won by 92 runs)
KICC 141/8 Rwanda Select XI 113/10
(KICC won by 28 runs)
Aziz Damani 136/7 Tornado Bee 140/4
(Tornado Bee won by 6 wickets)
Blind cricket has been in Uganda for close to a decade now. Though, an annual countrywide primary schools’ tournament has only taken place for three years.
The latest edition climaxed at Lugogo Hockey grounds yesterday with Mukono-based Salaama School of the Blind and Sir Apollo Kaggwa Nkokonjeru taking part in the final. After playing for over two weeks, the two schools formed franchise sides with Super Heroes, Secret Talent and Ebenezer winning in that order using plastic bats, ball and stumps. “Playing cricket is fun,” said Joseph Asiimwe, a short-sighted primary seven pupil from Salaama.
He and Annet Asiimwe were voted as best players by tournament director Martin Ondeko at the six-aside six-over tournament. But how does he go about it?
“When I hit the ball far, I can’t see it but I follow the sound and then run,” Asiimwe said. “If I am helped, I believe I can play cricket at a bigger stage.” Unfortunately, blind cricket is not part of the disciplines at the Paralymic Games.
The Combined Girls’ Schools Select XI team traveled to Rwanda (Kigali) for the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Women’s Tournament on Wednesday 8th June 2016. According to the earlier arrangements at Kigali, the hosts had invited 2 countries namely, Uganda and Kenya, unfortunately Kenya withdrew at the last minute, but the tournament had to carry on with only Uganda and Rwanda participating. Eventually UCA Girls Schools Select team were crowned victors having won the series on 5-0 tally against the Rwanda Ladies team. A total of 4 (four) T-20 games and 1 (one) 40 over game rounded up the series with Uganda clinching the host. The team returned home on Monday, a board trinity bus.
Stephanie Nampiina, Kevin Awino, and Rita Musamali (Jinja SSS), Saidat Kemigisha, Malemikia Patricia and Hope Wanichan (Kololo SSS), Immaculate Nakisuyi and Teddy Ayella (Masaka SSS), Regius Tumusiime and Damalie Kayondo (Gayaza High School), Mary Akwi (Lord’s Meade Vocational School), Joyce Mary Apio (Olila High School), Daphine Dricilu (from Kilembe SSS), Florence Mukyala ( Busoga High School), Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS) and Hilda Kabaseke ( Ndejje SSS).The players were selected from the recent Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week tournament.
Officials: Habib Mugalulah, (Team Coach), Lwiza Nabulwala (Team Manager).
Tournament Accolade Winners:
1. Player of Series – Immaculate Nakisuyi ( Masaka SSS)
2. Best Batsman – Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS)
3. Best Bowler – Babyish Ishimwe ( Rwanda)
4. Best Fielder – Regius Tumusiime ( Gayaza High)
Prepared by: Franklyn Najjumba
Women's Dev't Officer - Uganda Cricket Association
The Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week Qualifiers in the Western Region took place from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2015 at Nyakasura Grounds.
A total of 5 schools participated in the tournament namely; Nyakasura School, Kyebambe Girls School (from Fort Portal), Kilembe Senior Secondary School, MT Rwenzori Girls School, and ST Theresa Girls School (from Kasese District).
During the 3 day tournament, Kilembe Senior Secondary ( from Kasese District ) and Kyebambe Girls School (from Fort Portal) qualified from the Western region for the National Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week Tournament scheduled to take place in from 17th - 22nd April 2015
See below the Match results:
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL
ST Theresa Girls School 67/6 in 11 Overs beat Nyakasura School 66/10 in 20 Overs by 4 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground
MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL
MT Rwenzori 63/8 in 9.3 Overs beat Kyebambe Girls 52/10 in15 Overs by 2 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground.
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kyebambe Girls 86/9 in 15 Overs beat Kilembe SSS 49/10 in 12.1 Overs by 37 runs at Nyakasura Ground
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
Nyakasura 79/5 in 15 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori 66/10 in 14.1 Overs by 13 runs at Nyakasura Ground
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL
Kyebambe girls 54/10 in 15 Overs beat Nyakasura School 39/10 by 15 runs at Nyakasura Ground.
ST THERESA GIRLS Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kilembe SSS 90/8 in 15 Overs beat ST Theresa Girls 58/10 in 13 Overs by 32 runs at Nyakasura School
KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs NYAKASURA SCHOOL
Kilembe 57/10 in 15 Overs beat Nyakasura School 50/10 in 11.1 Overs by 7 runs at Nyakasura ground
ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
ST Theresa 58/4 in 9.3 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori Girls School 57/10 by 6 Wickets at Nyakasura ground
KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
Kilembe SSS 61/10 in 15 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori 58/10 in 9.4 Overs by 3 runs at Nyakasura Ground
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL
Kyebambe Girls School 95/9 in 15 Overs beat St Theresa Girls School 80/8 in 15 Overs by 16 runs at Nyakasura School.
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kilembe Senior Secondary School 63/3 in 11.1 Overs beat Kyebambe Girls School 62/10 in 15 Overs by 7 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground.
PREPARED BY: FRANKLYN NAJJUMBA
WOMEN DEVELOPMENT OFFICER