HAMU KAYONDO MISSES OUT ON FINAL 14 TO OMAN

Since making his debut for the Cricket Cranes in 2014 Hamu Kayondo has been an integral part of the national side growing in confidence and stature from one tournament to another.

However, the Cricket Cranes will have to do without him in Oman as a broken thumb has ruled him out of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament.

Kayondo suffered the broken thumb on the build-up tour of Zimbabwe when he was struck on the hand by a delivery from Richard Ngarava.

The squad of 14 will be led by Brian Masaba as they hunt for glory in the desert. The last time the Cricket Cranes visited the desert nation they finished bottom of the group at the Division 3 qualifiers.

Eleven of the fourteen selected players were part of the squad that was in Oman last year and most of them will be seeking to correct the wrongs of 2018.

Brian Masaba will be taking charge of the team in his first ICC tournament and he has enough experience to help him while on the field.

Veteran Frank Nsubuga makes the cut and he will be one of the players to watch out during the tournament. Nsubuga is one of the most respected bowlers in Associate Cricket and if he can raise his game he will win games for Uganda.

Former captain Roger Mukasa who had a decent tour in Zimbabwe is due a big celebration for the Cricket Cranes and with the captaincy burden off his back, he should be free to shine in Oman.

Ronak Patel is yet to deliver on all the promise he showed in 2018 local season scoring over 500 runs in 7 games as his form for the Cricket Cranes has been poor and he will need runs in Oman to keep the faith of the selectors.

Richard Agamire has been given a chance to shine at the tournament and he will be looking at sharing the new ball with the experienced Charles Waiswa ahead of Bilal Hassun.

The squad will leave on Friday afternoon and will face Jersey first on December 2.

The first round of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B will run from November 30 to December 13.

The Team

  1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
  2. Roger Mukasa
  3. Arnold Otwani
  4. Kenneth Waiswa
  5. Dinesh Nakrani
  6. Ronak Patel
  7. Bilal Hassun
  8. Shahzad Kamal
  9. Riazat Ali Shah
  10. Charles Waiswa
  11. Henry Ssenyondo
  12. Frank Nsubuga
  13. Richard Agamire
  14. Fred Achelam

Prepared by Denis musali

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.

MWIRI FACE TRICKY MUKONO PARENTS WHILE ST JOHN’S TAKE ON NYAKASURA IN SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK SEMIFINALS

The Schools Cricket Week has reached the business end as the men have been separated from the boys.

After three days of group action, Busoga College Mwiri and St John’s Kauga remain the only unbeaten sides and favourites for the finals on Saturday morning.

However, before the finals, both sides will have to negotiate very tricky semifinals but with St John’s having the easier tie.

St John’s emerged top of the difficult Group B that has two previous winners in Jinja SSS, Mukono Parents and St Johns who were losing finalists last year.

They will face Nyakasura who finished second in Group A that had most of the upcoming schools. This semifinal will be played at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

In the exciting semifinal of the day defending champions, Busoga College Mwiri will be taking on two-time winners Mukono Parents.

Mukono has relied on Trevor Bukenya and Juma Miyagi to get this far and they will be the key players in the semifinal. On the other hand, the defending champions have been setting records with a record opening stand of 342 between Hassan Mpanuka (164 not out) and Ronald Opio (128 not out) against a helpless Makerere College School. However, all these records will mean nothing if they can’t take care of Mukono Parents to make the final on Saturday. This semifinal will be at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

This expanded edition of the Schools Cricket Week has had 14 teams from just 12 schools last year and has seen the return schools such as Makerere College and Kiira College Butiiki.

The finals of the week-long tournament will be held on Saturday morning at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

CEYLON LIONS MAINTAIN TOP SPOT, AVENGERS CLOSES GAP ON WANDERERS

Ceylon Lions kept a firm grip on top spot opening up a 10 point gap between them and second-place Wanderers and are now favorites for promotion as one of the two teams to go up to Division 1.

Ceylon made very light work of Premier at the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe defeating them by six wickets.

Premier won the toss and chose to bat first but Ruwan Jayaratne had other ideas as he picked up 5/17 to restrict Premier to 67 all out.

