Ugandan cricket keen to move on from 2017 horror

A n uncomfortable lull has settled over Uganda’s senior men cricket team. The Cricket Cranes are currently in Qatar figuring in only their second tour following last year’s astonishing relegation to the ICC World Cricket League Division Four.

The relegation was initially greeted in unsparing terms, but there has since been a sharp reversal in tone. Before departing for the tour, which will have stopovers in not just Qatar but also India, Cricket Cranes coach Steve Tikolo spoke candidly with local media. Tikolo said the preparations should be viewed more through the lens of an amplifier as opposed to clarifier. The Kenyan rang a slew of changes, with the pick seeing Davis Karashani, Arthur Kyobe and Lawrence Ssematimba overlooked.

While Karashani failed to extricate himself from academic duties at Makerere University where he is pursuing a Law degree, Kyobe and Ssematimba were in no uncertain terms deemed surplus to requirements. 
The trio’s absence has made for an increasingly feverish atmosphere in the sense that the spotlight has been put on the three crucial facets of captaincy, opening gambit and wicketkeeping.

If Zephaniah Arinaitwe attacks the new ball with the trademark aggression that continues to belie his teenage years, Kyobe’s epitaph will well and truly be authored. It will in all honesty be a tragic footnote for the left hander whose career has been dazzlingly complicated. And that is putting it mildly.

Not one to go gently in the fading of afternoon into evening, expect Kyobe to chime with renewed purpose regardless of how Arinaitwe fares on the slow wickets in Qatar and India. Kyobe is not one to cower easily and he will stake his pressing claim to relevance on everything and anything.

The Challengers opening bat doesn’t have to be at his zestful best to talk up his chances. Such is his belief; it often arouses a steely and unflappable temperament. However, like a double edged sword, the powerful strain of the belief can either be a source of happiness or unending frustration.

Mirroring the opening gambit is the question of the captaincy. The question wouldn’t arise at all but for a gruelling undergraduate degree programme at Makerere University’s School of Law. The programme has seen Karashani and the Cricket Cranes not gently bump against one other as much as clash. Owing to this, Karashani’s availability for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Malaysia rests on a cornerstone of conjecture.

New captain?
It’s not clear whether the erstwhile Cricket Cranes skipper will be writing his exams when the tournament occupies the backend of April and first week of May. If the two fail to meet each other halfway, then a new captain will have to be named.

Such an eventuality will leave Uganda heavily depleted. Not only would Karashani’s off break thrive on the slow Malaysian wickets, but also the player has over the years retooled his game by infusing his batting with dogged determination.

The 30-year-old’s captaincy — typified by aggressive field settings — will also be sorely missed. Roger Mukasa, who was named captain for the tour of Qatar and India, may be a gung-ho batsman, but his field settings are a tad too conservative.

It is hard to tell whether an approach that entails playing safe and letting opponents make mistakes will bring vast rewards for Uganda. For now, many Cricket Cranes fans’ preoccupation is with how the captaincy will affect Mukasa’s performance with the bat.

Elsewhere, with Ssematimba out of the picture, the burden of keeping wickets in Qatar and India will be shouldered by Naeem Bardai and youngster Fred Achelam. The glovework of both players is decent enough. While Bardai contributes more than Achelam with the bat, the former’s intermittent availability doesn’t stand him in good stead.

Achelam kept wickets as Uganda lost its first match of the bilateral series with Qatar Thursday. Mukasa complained about the weather being “too heavy” and “the ball...not travelling as it does back home.” Chasing 131 for victory in a T20 match, Mukasa and Arinaitwe brought up their 50 partnership well inside 10 overs, but Cricket Cranes lacked much-needed firepower after the two explosive openers departed.

This along with other problems (a knee injury picked up by Lloyd Paternott) means — the lull, or be it uncomfortable one, notwithstanding — it is pretty much a case of back to the future for the Cricket Cranes.

By Robert Madoi

KILEMBE SSS AND KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL QUALIFY FOR THE 2015 PEPSI GIRLS SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK TOURNAMENT FROM THE WESTREN REGION

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:

MATCH 1:
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

MATCH 2: 
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.

MATCH 3:
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

MATCH 4:
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

MATCH 5:
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL
Kyebambe girls 54/10 in 15 Overs beat Nyakasura School 39/10 by 15 runs at Nyakasura Ground.

MATCH 6:
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

MATCH 7:
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

MATCH 8:
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

MATCH 9:
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

MATCH 10:
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.

MATCH 11:
FINALS:

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



 

 

LET’S HELP UGANDANS TRAIN WITH UNNEEDED RUNNING SHOES

The southern Challenge is partnering with the Banks town Cricket Club to include used running shoes in their shipments to Uganda. The club has been sending containers full of sporting equipment and gear to Uganda since 2005.

Uganda a land locked country in East Africa, is one of the poorest in the world, as former British colony, it’s not surprising that the population speaks English and loves their cricket.

Donations from Australia have given opportunities to thousands of Ugandans, who would otherwise, be unable to participate in sports. In 2005, before donations from Australia began, there were fewer than 15,000 cricketers in Uganda. Official statistics provided to ICC in 2012, show that are now over 47,193 cricketers, and they attribute this rise almost entirely to the donated equipment from Bankstown.

When the Chief Executive Officer, of Uganda Cricket Association, Justine Ligyalingi visited Australia last month, and was told of the new drive planned for used running shoes, his excitement was palpable. "We have so many athletics, not just cricketers who need shoes, in any condition that this would make a huge difference. We simply don’t have the funds to make sure that every one has shoes for running, playing, or training. When asked about the effectiveness of this programme Justine said you don’t realize what a difference you are making in so many peoples lives".

And this is why the team at Sixty4 Southern Highlands Challenge are getting behind this drive, all what to do, is to donate any unwanted or old shoes, it’s that simple. How many pairs are under your stairs or in the wardrobe, that aren’t your favourite anymore or aren’t quite up to scratch for your running? Put them to good use by giving them to someone who can really use them.

Its worthy pointing out that this programme has now grown so much, that the last container shipped also had school uniforms and books enough to supply a number of schools. So it has grown beyond just a sport, The cost of shipping this equipment, is met by Bankstown Sports Club, typically $8000 to$10,000 per shipment, without their support, this generous programme, couldn’t exist.

We are collecting at various points between now and the race as well as collecting at the event 31st August. You can drop shoes at the 2Xu Store in Paddington, at the Sutherland to Surf the M7 Blacktown Marathon, other venues. If running clubs or groups wish to do their own collection, we will come and pick up your collections from you, from anywhere in Sydney region. Let us know how many bags of shoes you have collected and we will pick them from you.

 

So, have a chat amongst your running friends and club, arrange to bring in all your no longer needed shoe, collect them all up, and then ring us on 0408 487 092 (Brian) Or 0417 257 984(Marty)

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