Ssenyondo rallies batsmen as Uganda go 7-up

The fans have been gradually increasing in number to watch Uganda’s Tour to India matches here at the Mohanlal Desai Cricket Ground (Sanjay Farm) in South Gujarat, India.
Many of them have gone on to fall in love with the Cricket Cranes and support the coach Steve Tikolo-tutored outfit. Uganda have reciprocated the act by offering the natives as many autographs as per their wish.
But to many Indians, an autograph is not just a mere signature even if it’s from a budding cricket country’s national team player. It is equated to winning a million dollar jackpot in a casino.
And when Uganda wrapped their sixth win of the India Tour Series on Tuesday, the autograph-hunting locals told whoever cared to listen to them in the Ugandan camp that they (Cricket Cranes) would finally go down to highly-rated Bharuch District Cricket Association XI when the team met on the following day in a 40-over encounter.
Bharuch District C.A were the early birds in Chikhil Town having made a 150 kilometers road trip from the South Gujarat border to be in time for the 9.30am (7am Uganda time) pre-match toss yesterday.
Their captain Kayshap Prajapati swaggered into the middle for the toss with an aura of invincibility and when Uganda captain Roger Mukasa asked him to bat first, the former cut a posture of ‘thanks for playing into my hands’.
Prajapati (20 runs off 36 balls) returned to open the batting with Smith Patel (19 runs off 44 balls) played with assuredness as they reached 38 for no loss in 11.5 overs. 
But as they were planning to increase the scoring rate, Mukasa introduced his elder brother Frank Nsubuga, an off-spinner, into the attack.
Nsubuga (3 wickets for 8 runs in 7 overs) prized out both openers and Man of Match (MOM) Henry Ssenyondo (5 wickets for 6 runs in 5.3 overs) bowled exciting lines of deceit as the last nine wickets fell for 39 runs to leave the star-bolstered Bharuch C.A all out on 77 runs in only 31.3 overs.
Coach Tikolo’s plea to young openers Simon Ssesazi (13 runs off 23 balls) and Zephaniah Arinaitwe (6 runs off 11 balls) was that they chase down the set target without returning to the dug-out. 
But Arinaitwe was back for a quick shower at 21 for 1 in 3 overs and Ssesazi followed at 64 for 2 after 10.2 overs.

Yesterday’s results in Chikhil - 40 overs
Bharuch District C.A 77 runs all out in 31.3 overs lost to Uganda 80 runs for 5 wickets in 14.5 overs by five wickets with 151 balls remaining.
Man of Match: Henry Ssenyondo 
Today – 40-Over Match
Sterling Generators vs. Uganda

By Innocent Ndawula

Ligyalingi bows out as CEO

For nearly a decade, Justine Ligyalingi has been the face of Uganda’s cricket. He has seen it all. 
But on Monday, Ligyalingi officially resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).
“I have done two terms, that’s eight years and it’s time to move on,” Ligyalingi told this paper hours after his exit email streamed to the media.
He had held this position since 2010. Here, shaped the sport in thick and thin and was at the fore front of hosting different championships at the local, regional and international level.
Not to forget, Ligyalingi was a key figure in Uganda’s recent successes such as the 2011 ICC Africa Twenty20 Championship on home soil as well as the 2017 ICC Africa Women’s T20 tourney in Zimbabwe.
“Its given me lessons, requiring things to work with in real time, managing multiple complex stakeholders, but at the same time an experience that I am grateful about.”
“We have achieved together as a team. And I am very glad to leave at this stage where UCA is looking very bright and moving to a higher level. Cricket has made me what I am and I am happy to have served.” added the 47-year-old.
Ligyalingi, who had held the position of assistant general secretary of National Council of Sports (NCS) prior from 1998-2010, did not resign in email though. Ligyalingi, a wicket-keeper batsman back in his heyday, sent out a document advertising his former job, confirming keys decisions that came through from the recent UCA AGM.
The meeting agreed to find a new CEO, who will now administer the sport in a crucial spell where the senior men’s national team - the Cricket Cranes - is seeking promotion from the ICC World Cricket League Division Four.
Promotion from this tournament due April 28 - May 5 in Malaysia could enhance the support UCA receives in terms of grants from international body ICC.
But to become UCA CEO, one must have in-depth knowledge on the local game and international connections within the sport.
Daily Monitor understands that three individuals are candidates for the vacant job. 
They include Martin Ondeko, who has served as UCA Adminstration and Operations Officer since 2009.
“I haven’t heard about that yet,” Ondeko said when contacted about the job. “I haven’t decided yet (about applying).” the Nile Cricket Club batsman added.
Jacob Muddu, a player with Africa Cricket Club, is another in the race for the job as well as teammate Slyvester Rokani.
“Ha ha ha, I am a cricket lover, always be and will,” Muddu stated when asked about his interest for the job.
“It would be nice to serve cricket in any capacity, player (which I currently am) or manager.” the man who first learnt about the game at Busoga College Mwiri in 1996.

