Challengers sting Tornado Bee in Entebbe

They may have survived the relegation monster last year but Challengers Cricket Club are now showing all signs of potential National Men’s Division One 50-Over League title contenders.
Having suffered a painful 117-run loss to KICC two weeks back, Challengers showed character by dusting themselves very quickly to beat defending champions Tornado Bee by 45 runs at the lakeside oval in Entebbe on Sunday.

“We had a few in-house problems (against KICC) which we sorted,” Challengers captain Mohammed Aneef told Daily Monitor after their third win in four matches.

“By picking ourselves up with a win over the champions clearly shows we want to dethrone them.” Interestingly, defeat for Tornado Bee was not only the first in three games but also, it was their maiden loss in 12 limited-overs matches since the shock four-wicket loss to KICC on June 7, 2015.
“We did not apply ourselves well with the bat during the chase,” Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke admitted.

Unlike last year’s run fest between the two, this was a low-scoring contest. After Aneef opted to bat, top-order pair Arthur Kyobe and Daniel Ruyange struggled to play on the unpredictable wicket. 
But Hamu Kayondo (22 off 46), Naseer Ahmed (25 off 43) and Ivan Thawithemwira (34 off 64) resisted John Mpande (3/21) and Deus Muhumuza’s (2/23) tricky bowling spells for Challengers to set 160 in 47.2 overs. Aneef (4/20) and left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo (4/16) shared eight scalps, enough to stifle their opponents’ mission. Only Roger Mukasa stood out with a run-a-ball knock of 39.

K. Tigers 279/10 Wanderers 145/10 
Challengers 160/10 Tornado Bee 115/10

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Today was a day of two halves. The morning was slow because we had no coaching in due to the fact  it was a Sunday and only boarding schools were open. The allowed us a couple of hours at the hotel relaxing and then a stroll around the streets of Gulu, to have a browse and to do a bit of shopping.

The relaxing morning ensured that all members of the team were eager to get coaching again in the afternoon. We first visited Mary Immaculate school where we received a warm welcome. Like a couple of days before, the students of the all girl school were incredible to coach. They were very attentive and got stuck into the drills we had set up for them. The session involved a mix of catching, batting and bowling drills. The catching drill involved a mix of competitions and silly acts (a chicken impression being one of many). Whilst doing the drills, we would introduce the ABCT messages when applicable.

Following this hour and a half hour session, we headed to Sir Samuel Baker School, which is a senior all boys school. As a team, we decided to set up a game of pairs cricket due to the age of the students and the fact they already had cricket equipment in use on their large flat playing field. This session was very successful and the boys were very knowledgeable about the ABCT messages and were very open about why they would and why they wouldn’t follow the message. One reason why they wouldn’t use condoms was because they are too expensive, which could be a major cause for HIV and AIDS being still a big issue in the country still. One student states that roughly 5% of the school had HIV.

During this project I am in charge of doing the monitoring and evaluating (M and E) of the coaching sessions at each school. This involves asking three random students a set of questions before the session and another three students the same questions after the session. This enables us to understand how much knowledge the kids have about HIV and AIDS before the session and then to see if their knowledge improves as a result of our coaching. M and E also helps the charity understand the long term impact it has in particular areas and at particular schools after multiple visits.

Overall, it was a superb day which involved coaching two very good school and the team felt that we had a positive impact and we look forward to the festival day tomorrow where there will be some members 27th September.



GenNext cricket academy want to improve the game in the country

 It’s almost a year since Davis Karashani hang up his bat and glove from the Cricket Cranes national side.
His Twitter handle bio now reads: ‘RED - Retired and Extremely Dangerous’. Of course, Karashani’s right-arm off-spin deliveries were always cumbersome for batsmen. 
Actually, the Tornado B player still bothers them in the men’s topflight league. Beyond that, Karashani still wants to be involved in the sport.

Together with 2006 ICC U-19 World Cup teammate Denis Musali, the pair started the Generation Next Cricket Academy - first-ever cricket academy for the sport in Uganda.

