PROMOTION PLACES AT STAKE AS ACC TAKE ON AVENGERS IN DIVISION 2 ACTION

ACC has come close to promotion in the past seasons and this year they might lie in 4th place but they have an outside chance of finishing second only if they can go past Avengers.

Avengers who are in second place are the favorites with an 11 point difference between them and ACC.

Avengers who joined the league in 2016 have the ascendence to gain promotion and as long as they can all their remaining games they will be able to go up with Ceylon Lions.

The battle for promotion will go down at Kings College Budo cricket oval and the winner will be guaranteed a shot at promotion.

If ACC loses this encounter they will virtually be out of the race for promotion so they cannot afford slip-ups. They will be hoping that their old guns Micheal Kintu, Amos Kyazze, and Emma Odeng can guide the youngsters to deliver a result they need.

Avengers have the potent of Harsh Panchal the leading wicket-taker in Division 2 with 27 scalps, he will be tasked with finding those early breakthroughs to make sure they limit ACC to a small total.

The weather has been very unpredictable this year and the first round encounter between these two was washed out, they will, therefore, be praying for good weather or even taking the field 1st when you win the toss to try and play a long game.

Records galore for Uganda at Kwibuka Women Tourney

By ESPNcricinfo

IN SUMMARY

Cricket. Captain Rita Musamali finished unbeaten on 103 off 61 whereas Alako was dismissed for 116 off 71 off the penultimate ball of innings as Uganda tore into the record books with a total of 314 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs against West African side Mali

Mali women’s miserable run in the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament 2019 continued for a third straight day, as they sank to a record 304-run defeat against Uganda’s Lady Cricket Cranes yesterday.
Mali had already set a world record for the lowest ever total on Tuesday, having been bowled out for 6 against Rwanda.
Their 10 all out came after Uganda had racked up a massive 314 for 2 after choosing to bat first - the highest total in all T20Is - men or women.
Opener Proscovia Alako and captain Rita Musamali both hit centuries for Uganda, the first time two centuries had been hit in the same innings of a women’s T20I. Alako made 116 off 71, and was run out off the penultimate delivery of the innings. Musamali stayed not out on 103 off 61, having shared a 227-run stand with Alako for the second wicket off 14.1 overs. Alako took the Player of the Match award.

Solo wicket
Oumou Sow bowled three overs, conceding 82 runs. Mali’s only wicket taker was Aicha Kone, who bowled Immaculate Nakisuuyi (34 off 18) in the sixth over, by when Uganda had already reached 82. Tenin Konate gave away only 32 runs in her four overs, the only bowler with an economy rate under 10. Mali bowled 61 extras, with 30 no-balls and 28 wides.
No Mali batsman made more than 4, with six falling for ducks. Their innings was wrapped up in 11.1 overs, with Mildred Anyigo’s 3 for 1 being the best figures. With a double round-robin league format, Mali will have to play each of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda over the next three days.

Records broken in the match:
*Highest total in women’s T20Is, beating England women’s 250 for 3 against South Africa women exactly a year ago.

*The 227-run stand between Musamali and Alako is the highest for any wicket in women’s T20Is. The previous best was 182 put on by Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine against South Africa women , exactly a year ago. [South Africa women played two T20Is on the same day in Taunton on June 20, 2018]

*The margin of victory (304 runs) is the highest ever by a distance. The previous best in women’s T20Is was when UAE women beat China women by 189 runs in January.

*Mali have the three lowest totals in women’s T20Is, having incredibly achieved those on three consecutive days.

The 61 extras Mali gave up are the third most in women’s T20Is.

*The 82 runs Oumou Sow conceded are the most ever for Women’s T20Is. The most ever conceded in men’s cricket is 81 (in four overs) by Sarmad Anwar in a domestic match in Pakistan.

Additional reporting by Innocent Ndawula

Lady Cricket Cranes Etch Into History Books But Tanzania In Control At Kwibuka

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women T20 Tournament

Thursday Results

Uganda 314/2 Mali 10/10

Uganda won by 304 runs

Tanzania 105/7 Rwanda 91/8

Tanzania won by 14 runs

Friday Fixtures - Gahanga

10.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali

2.50pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Uganda’s Lady Cricket Cranes laid down a marker with a flurry of records enroute to scripting a magnimous 304-run defeat over Mali at the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament on Day Three.

The beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium was the venue where all the action was witnessed. Mali had already set a world record for the lowest ever total on Tuesday, having been bowled out for 6 against Rwanda. And Uganda showed their ‘intention to kill’ when captain Rita Musamali won the toss and elected to bat first on the day.

Big hitting Immaculate Nakisuuyi (R) opened the batting with Alako. She scored 34 off 18 balls before getting clean bowled.

Runs galore 

Opener Proscovia Alako and captain Musamali both hit centuries for Uganda, the first time two centuries had been hit in the same innings of a women's Twenty20 International. Alako made 116 off 71 (15 boundaries), and was run out off the penultimate delivery of the innings. Musamali stayed not out on 103 off 61 (15 boundaries), having shared a 227-run stand with Alako for the second wicket off 14.1 overs. The umpires of the day deservedly adjudging Alako as the Player of the Match.

Solo wicket

Oumou Sow bowled three overs, conceding 82 runs. Mali's only wicket taker was Aicha Kone, who bowled Immaculate Nakisuuyi (34 off 18), who played in an opener’s role for the first time in her career, in the sixth over. But the Lady Cricket Cranes had already reached 82 by then. Tenin Konate gave away only 32 runs in her four overs, the only bowler with an economy rate under 10 but Mali bowled 61 extras, with as many as 30 no-balls and 28 wides.

No Mali batsman made more than 4, with six falling for ducks. Their innings was wrapped up in 11.1 overs, with Mildred Anyigo's 3 for 1 being the best figures. In the end, Mali’s 10 all out coming through after Uganda had set a rapid 314 for 2 - the highest total in all T20Is - men or women.

Mali continued their tough initiation onto the international stage - scoring 10 all out after Uganda had set 314 for 2

Tanzania in charge

But it is still Tanzania coach Hamisi Abdallah’s girls still in charge after they deafeat hosts Rwanda by 14 runs to maintain their 100 per cent run and third successive victory. Tanzania set 105 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs, but that proved just enough as Rwanda could only limp to 91 for 8 but the time the umpires called it a day.

The loss hurt for the hosts because it was their second successive loss after going down to Uganda by 30 runs on Day Two. They must now make amends when they engage Mali as Round Two bowls off in earnest on Friday. For Uganda, they will want to draw level and make amends for their opening day loss to Tanzania when they face off again in the afternoon. The tournament has T20I status and the nation with the most points at the end of it all on Sunday evening will be declared champions.

Uganda's Lady Cricket Cranes walk off after their record-breaking win against Mali at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium.

List of records broken in the match:

*Highest total in women's T20Is, beating England women's 250 for 3 against South Africa women exactly a year ago.

*The 227-run stand between Musamali and Alako is the highest for any wicket in women's T20Is. The previous best was 182 put on by Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine against South Africa women , exactly a year ago. [South Africa women played two T20Is on the same day in Taunton on June 20, 2018]

*The margin of victory (304 runs) is the highest ever by a distance. The previous best in women's T20Is was when UAE women beat China women by 189 runs in January.

*Mali have the three lowest totals in women's T20Is, having incredibly achieved those on three consecutive days.

*The 61 extras Mali gave up are the third most in women's T20Is.

*The 82 runs Oumou Sow conceded are the most ever for Women's T20Is. The most ever conceded in men's cricket is 81 (in four overs) by Sarmad Anwar in a domestic match in Pakistan.

Additional reporting by ESPNCricinfo

All To Play For At Kwibuka As Lady Cricket Cranes Eye Ranking Points

By Innocent Ndawula

The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) gave its partisan fraternity a glimpse into the future by sending out a new-look, young, talented and energetic senior national women’s side – The Lady Cricket Cranes for the sixth edition of the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Women’s T20 Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.