Familiar start for Kyobe as Challengers run amok in league

The flow of runs on Day One of the Jazz Safari Division I National Cricket League was evidence there was hunger for action by the players.
The league start which was arguably the most delayed witnessed nearly 500 runs as Challengers began their title quest with a commanding 218-run victory over Nile at Lugogo Oval on Sunday. 
It was a ruthless display from Challengers where their bowlers showed as much desire for the gentleman’s game as the hard-hitting batsmen.
The highlight of it all was Challengers’ opener Arthur Kyobe, who fashioned a familiar start to his season with a calculated ton of 108 runs.
“It’s a great way to start after all the hard work in the nets and gym,” said a smiling Kyobe.
“The wicket was tough to play on at the start but I slowly gelled in,” the former Tornado player said.
Since joining Challengers in 2014, Kyobe often starts the season with big knocks but eventually fades. He thinks things will be different.
“I pray I can balance the equation this season. National coach Steve Tikolo has really helped me and I maintain form until the World Cricket League Division Three event,” added the 28-year-old.
Donning a new black and light green kit with a new jersey number 225 - his highest career score, left-hander Kyobe struck 15 boundaries in his 127-ball innings that ended when he was caught by Ivan Baidhu off Samuel Mwanja (3/55) after 33.2 overs.
Regardless, he combined well with fellow opener Hamu Kayondo (88 off 95) to put up an opening stand of 206 runs. New signings Kamal Shahzad tightened the loose ends with 29-ball 43 whereas Irfan Afridi’s late quick-fire 50 off 22 helped Challengers set 354 runs. 
 Afridi (4/28), Henry Senyondo (2/20) and new boy David Wabwire (2/48) shared wickets for fun as Nile folded for 136 in 25 overs.
Meanwhile, Tornado began new life in the second tier with a close shave. Henry Okecho’s side pipped careless Strikers by 10 runs with 28 balls to spare at Kyambogo Oval. Strikers needed 70 runs to win with seven wickets in hand but they bottled it.

JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL LEAGUE

WEEKEND RESULTS
DIVISION ONE
Challengers 354/7 Nile 136/10
(Challengers won by 218 runs)
DIVISION TWO
Tornado 185/7 Strikers 175/10
(Tornado won by 10 runs)

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Ssenyondo, Nampiina, Apio shine as Tornado Bee is crowned

When new Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) chairman Bashir Ansasira cut a relaxed pose at Lugogo Oval on Saturday, it was not that comfortable as it appeared.

Deep down, Richard Mwami’s successor felt the then ongoing annual UCA Awards could have been better.

Well, understandable, the awards ceremony would have graced a hall with the fraternity in suits and dresses like previous editions. But those in the hierarchy noted that there wasn’t much time to organise a glamorous event following the recent transition and happenings in UCA.

That though did not take the shine away as Henry Ssenyondo and Stephanie Nampiina were named the Most Valuable Players (MVP) for the 2016 season.

