Tikolo pleased with avalanche of match winners in Cricket Cranes squad

There were a few murmurs arising from coach Steve Tikolo’s final 14-man side that will represent hosts Uganda at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament from May 23-31.
Tikolo admitted the difficulty in sieving out the required numbers from a pool of 20. Of course, he had worked with nearly 40 players over the past eight months in a bid to find the perfect blend ahead of the nation’s first international engagement in 20 months.

The recent 4-0 whitewash over Kenya in the Easter Series left not only fans but also Tikolo a rather more pleased figure. “Our cricket has grown in leaps and bounds in the last eight months,” he noted.

The Kenyan legend stated the team’s greatest positive from the Series has been in strengthening the depth of the squad. “We played as a unit. It was not a one-man show,” Tikolo said while highlighting the variety of match winners against the eastern neighbours.

“Whichever player is asked to go out and do the job for the team, they put their hands. Previously, we used to depend on one or two players (Roger Mukasa and Arthur Kyobe) in the batting department. Right now, we have about six or seven players we can depend on.”

Tikolo is vindicated by the figures as Kamal Shahzad has grown to maintain a slot in the top order as backed up by his 107 runs off 114 balls in 4 innings against Kenya.

“Before we used to depend on Davis (Karashani), Frank (Nsubuga) and Charles Waiswa in the bowling department but that has changed too. There is good competition in the team so it ensures the guys will not sit on their laurels and think they have automatic slots.” Tikolo added.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo (7/79 & 2 maidens in 23 overs) and right-arm medium pacer Jonathan Ssebanja (5/83 & 19.3 overs) got bigger dividends than the trio in four matches against Kenya.

The final selection

Team Uganda
Davis Karashani (captain), Brian Masaba (vice-captain), Arthur Kyobe, Hamu Kayondo, Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Kamal Shahzad, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Deus Muhumuza, Jonathan Ssebanja, Irfan Sahibzada and Lawrence Ssematimba
Reserves
Naeem Bardai, Lloyd Paternott, Emmanuel Isaneez and David Wabwire

Best bastmen

East cricket series statistics
Roger Mukasa (111 off 140 in 4 innings)
Kamal Shahzad (107 off 114 in 4)
Arthur Kyobe (84 off 96 in 4)
Hamu Kayondo (74 off 129 in 4)
Emmanuel Isaneez (56 off 88 in 2)
Deus Muhumuza (53 off 64 in 2)
Derrick Bakunzi (49 off 69 in 1)

Best bowlers

East cricket series statistics
Henry Ssenyondo 
(7/79 & 2 maidens in 23 overs)
Jonathan Ssebanja 
(5/83 & 19.3 overs)
Davis Karashani 
(4/95 & 3 maidens in 29 overs)
Deus Muhumuza 
(3/27) in 7.4 overs)
David Wabwire 
(3/70 in 10 overs)
Roger Mukasa 
(2/3 & 2 maidens in 4 overs) 
Frank Nsubuga 
(2/39 & 3 maidens in 14 overs)

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Kololo SS ends Jinja’s Girls Cricket Week run

 Kololo Secondary School beat defending champions Jinja SS by seven wickets to end the latter’s three-year dominance as they won their maiden Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week title at Lugogo Oval on Tuesday.
Having lost out in the previous two finals to the same opposition, the Jackson Ogwang-tutored Kololo paid back the faith in front of a sizable partisan crowd with a scintillating display.
“After losing in the previous two finals, I knew things would be different this year,” ICC Level Two coach Ogwang told Daily Monitor as he held back his emotions. “Whatever you are seeing now is a result of three months of hard work.”

With six new kids on the block including Kalsum Rashidah, Ogwang is keen to watch his girls defend the title next year. “The new faces in our side will even be more experienced next year. And the fact that they can easily access Lugogo, we will be able to fill Patricia Munguryek’s void (senior six finalist) as we seek to defend our title.” he said.
However, Jinja coach Habibu Mugalula opined else. “I wouldn’t say we were beaten. “Our mistakes cost us the trophy. I know we shall be victors again next year,” said Mugalula.
Having defeated a greatly improved Kyebambe Girls’ side in the morning semi-final, Mugalula’s side relied on tournament MVP Damalie Busingye (36* off 51) and Claire Mushakamba (23 off 34) to set 92 for 3 in 20 overs.

The score would have been far from Kololo’s reach but sequential fumbling in the field put paid to Jinja’s chances. As Jinja continued to miss out on taking catches (seven) and run-outs (five), Kololo skipper Saidat Kemigisha, also tournament’s best batter, led by example with a steady knock of 26 off 41 balls. 
And when they needed 15 off 18, Munguryek’s, who was featuring in her last tournament, signed out on a high with a breezy 15-ball 14 including two boundaries that sealed the memorable victory with eight balls to spare.

PEPSI GIRLS CRICKET WEEK 
Results - Finals
Jinja SS 92/3 Kololo SS 93/3

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS
Player of Series: Damalie Busingye (Jinja SS) 153 runs
Best Batter: Saidat Kemigisha (Kololo SS) 217 runs in 7 innings
Best Bowler: Evelyn Anyipo (Olila HS) 14 wickets
Best Fielder: Aisha Kyeru (St. James SS) 9 dismissals
Best Wicket-keeper: Rebecca Mpumwire (Kyebambe) 4 dismissals

SELECTED BEST 16 PLAYERS KOLOLO SS: Saidat Kemigisha, Rashida Kalsum, Jane Francis Baluka, Sadick Shakira, Patricia Munguryek, Patricia Malmekia JINJA SS: Immaculate Nakisuyi, Damalie Busingye, Stephanie Nampiima OLILA HS: Everlyn Anyipo, Joyce Mary Apiyo KILEMBE SS: Julia Kalungi BUSOGA HS: Mary Akwi ST JAMES: Grace Nabasa MASAKA SS: Rachael Ntono KYEBAMBE: Rebecca Mpumwiire Coach: Grace Mutyagaba Team manaGER: Franklyn Najjumba

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Wanderers hit Tornado to keep title

Wanderers defeated Tornado by three wickets to clinch their second straight National Women’s 40-Over League title with 48 points at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.

“It’s amazing,” excited Wanderers’ skipper Kevin Apio told Daily Monitor upon sealing the crown. “We worked hard, had tough phases and this victory is worth celebrating,” she added.

There were worries that Wanderers, who had led throughout the season, were going to crumble at the eleventh hour after their lead at the summit was cut to two points following their two-wicket loss to hosts Jinja SS nine days ago.

And the title was too, in sight for second-placed Tornado (41) who had recruited Cricket Cranes’ Charles Waiswa’s sibling Betty Kalende for the decider. But all Wanderers’ worries were quickly settled once they claimed two early catches off bowlers Rebecca Akwenyu (4/8) and Julia Karungi (2/13) to dismiss Tornado’s openers Christine Aryemo and Justine Musubika.

Franklyn Najjumba rebuilt their momentum again with a 38-ball 26 knock and Kalende’s 8* off 15 helped Tornado to set 77 in 33.2 overs.

Once Wanderers’ opening pair of Apio and Rebecca Akwenyu put 25 runs on board for the first wicket, that onset was good enough to guarantee them a perfect reply.

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