Uganda’s side is without doubt an exciting mix; a reward to the six outstanding players that stood out in the Girls Cricket Week (GCW) in May and eight of the seasoned campaigners that are fresh from International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe that are looked at as a unit that will form the core of the Lady Cricket Cranes side for a long time in future.

Like the Victoria Tri-Series held in Uganda, this tournament, to be played at the beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, will have full Twenty20 International status as it will feature national sides as per ICC’s mandate to have all T20 games featuring nations attain that ranking.

The Lady Cricket Cranes side to Kigali has no less than seven players from the highly-rated Soroti Cricket Academy stable.

Defending champions and three-time winners Kenya have bowed out at 11th hour due to financial constraints whereas Zambia never confirmed when first contacted but the tournament will not be mourning their absence with two debutants – Mali from West Africa & Tanzania from East Africa – in the fold.

Second bite at cherry 

Lively all-rounder Rita Musamali of Aziz Damani gets a second bite at the cherry as captain of the side for the nine-day event that runs from June 16th to 24 in Kigali to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over one million lives in 100 days. In the absence of seniors; Franklyn Najjumba, Consy Aweko, Janet Mbabazi, Kevin Awino, Naomi Kayondo and Rachael Ntono, who were ‘ignored’ by the selectors in the favour of using the meet as an initiation ground for a new breed of players to kick-start their international careers, captain Musamali will look to club-mates Immaculate Nakisuyi, also the vice-captain and Stephanie Nampiina when the going gets tough.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko will continue his gelling process with the side and he will be ably assisted by Ivan Kakande, fresh from coaching stint in Sri Lanka. Eight of the players on tour are from the Soroti Cricket Academy (SCA) stable whose head coach is Kakande. Four are actually from Olila High School won scooped their maiden GCW title after edging their friendly-foes Light SS of Soroti by six runs in the epic final played at Lugogo Oval on May 2.

“The selection of several youngsters is to look at the nearby future, two years to be specific, since that is the period when we expect the next Women World Cup Qualifiers to take place. We want to be ready by then. The more experienced players are still in our sights but the younger ones need more game time and guidance hence their domination of this time round,” said coach Ndiko.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko and Ivan Kakande's Lady Cricket Cranes side will be looking to win only their third Kwibuka title. The tournament was initiated by the Rwanda Cricket Association in 2014.

The Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Tournament will be played on a two round-robin format with each country facing each other twice. The team with most points will be crowned 2019 champions.

CAST OF KWIBUKA T20 CHAMPIONS
2018: Kenya

2017: Kenya

2016: Uganda

2015: Kenya

2014: Uganda

ITINERARY FOR KWIBUKA CRICKET FOR PEACE WOMEN’S T20 TOURNAMENT
June 16: Arrival of Teams
June 17: Visit to Memorial Site, Training, Captains’ & Managers’ Meeting
June 18-23: Match Days
June 24: Team Departures

TOURNAMENT FIXTURES
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
9.30am: Tanzania vs. Uganda
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Mali 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda                                                                                                                                                                             

Thursday, June 20, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

Friday, June 21, 2019
9.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda

Sunday, June 23, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania 
NB: All Games Will Be Played At Gahanga International Cricket Stadium

UGANDA LADY CRICKET CRANES SQUAD
The Players
Rita Musamali (Capt) - Aziz Damani, Immaculate Nakisuyi (V. Capt) – Aziz Damani, Damalie Busingye - Olila High, Joyce Mary Apio – Olila High, Stephanie Nampiina – Aziz Damani, Maria Kagoya Nyende – Aziz Damani, Evelyn Ayipo – Soroti Challengers, Sarah Walaza – Jinja SSS, Esther Iluko – Olila HS, Proscovia Alako – Olila HS, Mildred Anyigo – Olila HS, Susan Kakai – Jinja SSS, Gloria Obukor – Olila HS, Christine Anayo – Light SSS, Soroti
The Reserves
Shubaiker Naigaga – Jinja SSS & Janet Nakiranda – Victoria HS
The Officials
Coach: Michael Grace Ndiko Assistant Coach: Ivan Kakande Physiotherapist: Habiba Kulsum Anguyo Manager: Lwiza Nabulwala