“During our time,” Karashani told Sunday Monitor, “We went through structures that some of the kids today are missing,” he said at the launch of the GNext Challenge Youth League at Lugogo on Friday.

“GenNext is not only here to help develop and expose talents of youngsters but also mentor them with several counselling sessions.” Karashani added. “This tournament is here as a platform to allow youngsters showcase their skills in competitive environment,” GenNext’s Musali said. The GNext 30-Over Challenge will be played by four different sponsored franchises in a round-robin format until February 6 at Lugogo Oval. The best youth players, aged 15-23, have been grouped in ABC Samurais, Brookside Spartans, Blink Logistics and Lakhani Motor Titans under the guise of qualified coaches. The respective tacticians are Micheal Ndiko, Roger Mukasa, Jackson Ogwang and Alvin Bagaya.
Action got underway on Friday with more action lined-up today.


Today’s fixtures
9am: BL Titans vs. ABC Samurais
2pm: Knights vs. Spartans

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Serial chokers Charity suffer loss to Tornado in cricket league

Charity Trust Fund continued to bear the season’s chokers’ tag as they yet again flattered to deceive in an 11-run defeat to Tornado despite vital skipper Jonathan Ssebanja’s return at Kyambogo Oval. 
It’s a result that left both outfits with contrasting moments to look reflect to as the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League approaches its final bend. For their superb bowling accompanied with batting self-destruction, youthful Charity continued to languish in the relegation zone with just 18 points and need a miracle to survive. 
The 2012 champions Tornado may have been mediocre all day but their experience lifted them to third place on 32 points to guarantee safety. “Charity would have won but they just let it go,” said Tornado’s Deus Muhumuza. 
“We just stayed calm, they fumbled as the effect of our experience took its toll,” noted skipper Frank Nsubuga, arguably man-of-match. 
Three maidens from Cosmas Kyewuto (3/10) and Ssebanja (2/20) squeezed Tornado at 28-5 in the opening 12.5 overs. Somehow, evergreen Nsubuga changed the tune with 12 boundaries in a 67-ball 75 half-ton. It was here that Nsubuga also threaded a 68-run combo with fellow veteran Benjamin Musoke (43 off 94) for Tornado to set 151 in 48.3 overs. The manner in which Charity failed to win is one would equate to failing to recognize one’s own parents. By the time Ssebanja’s (30 off 28) wicket fell, they were 94-5 at 16.5 overs. 
Despite Lawrence Ssempijja’s fortitude (34* off 40), Brian Masaba wrapped up the remaining batsmen for a five-wicket haul before Mitch Horrocks’ run-out dismissal of Kyewuto pounded the agony in the 30th over.

Division One results
Challengers 159/10 Kutchi Tigers 106/10
(Challengers won by 53 runs)
Tornado 153/10 Charity TF 142/10
(Tornado won by 11 runs)

ACC 197/10 Mwiri 199/6
(Mwiri won by four wickets)

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C.W.B Coaching Visits in Uganda -2015

Cricket without Boundaries Visit.

The above mentioned volunteers will be visiting Uganda from 19th September to 2nd October 2015. This time 6 members will be visiting, in CWB’s 10th year of coaching in Uganda.

 They will carry out coaching in the Districts of Gulu, Arua and Lira. They will be assisted by CWB Ambassador to Uganda, Isaneez Emmanuel and the Northern Region Development Manager, Grace Mutyagaba. It will be the 5th time the volunteers are visiting the Northern region.