Challengers’ left-arm orthodox spinner Ssenyondo beat rival 2015 MVP Roger Mukasa of Tornado Bee to scoop the top gong having accumulated 47 wickets at an economy of 3.06 runs in the Jazz Safari National Men’s Division One 50-Over League. 

“I feel happy and glad to have made it this far,” said Ssenyondo. To the contrary, his side lost the title to Tornado Bee but he hopes Challengers can push for the title.

“Hopefully we can go on and win this season. I pray I can maintain the form this year ahead of the World Cricket League Division III,” he said.

Mukasa was best batsman and fielder with 419 runs and 15 dismissals respectively. Arnold Otwani, who had four centuries, was named MVP in the men’s second tier with 735 runs, 14 wickets and six dismissals - backbone for Aziz Damani’s promotion. Jinja SS’ leg spinner Nampiina was best in the National Women’s Division One League after scoring 238 runs and picking 26 wickets last season. In the second division, Joyce Mary Apio only failed to take the best wicket-keeper (went to Premier’s Stella Kyabangi).

Olila’s Apio had six dismissals, 22 wickets and 178 runs to bag the best fielder, bowler, batter awards. The MVP honour inevitably headed her way too.

 

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Ansasira replaces Mwami as new cricket top honcho

Nile Cricket Club’s Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira was elected into office as Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) chairman in a hotly contested election at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo.

Badu garnered nine of 16 votes while his opponents Paul Luswata Nsibuka of Tornado and KICC’s Mukesh Shukla got seven and zero respectively.

There was pre-election controversy over who was supposed to vote on behalf of KICC and whether the constitution was flouted by the late inclusion of Mukesh on the ballot. This prompted outgoing chairman Richard Mwami to swing his powerful willow into action by ‘throwing’ KICC out of the elective assembly till they resolve their in-house issues.

Mwami’s actions were however supported by the constitution that calls for clubs to offer their delegates and also gives a provision for nominations in the assembly as seen below.

Though KICC returned with Shukla and Hanumant Katkar as their delegates, there was no doubt when the former polled no vote that the Dr Sudhir Ruparelia-led club had hatched up a plan to swing the vote, which could have ended in a loathed draw. This development caught the assembly off guard given some Mukesh posters been littered in Sun Lounge room of Mukesh prior to the meeting. But there were no prizes for guessing whom they had voted when they celebrated Badu’s victory louder than anyone else.

“We are ready to take responsibility of our duties and actions. We shall bring peace in cricket through high levels of transparency,” Badu promised in his victory speech reading right through the mood of an assembly that gave their auditor George Ndiko a tough time consequently declining to return him for another term.

Incumbent Jeremy Kibuukamusoke was a lightweight for Eric Kamara, who outmuscled him 12 to 4 votes in the race for secretary. Ansasira and Kamara are scheduled to appoint the heads of the different serving committees including but not restricted to finance, technical, games, disciplinary and marketing, among others.

HOW THEY VOTED 
CHAIRMAN
Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira: 9
Paul Nsibuuka Luswata: 7 
Mukesh Shukla: 0
SECRETARY
Eric Kamara: 12 
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke: 4
Board Members
Mary Nanderenga Makumbi - Women Representative 
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke -Tornado B
Paul Kaheru - Africa
Premal Yagnik - Premier
Paul Nsibuka Luswata -Tornado
Emmanuel Tibagye - JACC
Mukesh Shukla - KICC

RULE OF LAW 
Any two members of an affiliated Club may propose candidates to take up offices by notice in writing to the Secretary at least seven days before the date of the meeting, and the Secretary shall forthwith post the same in the Association premises, with the exception that further nominations to offices can be made on the floor at the time of election, subject to the different Club’s rights created herein.

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & MAKHTUM MUZIRANSA

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Close contest as UCA go to polls

Mukesh Shukla’s 11th hour inclusion onto the coveted list of candidates to take-over as chairman of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has had tongues wagging in the fraternity.