Day Two - Uganda Outclass Rwanda In Clinical Fashion, Perfect Pair For Tanzania At Kwibuka T20 In Gahanga

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women's Twenty20 Tournament
Results - Wednesday, June 19

Game Three

Mali 11/10 (Oumou Sow 3; Nunu Omary Tindo 3/1 in 3.3 overs, Tabu Said Omary 3/3 in 3 overs) lost to Tanzania 14/0 (Monica Pascal 11*; Tenin Konata 0/14 in 0.4 overs) by 10 wickets

Game Four

Uganda 91/6 (Esther Iloku 31*, Damalie Busingye 28; Diane Marie Bimenyimana 2/19 in 4 overs, Margueritte Vumuliya 1/6 in 4 overs) beat Rwanda 61/10 (Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu 13, Margueritte Vumuliya 11; Stephanie Nampiina 3/17 in 4 overs, Mildred Anyigo 2/5 in 2.5 overs) by 30 runs

Fixtures - Thursday, June 20

10.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 

2.50pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

The sixth edition of the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament came alive on Day Two at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium in Rwanda. Mali’s tough initiation to the big stage continued as they suffered another 10-wicket annihilation to Tanzania but Uganda managed to get their campaign off the mark in clinical fashion with 30-run win over hosts Rwanda.

Uganda captain Rita Musamali (R) and Rwanda's Sarah Uwera (2nd L) alongside umpires Vicky Prajapati (2nd R) and Jackson Nzayisenga (L) at the pre-match toss at Gahanga International Stadium.

Two in two for Tanzania

Batting first, Mali played out a whole 15.3 overs but could unfortunately muster only 11 runs. Unlike against Rwanda on the opening day, there weren’t 10 ducks this time round as three of the West Africa nation’s batters got the scoreboard ticking.

Oumou Sow played out 20 balls for her three runs, Aissata Sangare (2 off 22) and Mariam Samake (1 off 7) got the monkey off their backs but Mali were still left at crossroads by Nunu Omary Tindo (3/1 in 3.3 overs) and Tabu Said Omary (3/3 in 3 overs).

And like in the match of records on Day One, it took Tanzania just four balls to cross the finishing line with Monica Pascal (11*) hitting two boundaries in her three-ball cameo off the bowling off Tenin Konata, who ended with expensive figures of 0/14 in 0.4 overs.

Such was Mali’s progression from 6 all-out to 11 all-out, they will be looking to pick quick lessons and continue their learning curve for the rest of the tournament.

Uganda coaches Ivan Kakande (L) and Michael Grace Ndiko (R) were not shy to ring the changes as they brought in three debutants that helped the Lady Cricket Cranes get off the mark.

Uganda fightback

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko rang the changes and duly got the response as the Lady Cricket Cranes rallied from a painful five-runs loss to Tanzania on the opening day to defeat Rwanda on Day Two.

Vice-captain Immaculate Nakisuuyi, opening bowler Evelyne Anyipo and wicket-keeper Maria Kagoya were rested by coaches Ndiko and Ivan Kakande.

But their stern action of ‘benching the senior players’ were justified when debutants Gloria Obukour, Mildred Anyigo and Christine Anayo punched their weight and helped Uganda, who are eyeing only their third title since the tourney’s initiation in 2014, to get their first triumph.

Obukour fell for four runs off four balls and bowled two overs for one run including a maiden, Anyigo was fiery with new ball registering figures of 2 for 5 in 2.3 overs - snaring the last wicket during Rwanda’s vain chase in the process and Anayo showed her all-round abilities (1* & 0/8 in 2 overs) to help swing the game in Uganda’s favour.

After scoring six all out against Rwanda, debutants Mali showed some little improvement as they managed 11 all out in 15.3 overs this time round.

Iloku moment

But none of the three debutants scooped the Player of the Match award. It was, however, one of their own from the Soroti Cricket Academy stable – Esther Iluko – that notched the honours.