Below is the Itinerary;


CWB Autumn 2015 Project
Dates Day Confirmed Itinerary Possible Activities Accomodation Venue 
Saturday 19th September 1 Fly in Day arrive at 10.55pm   Nob View Hotel  
Sunday 20th September 2 Travel Travel White Castle Hotel, Arua Arua Hill PS Ground
Monday 21st September 3 Arua Teacher Training White Castle Hotel, Arua Arua Hill PS Ground
Tuesday 22nd September 4 Arua Schools Coaching White Castle Hotel, Arua Arua Hill PS Ground
Wednesday 23rd September 5 Arua Festival White Castle Hotel, Arua Arua Hill PS Ground
Thursday 24th September 6 Travel Travel Hotel Paerl Afrique, Gulu  
Friday 25th September 7 Gulu Teacher Training Hotel Paerl Afrique, Gulu Gulu Public Play Ground
Saturday 26th September 8 Gulu Schools Coaching Hotel Paerl Afrique, Gulu Gulu Public Play Ground
Sunday 27th September 9 Rest Day Hotel Paerl Afrique, Gulu  
Monday 28th September 10 Gulu Festival Hotel Paerl Afrique, Gulu Gulu Public Play Ground
Tuesday 29th September 11 Lira Teacher Training Lira Hotel, Lira Lango Sports Ground
Wednesday 30th September 12 Lira Schools Coaching Lira Hotel, Lira Lango Sports Ground
Thursday 1st October 13 Lira Festival Lira Hotel, Lira Lango Sports Ground
Friday 2nd October 14 Travel Travel    
Saturday 3rd October 15 Flight at 1.05am      

Schools Cricket Week projects bright future for cricket in Uganda

With no gusts of rain flurrying through, the sunbathed Lugogo Oval produced a Schools Cricket Week final of remarkable contrasts a fortnight ago. A repeat of the 2014 washed out final, Busoga College Mwiri came through to win an arm wrestle against Kololo SSS by 30 runs (a huge margin in the T20 format the tournament embodied). It was Mwiri’s 16th title.
A profound difference was not only registered on the scoreboard, but also in the bowling approaches. The sight of wicketkeeper Ashraf Senkubuge tearing off pads from his shins and gloves from the hands to bowl spin in the final over might not have been defining but was telling nonetheless. Kololo SSS skipper Rogers Olipa had asked his spin bowlers to obtain large amounts of traction on what looked like a slow surface in a bid to put the skids under Mwiri’s rampant batsmen. 
Kololo SSS had some formidable slow men at its disposal in the shape of Frank Akankwasa, Simon Oketcho, and Siraje Nsubuga. Oketcho, whose bowling style has been likened to that of the legendary Frank Nsubuga, stood resplendent after picking up two wickets at the cost of 22 runs in four overs. He wasn’t the most economical of bowlers (Siraje Nsubuga took that honour with a haul of 2/13 in four), but he undoubtedly put his hand up when the slog was on. 
With all the recognised slow bowlers having completed their allotted four overs, Olipa made the brave decision to hand the duty of seeing through the final over to Senku-buge. A variety of flight and spin didn’t mask the fact that the wicketkeeper is a part-timer. Six balls and 10 runs later, Kololo SSS had a target of 116 runs to overhaul. It was a daunting task, but not one that would make Kololo SSS’ much-vaunted batsmen quake in their boots. Mwiri’s pace bowlers were widely expected to struggle to find glory in their deeds on a slow wicket. It was in fact Zephaniah Arinaitwe, a part-time spinner, who drew first blood for Mwiri after his variations flummoxed Senkubuge. Yet instead of riding piggyback on spin, Mwiri turned to its pace bowlers. The quickness of David Wabwire, Collins Okwalinga and Kenneth Waiswa (plus medium pace of Davis ‘Kamo-ga’ Aciire) had been a treasure of incalculable value for Mwiri during the tournament. Not even a slow wicket would take the sting out of the pace attack. Playing in his last Schools Cricket Week tournament, Wabwire was particularly unplayable en route to snaring three wickets. Many have said that Wabwire has all the tools to do more than just flirt with greatness. 
For Ugandan cricket, it must make for a refreshing change that it has a rich pile of bow-lers — both fast and slow — from which to choose in the future. This year’s Schools Cricket Week showed more than anything that the future of Ugandan cricket is bright. The batting might at times have been brittle, but it wasn’t worrying enough to rain on the sport’s parade as was the case — both literally and metaphorically — during last year’s final.


