UGANDA U19 WIN BILATERAL SERIES AGAINST TANZANIA

Uganda U19 girls defeated their neighbours Tanzania by 14 runs in the final of the bilateral series played at Kyambogo Cricket Oval.

In a game that was briefly stopped by rain, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat first but they were immediately put on the back foot when Perice Zakayo snapped up Gloria Obukor and Proscovia Alako in the first over to leave Uganda 0/2.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

However, team captain Esther Ilukor (34) and Susan Kakai (24) led the recovery job as they helped the hosts post a commendable 93/5 in 20 overs.

The visitors started the chase strongly as team captain Hudaa Mrisho (16) and Neema Pius Justine (22) put on 41 for the 1st wicket. However, their dismissal derailed the chase as Uganda tightened up their bowling as they dried up the boundaries.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

In the end, the hosts were able to hold on for a 14-run win and the series ending on a high for the young girls who completed the whole tournament unbeaten.

For team coach Ivan Kakande and his assistant Naomi Kayondo, it was a great tournament and a learning one for either of them.

The young girls are being prepared for the first-ever U19 Girls World Cup due in 2021.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

Individual Awards

  • Best Wicketkeeper: Shufaa Hamza – 4 Dismissals
  • Best Fielder: Perice Zapatista – 6 Dismissals
  • Best Bowler: Rachael Mutesi – 9 wickets in 13 overs
  • Best Batsman: Proscovia Alako 89 runs in 5 innings
  • Player of Series: Esther Ilukor – 89 runs and took 3 Wicket Keeping Dismissals

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.

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

UGANDA SCHOOLS SELECT WIN YOUTH QUADRANGULAR SERIES IN RWANDA

The Uganda Schools Select Side that traveled to Rwanda last week for the Youth Quadrangular series returned Saturday early morning victorious.

The youngsters selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition took part in the four-team tournament that included Nyakasura School from Uganda and two development sides from Rwanda.

The side led by Aine Aaron from Kings College Budo played six games, three T20 games and three ODI games winning all their three ODI games but losing one of the three T20 games to fellow countrymen Nyakasura.

The youngsters managed to pick up five out of the six games finishing ahead of Nyakasura to win the inaugural Quadrangular Youth series.

Cyrus Kakuru of Busoga College Mwiri was the standout player for the School’s Select Side scoring the only century of the tournament in the first T20 game en route to accumulating an individual total of 283 runs. He was complemented by the young spinners Sohela Richard of Jinja SSS who picked up 10 wickets with his leg-spin together with his partner Joseph Baguma who picked also snapped up 8 wickets with his off-spin.

The tournament was good exposure for the youngsters who are being prepared for the next U19 World Cup qualifiers which are due in 2021.

The early preparations should help Uganda Cricket to work on the skills of the youngsters and get them match-ready to compete on the international scene.

Boys' Schools Cricket Week 2019 - Makerere College Back, Can Mwiri Win 18th Crown?

The boy’s schools cricket week edition of 2019 will see the return of Makerere College even though they got a wild card to the tournament as hosts. Makerere College is one of the four pioneer schools of the cricket week that started in 1939 alongside Kings College Budo, Busoga College Mwiri and Nyakasura School.

In the history of the school’s cricket week, Makerere College is better known for being the hosts of the annual tournament. The proximity of the school to most of the grounds used during the tournament makes them the ideal host plus the Wandegeya nightlife is also a thing for students to enjoy after a long day of standing in the sun.

However, everything is not lost in Makerere College being the hosts of the tournament, they have produced some of the best talents in Uganda Cricket. Maco Lutaaya, Innocent Ndawula, Fred Isabirye, Arthur Kyobe, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Nyakana, Daniel Ruyange, Madish Patel,  Diana Musiime, and Lydia Bakumpe have all gone through Makerere College. The problems of being an urban school caught up with them as they could no longer access the University Oval that would help them keep the game alive in the school.

All in all, it is refreshing to have Makerere College back in the school’s cricket week, as long as they are playing they will get better. 

Favorites

Defending Champions and seventeen-time winners of the school’s cricket week Busoga College Mwiri are favorites. Despite losing some of the 2018 title-winning team and they are still a very capable side. The problem of Mwiri has been a failure to groom cricketers relying on students from other schools but since the turn of the year Mwiri has made a genuine effort to introduce the game to juniors which should serve them well in future. Ronald Opio will have to bear the bulk of most of the run-scoring with Collins Okwalinga tasked with taking wickets.

St Johns Mukono is another team that should be a threat, they have a big group of U19’s some of whom are in Nairobi for the Star Field Tournament. Their strength is their ability to rely on one another considering they have played together for a long time. They lost to Mwiri in the final last year and they will be hoping that this time they can go all the way.

Mukono SSS is another school that should at least make the last four, they will be led by Juma Miyagi and Simon Oketcho. Mukono has won the schools tournament on two previous occasions which makes them dangerous since they know the feeling of being a champion. 