After scoring 36 runs on her Twenty20 International debut against Tanzania, Iluko garnered an unbeaten 31 off 35 balls, ably supporting opening Damalie Busingye (28 off 42), to help Uganda set 91 for 6 in 20 overs.  Iluko also expertly kept wickets on the day.

Rwanda, who featured in a 10-wicket record-win over Mali on Day One, never got going as they were quickly stifled at 8 for 5 in 7.4 overs. Wickets continued to tumble thanks to leg-spinner Stephanie Nampiina (3/17 in 4 overs) and Susan Kakai (1/10 in 3 over), and it was only Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu (13) and Margueritte Vumuliya (11) that reached double figures.

Uganda's captain Rita Musamali plays the slog sweep shot in her brief innings as she looked to up the scoring rate for her side in the first innings.

Uganda will be anxious to continue the ruthless winning mode against Mali in their third fixture. The tournament is played on a two-round robin basis thus the nation with most points at the end will be champions, and has International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 International ranking status.

Uganda eyes winning start at Africa T20

Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) and partners Cricket Uganda have spent nearly a fortnight rallying fans to attend the ICC Africa Men’s Twenty20 Finals.
 But owing to the experience picked from the country’s strange bizarre show at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament here two years ago, many a fanatic will descend to the Lugogo Oval for the tournament bowl-off with lots of caution and less optimism.
 UCA, players and coaches of the Cricket Cranes have consistently promised a recovery from the 2017 slump by making the top two coveted positions at this week-long showpiece.

 Now coach Steve Tikolo’s charges must walk the talk when they cross the Lugogo oval ropefor the first time in front of their own faithful since then to face neighbours Kenya this afternoon.
 In 2017, Uganda lost its opener to Canada by 66 runs and the country’s candle never lit up again.
 Hence skipper Roger Mukasa knows the magnitude of the duel that is akin to the Migingo island case or Elgon Cup rugby contest.
 “A win here gives us the tone for the tournament,” Mukasa told Sunday Monitor early this week.

 “We want to have a very good start and then take it game and by game,” said the top-order batsman.
 From the 2017 unit, there are only eight survivors and the new faces are keen on making home advantage count.
 “This is my first tournament in front of fans and I would love to give them something worthy,” stated Riazat Ali Shah, the reigning Cricketer of the Year.
With Bilal Hassun and Irfan Afridi out, the expectations from Ali are high with ball especiallyin a bid to counter Kenya’s strong batting unit.

“Kenya has strong batsmen and so we must field really well,” noted Mukasa. Either experienced left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa or Ali with be handed the new white ball.
Veteran Frank Nsubuga and left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo are guaranteed four spin overs each while Deus Muhumuza’s medium pace is awaited to challenge Kenya’s top-order of Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel.
Uganda’s Achilles heel however remains with the bat. And Mukasa is obliged to quicklymentor the exuberant youngster Zephaniah Arinaitwe who could be thrown at the deep end to open the innings with Hamu Kayondo.

Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani and Ali must delay the lower order from wearing the batting pads if Uganda is to register fourth win against Kenya in eight T20 outings since 2011.
Before this match at Lugogo, tournament favourites Namibia will hope they display the mark of an ODI nation when they take on Botswana. 
The word ‘jollof’ will find its way into the sledging as Nigeria starts it campaign against Ghana at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

 UGANDA’S PROBABLE XI: Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Hamu Kayondo, Roger Mukasa (Captain), Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani, Riazat Ali, Fred Achelam (Wicket-keeper), Deus Muhumuza, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo

 

UGANDA VS. KENYA

PREVIOUS T20 MEETINGS
2018 ICC EASTERN AFRICA QUALIFIER
July 14, 2018: Kenya 188/5 Uganda 189/3
(Uganda won by 7 wickets)
July 7, 2018: Uganda 240/3 Kenya 241/6
(Kenya won by 6 wickets)

2015 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
Mar 28, 2015: Uganda 81/10 Kenya 82/2
(Kenya won by 8 wickets)

2013 ICC AFRICA DIVISION ONE
Mar 1, 2013: Kenya 156/5 Uganda 137/10
(Kenya won by 19 runs)
Feb 23, 2013: Uganda 142/6 Kenya 112/7
(Uganda won by 30 runs)

2012 ICC GLOBAL QUALIFIER
Mar 20, 2012: Kenya 167/3 Uganda 119/8
(Kenya won by 48 runs)

2011 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
July 11, 2011: Uganda 177/0 Kenya 102/10
(Uganda won by 75 runs)

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Arinaitwe, Akankwasa relish learning chance at ICC High Performance Camp

At the turn of November, Uganda’s cricket walked on egg shells after the nation was stabbed in cold blood, breathing to last place at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Oman.