An earlier deadline of February 10 had ruled out the former vice chairman but after his club Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) ‘nominated’ him, the businessman took advantage of the ‘non-binding deadline’ ahead of the elective assembly due tomorrow at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo.

Shukla’s late entry raised the number of contestants to the top job to three with Nile’s Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira and Tornado’s Paul Luswata Nsibuuka already in the fray whereas Eric Kamara (Wanderers) and incumbent Jeremy Kibuukamusoke (Tornado Bee) are vying for UCA secretary.

After complying with the National Council of Sports (NCS) sports regulations of 2014, UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi revealed that other posts have been quashed and the mandate will be with the new chairman to appoint working committee heads including but not restricted to Finance, Disciplinary, Marketing and Games.

Outgoing chairman Richard Mwami, despite being eligible for another term, says he will not be standing pushing each camp to seize the occasion. 
“It is about bringing fundamental change and not just a change of guards,” said Shukla, also the vice chairman of NRM Entrepreneurs League in Kampala Central.

“There is also a basic area of concern which is financial transparency. We also have one ground and yet we should be with five from the strategic planning I did as vice chairman in 2009 under Dr Kato Sebbaale.”

But for Alvin Bagaya, who is from Ansasira’s camp, it is about giving the power of elections back to the people. “Many things have happened the wrong way lately,” said Bagaya.

“But if Badu is elected then it will be all systems go again. His plan is not out this world and if you have read his manifesto, it is very practical. His passion for the game is also unrivalled and the electorate seems to favour our candidate.”

Robert Kisubi, who is the campaigning manager of Nsibuuka, however believes many of the younger guys are rushing to takeover and advises that they should wait for their time.

“Our club always votes for the best candidate who is by a coincidence a Tornado this year,” said Kisubi. 
“He understands the game well, captained Uganda and is from a cricketing family of the Luswatas. From his world as a banker to financial consultant, Nsibuuka’s corporate governance will be key. He is his own man, the ambassador our game needs.”

Candidates for chairman
Ansasira ‘Badu’ Bashir - Nile CC, 
Paul Luswata Nsibuuka – Tornaddo
Mukesh Shukla – KICC

Candidates for secretary
Eric Kamara – Wanderers
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke – Tornado Bee
* Each of the 8 voting clubs will have a board member

By Innocent Ndawula

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home sports cricket Uganda Select show little heart as Takashinga remain unbeaten

Takashinga are not untouchable. The Zimbabweans have chinks in their armour as exposed by the Kenya and Ugandan sides over the past three days in the ongoing Uganda Quadrangular Series.

The latest of their scares was provided by Brian Masaba’s Uganda Select side that bowled them out for 196 runs in 37.4 overs only for them to bounce back with the ball enroute to comfortably emerging victorious by 104 runs.
While reeling at 30 for 4 in 12 overs, Takashinga once again got out of jail thanks to the experience of Zimbabwe internationals Shingirai Winston Masakadza and Tymcen Maruma who were solid in a fourth-wicket tandem partnership of 105 runs that came off at a healthy rate of 6.5 per over.
Masakadza, in particular, was brutal in his knock of 69 off 61 with a flurry of boundaries and four sixes whereas Maruma redefined the phrase ‘controlled aggression’ in his beautiful half-century knock of 52 off 69 balls.
Despite not batting their quota of overs, Takashinga capitalised on that stand to set 196 in 37.4 overs – a total that proved out of reach for the Ugandans (92 all out) at the end of the day.
“They are a good side,” Takashinga coach Eric Chauluka said about coach Michael Ndiko’s troops. “They put us under pressure with the early wickets but paid the price of not grafting singles and instead opting to unwisely go for boundaries.”
Masaba blamed his troops for not coming to the party on a day they should have won. “It is still a learning curve for us,” admitted the bowling all-rounder. “I thought the guys bowled well upfront. But we didn’t bat with heart. We need to show that we can get ourselves out of trouble situations.”