By Robert Madoi

Posted  Sunday, September 6  2015 at  01:00

Tornado B, Pioneer triumph in low scoring contests

Any prayers from opponents and neutrals that Tornado B ladies lose their first match in 2015 are not about to be answered.

Devoid of skipper Mackenzie Ayato who lost her mother a week ago, the ladies in green stripe beat Jinja SS by ten wickets at the University Oval in Kyambogo Oval on Saturday.

Tornado B remains unbeaten in four National Women’s 40-Over League matches but the club is even yet to register a single loss overall since winning the Sixes Challenge title on May 9.

“It’s eight matches without defeat and still counting,” Tornado B coach Jackson Ogwang told Daily Monitor. “The girls were ruthless with the ball and my prayer is that we keep this consistency for as long as we can.”

The 2014 Twenty20 Premier League champions Jinja opted to bat first but couldn’t pay back for defeat in this year’s Sixes Challenge final. 
“My girls didn’t show any fighting spirit,” dejected coach Habibu Mugalula said.

“And besides, morale was gone once we lost wickets early.”
First, Racheal Ntono (2/18) and Rashida ‘German Juice’ Kalsum (1/9) struck early to leave Jinja whirling at 37-4 in 12.4 overs.

Only Jinja SS captain Claire Mushakamba managed double figures (12 off 33) as her side crumbled from 50-5 to 62 all out at the mercy of Ritah Nyangendo and Hope Wanichan (3/7 each).

Tornado B’s opening pair Saidat Kemigisha (29* off 29) and Kalsum (27* off 37) played like twins and only need 10.4 overs to seal the job in somewhat incredible manner.
Still on rather low scoring day, Pricco Nakitende was all over Charity Trust Fund’s batters with 4/7 and two maidens in a fine 25-ball spell that helped her side Pioneer win by ten wickets at Lugogo.

To add to Nakitende’s quality, skipper Justine Musubika (2/5) potency sliced through Charity’s batting order as well only to crumble like a pack of cards for meager 31 all out.
Then Pioneer’s Lelia Namaganda (2* off 15) brilliantly rotated the strike for fellow partner Carol Namugenyi (21* off 18) to put her side over the line mid-way the sixth over.

Women’s 40-over league

Charity TF 31/10 Pioneer 32/0
(Pioneer won by ten wickets)
Jinja SS 62/10 Tornado B 63/0
(Tornado B won by ten wickets)

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Bhudia’s seven wickets sink Challengers

Rajesh Bhudia took season best bowling figures of 7-13 to help Kutchi Tigers defeat Challengers by five wickets in a National Men’s Division One 50-Over League clash at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday.

“I feel so happy,” the Indian-born Kenyan said. “It was a very good bowling spell.” After Challengers opted to bat first, Bhudia, signed alongside Vinod Rabadiya and Ramesh Mepani from Kenyan champions Kanbis Sports Club, ensured none of their opponents’ batsmen troubled the scorers.

Kanti Vekaria (1/7) dismissed danger man Arthur Kyobe (5 off 12) in the fifth over and when Nandi Kishore (1/13) bowled Arnold Otwan (32 off 86), Bhudia’s moment came.

In his 10-over spell, the right-arm medium pace bowler claimed four wicket-maidens and another maiden before Challengers’ innings folded at 74 in 34.1 overs. Spinner Henry Ssenyondo (2/18) put up some resistance for the 2014 Twenty20 champions but it mattered less as Rabadiya’s composed 13-ball 26* saw Tigers earn their third win in four outings in 19.2 overs.

Challengers 74/10 Kutchi Tigers 77/5
(Tigers won by five wickets)
Tornado vs. Rounders (washed out)
ACC 214/5 KC Budo 117/3 [D/L]
(ACC won by 97 runs)
Mwiri 127/10 Wanderers 121/1 [D/L]
(Wanderers won by nine wickets)
SKLPS 109/10 Jinja SS 110/9
(Jinja SS won by one wicket)

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