With the changing ICC Associate nations’ cycle in line with the ODI World Cup, the Cricket Cranes set-up as well ought to revolve from the long-serving old guards to the new guns. To match that, Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko last month received an invitation for U-19 pair of Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Frank Akankwasa to feature at the ICC High Performance camp in Potchestroom, North West, South Africa from January 14 - February 20.
Having beaten the visa hitches to the Rainbow Nation, Arinaitwe and Akankwasa depart tonight for the priceless experience with other selected talents from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Botswana for the month’s camp.

“They have been rewarded for performing consistently over the last 18 months and we would like to further develop them,” read part of the letter by ICC Africa’s Kuben Pillay.
Primed to be the country’s batting lynch-pin, Arinaitwe was thrilled by the selection. “I earned this call through my hard work. I did my job. scoring runs over the last months,” said a smiling Arinaitwe prior to departure. “I plan to learn a lot of things and I want to prove to them that I can do what I have learnt. I target to score as many tons, if there are matches to play,” added the 17-year-old.

He is in familiar company of Akankwasa. “I hope to learn many things especially my confidence and polish my skills especially batting,” stated the all-rounder. 
Akankwasa is captain of the Baby Cricket Cranes who have already started preparing for ICC U-19 Africa World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March this year in Nambia.

AFRICA ACADEMY 2019
Uganda Players: 
Frank Akankwasa, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, 
Participating Countries: 
Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, 
Mozambique, Botswana and Uganda.

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inja SSS pursue title defence at star-lit Schools Cricket Week

It is now six years since a side defended the Uganda Cricket Association-organised Boys Schools’ Cricket Week tournament.
Kololo Secondary School is the last team to win back-to-back titles when they did a sweep between 2007-3013 bar 2009 when nemesis Busoga College Mwiri.

Since, the trophy has rotated between Mukono Parents, Mwiri and Kololo before Jinja Secondary School won it last year.
One forever stand-out pillar in Jinja SSS’ cricket is coach Habibu Mugalula. He has served the game diligently at that institution, making the girls’ side a powerhouse in the national league and schools’ cricket.

Last year, Mugalula ended Jinja’s 15-year wait for a Boys’ Week gong after they beat Mwiri by six wickets with 68 balls remaining in the final.

The plan is to defend the title, some Jinja failed to do in 2003. “We shall try play, compete and take it game by game,” Mugalula told Sunday Monitor before teams assembled at Makerere College for the 2018 edition yesterday. “Of course, respect for opponents is paramount on my side but it’s my dream to defend it,” he said.

Mugalula is banking on three star players Cosmas Kyewuta, Acram Nsubuga and Isaac Ssekatawa who is recovering fast from a nasty accident. But Perry Wazombe, who was Jinja’s best player last year with the MVP honour comprising 303 runs with best score of 105, 10 wickets and 6 fielding dismissals, crossed to rival team Mwiri this year.

However, during the Eastern Region Qualifiers, Jinja ably chased a target of 117 runs in 13.3 overs to beat Mwiri and win the tournament unbeaten.

But Jinja must not rest on its laurels as the Emmanuel Isaneez and Daniel Batuwa-tutored Mwiri is filled with U-19 talent like Trevor Bukenya, Wazombe, Ramathan Ochimi, Ronald Opio and Ashraf Senkubuge who was the best wicket-keeper with 12 dismissals last year.

It is going to be quite a star-lit showpiece with in-form batsman Zephaniah Arinaitwe featuring for Mukono’s St. John’s High School.

The draws were set to be conducted last evening at Lugogo.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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