Stay in the picture
Meanwhile, Davis Karashani and his Uganda XI men will take a deserved break today after another clinical show that earned them a 213-run win against Kenya XI at Kyambogo Oval.
The result means Uganda XI have two wins from three games and must beat their ‘nemesis’ Takashinga on Thursday at the same oval. Roger Mukasa fell two runs short of a crafty century at 98 off 77 balls on the last ball of the innings. Prior opener Hamu Kayondo (55 off 66), Shahzad Kamal (37 off 41) and later Lawrence Ssempijja (25*) were among the runs as Uganda sent 267 for 6 in a match that was reduced to 44 overs due to a rain interruption.
Kenya folded meekly for 54 with Aman Ghandi top scoring with 18 off 27 balls thanks to the superb bowling spells of Karashani (3 for 8 in 6 overs), Henry Ssenyondo (3 for 22 in 8) and Charles Waiswa (2 for 7 in 7).

QUADRANGULAR SERIES
Yesterday’s results
Takashinga 196/10 Uganda Select 92/10
Takashinga won by 104 runs
Uganda XI 267/6 Kenya XI 54/10
Uganda XI won by 213 runs
Today: Rest Day
Tomorrow’s fixtures – 10am
Uganda XI vs. Takashinga (Kyambogo)
Uganda Select vs. Kenya XI (Lugogo)

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Drama-filled weekend for title chasers as Challengers stay top

One game was done before lunch in Kyambogo. Then ACC got 165 thanks to a swashbuckling 19-ball 52 from Robert Okot but it was Aziz Damani, who without having to bat, that were awarded victory at the King’s College Budo Oval. 
ACC’s crime? They took to the field for the second innings with less than nine players in matching jerseys.

In Lugogo, relegation-threatened Tornado almost pulled off a heist chasing 260 for victory against Patidar Samaj but bad-light put paid to any of their hopes.

Such was the intensity with which all games were played on Sunday, cricket lovers were left wishing they could catch all of the National Men’s Cricket League action.
Henry Ssenyondo single-handedly ensured that Challengers (48) remain atop the table with at least a 10-point cushion. The left-arm orthodox spinner prized out eight wickets as Wanderers collapsed for 73 runs.

Arthur Kyobe (35 off 24) and Mohammed Aneef (29 off 20) were unbeaten and brutal in the chase as Challengers sealed their eighth win of the season at Kyambogo.

At Lugogo, John Gabula (87 off 113) and Richard Okia (41 off 59) almost made Patidar pay for their clumsy fielding in the chase of 260 and the latter will have the umpires (Grace Mutyagaba and Michael Okoth) to thank for having extended time of play and forthwith helping them over the victory tape.

But the mother-of-all clashes was at the lakeside oval in Entebbe where a tense but low-scoring spectacle was played out between title hopefuls Nile and defending champions Tornado Bee. “We were lucky not to lose,” said Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke. “We still have a game in hand but more work to do.” 
Due to the closure of Kampala-Entebbe highway, Nile and, umpires Paul Okecho and James Bamulese arrived late. The morning showers further reduced the game to 33 overs. Simon Ayella (2/11) and Ivan Kakande (3/18) restricted Tornado Bee to 91 runs in 29.5 overs. Nile batsmen, too, caved in to Deus Muhumuza (2/5), Roger Mukasa (2/19) and Davis Karashani (3/18) but their captain David Musoke (40 off 88) stayed firm.

He stuck in with last man Alvin Bagaya, needing five runs to win off Charles Waiswa’s (2/21) final over. Musoke flicked Waiswa to tie but Waiswa got Musoke caught behind, two balls later, for a fascinating tie.

RESULTS - DIV. I 
Patidar 259/9 [249] Tornado 238/9 
Wanderers 73/10 Challengers 77/0 
Tornado Bee 91/10 Nile 91/10 
DIVISION TWO
ACC 165/10 Damani DNB
* Match awarded to Damani
SKLPS 350/10 Mwiri CC 119/10 
DIVISION THREE
Avengers 123/10 K’la Pirates 125/5
Strikers 228/10 JACC 60/10

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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