Dark Horses

Nyakasura School lost a generation that should have won them the school’s cricket week but in Pascal Murungi and Joseph Baguma they have talent that can hurt any team. While in the past Nyakasura was always content with soda and T-shirts, the mindset changed when they started playing in the league three years ago they have shown the hunger to go all the way and they will be no pushovers. 

Jinja SSS just like Nyakasura lost a lot of players after they finished their high school education but Coach Habib Mugalula has produced talent every year and he knows to get the best out of his troops despite their skill levels.

Masaka SSS has not quite dominated the boys game as they have done with the gilrs but they are closing the gap on their more historical rivals. The lack of competition in their region also inhibits their ability to test their skills before coming to Kampala but if coach Yusuf Nanga has done his homework he will be able to make the knockouts at least.

Mentions

These days Ndejje SSS and Ntare School are never interested in winning the cricket week despite having a rich history. Both were very powerful cricket schools that produced very fine cricketers in the late 90s and early 2000’s but that history is lost on the current generation. The cricket week for them is just another school event where they will take anything they get.

Teso College will travel from the furthest place to take part in the cricket week, while they are limited by resources they never seem content with settling for a trip to Kampala. They give their best in every game and once the resource gap is bridged they will be contenders in a few years to come.

Kololo SSS previous winners of the school’s cricket week have fallen off the radar for a while, they have produced the talent but most of it has moved to other schools.

This year the tournament has grown to 14 schools that came through the respective Regional qualification process as follows - Ntare School and Nyakasura School (Western Region), Jinja Senior Secondary School, Busoga High School, Kira College Butiki and Busoga College Mwiri (Eastern Region), Masaka Senior Secondary School (South Western Region), Kings College Budo, Mukono Parents School, Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kyambogo College School, and St John High School (Central Region) and Teso College Aloet (Soroti Region). Makerere College School was granted a wild card entry this year as the host school.

 Prepared by : Denis Musali

PATIDAR PICK FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST TORNADO BEE

Sunday 4th August 2019 | Lugogo Cricket Oval | Division 1

  • Toss won by Tornado Bee who elected to bat.
  • Tornado Bee CC: 100 in 42.2/50 overs & Patidar CC:101/3 in 17.2/50 overs
  • Result: Patidar won by 7 wickets.
  • Batting Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 27 runs off 66 balls
  • Bowling Patidar CC: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs, Derrick Bakunzi 3/16 in 8.2
  • Batting Patidar CC: Ankit Patel 64 runs off 42 balls, Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls
  • Bowling Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 2/15 in 4 overs.
  • Man of Match: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs & Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls

Patidar picked up their first win of the season with a resounding seven-wicket win over Tornado Bee.

The four-time champions, Tornado Bee, who had won back to back games were seeking their third win of the season which would move them further away from the relegation scrap.

Tornado Bee won the toss and chose to bat first but they failed to build meaningful partnerships apart from the top three batsmen who had double figures the other batsmen none had double figures.

The spin combination of Hardik Patel (2/23) and Derrick Bakunzi (3/16) wreaked havoc as they skittled out the former winners for only 100 in 40 overs.

Patidar captain Ankit Patel made sure of all match points leading from the front for a fluid half-century as his side dropped three wickets in the chase to win by 7 wickets.

This is the first win for Patidar who have suffered from the weather denying them action in two games that ended in draws but could have easily been their wins.

They will take the win as they try and play catch up with the teams at the top.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

MASABA, MUKASA INSPIRE AZIZ DAMANI TO WIN AGAINST TORNADO BEE

  • Aziz Damani 331/7 (Brian Masaba: 97 runs not off 77 balls, Roger Mukasa: 84 runs off 79 balls, Saud Islam: 73 runs off 66 balls) 48 overs beat Tornado Bee 99 in 29.4 overs by 232 runs
  • Player of the Match: Henry Ssenyondo (5 wickets for 20 runs in 9.4 overs with 4 maidens)

National team duo of Roger Mukasa (84) and Brian Masaba (97) inspired their club side Aziz Damani to a big win over former champions Tornado Bee.

The game played at the University Oval in Kyambogo was a one-sided affair as the reigning champions rolled out their rivals to pick up their second win of the season.

Aziz Damani won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Roger Mukasa (84) and Saud Islam (74) were able to put on 158 runs for the first wicket as Damani put their rivals to the sword. Brian Masaba (97) was able to pick up from where the openers stopped as he anchored the rest of the innings with a fluent half-century.

In the chase, Henry Ssenyondo (5/20) claimed a fiver as Tornado Bee was not given a chance to even come close eventually bundled out for 99 in 29 overs. Mitch Horrocks (31) and Sohaib Eshan (25) were able to make some decent contributions with the bat for Tornado Bee.

The win was the second for Damani in the league as Tornado Bee continue to wait for their first win of the season.

The game between Kutchi Tigers and Patidar was postponed after the ground was in use by the golf fraternity for a private function.

Prepared by : Denis Musali 

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