The run chase lasted only 52 balls as Lions knocked off the required runs despite losing four wickets.

The win means Ceylon Lions will stay on top of the table and are starting to creating distance between them and the rest of the chasing pack.

The other games in Division 2 were a no contest but the results had repercussions both at the top and bottom of the table.

Budo was a no show for their game against Avengers at home giving Avengers a walkover. The result drops Budo to the bottom of the table while Avengers gains distance on Wanderers in second place.

Wanderers suffered the misfortune of rain in Jinja as the whole second innings was washed out.

Despite Wanderers posting an imposing 219 all out with Brian Adriko (54) and Joseph Byaruhanga (47) with telling contributions, at the start of the second innings the heavens let loose and there was no more action possible as Jinja SSS claimed a precious point.

The point meant that Jinja SSS moved above Budo into seventh place to move out the relegation place.

On the other hand, Wanderers dropped three crucial points and with Avengers winning, it means the latter closes the gap on Wanderers who are in the second promotion place.

With Ceylon Lions running away from the rest of the pack, the battle for the final promotion place is turning into a three-team race as Wanderers, Avengers and Aziz Damani all have a chance of promotion.

At the bottom, Jinja SSS and Budo are only separated by a single point making the drop also very interesting.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CHALLENGERS TAKE ON NEWCOMERS SKLPS AS TORNADO BEE LOOK TO STING PATIDAR

Challengers are wounded from last weekend after losing to rivals Aziz Damani in a heated battle at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

Challengers don’t have enough time to lick their wounds as they seek to get back to winning ways as they take on newcomers SKLPS.

SKLPS will need to be at their best if they are to take down a wounded Challengers at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Challengers will be hoping for good weather so that their star-studded line up that has the likes of Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Shahzad Kamal, Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Olipa Rogers show their class.

At Kyambogo, Tornado Bee will be seeking for their third win of the season as they take on Patidar. This encounter is a six-pointer of sorts as the teams in the bottom half of the league battle for points that will keep them in the league.

Tornado Bee, the four-time league winners, lost a lot of experience in the offseason but they have managed to assemble a side with a lot of experience. One of their new recruits Falak Sher scored a season-high individual double century as they walked over Tornado. If they can pick up their third win of the season they will need atlas just two more wins to guarantee their place in Division 1 for next year.

Patidar put together a good side with some exciting youngsters such as Cosmas Kyewuta, Ronald Opio, Collins Okwalinga but none of them have delivered the goods for the newly-promoted side.

Patidar is rooted at the bottom of the table and needs to start winning games before they run out of the same to save their season.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

Arinaitwe ton ensures Uganda ends on high

 There was no wooden spoon for the Baby Cricket Cranes and more importantly no relegation to the Africa Division II as Uganda wrapped up its bittersweet campaign at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under 19 Africa World Cup Qualifier in Windhoek, Namibia on Sunday.

The last three countries on the log; fiery West Africans Sierra Leone, neighbouring arch-foes Kenya, who were at the last World Cup in 2018 New Zealand and bottom finishers Tanzania will have to go through the ignominy of playing Division II qualifiers next year to earn the right to play at this level again, in 2021.

But that consolation didn’t suffice to the many fans that were pregnant with expectation that this particular generation of U-19s would halt the wait to appear in another World Cup since the 2006 crop that played in the Sri Lanka edition.

It was a little too late for Uganda, even after Uganda mauled Tanzania by 8 wickets with a 226 balls remaining in the last round of this tense, thrilling and action-packed showpiece.

Uganda’s top order batsmen struggled for rhythm early on in the tournament and even when they got starts, they were guilty of not converting.

The only time it happened against Tanzania, coach Jackson Ogwang’s boys steamrolled their opponents Tanzania; making a mockery of their set score of 144 runs by chasing it down in just 12.2 overs.

Zephaniah Arinaitwe, who was the only player with a senior national team cap, oscillated between mediocrity and flashes of brilliance. 
A free-scoring stroke maker Arinaitwe primarily held Uganda’s key to progress because of his prior exposure.
When he muscled a 30-ball 69 against Namibia, Uganda were in dreamland but his dismissal at 74 runs in 7.2 overs signaled the end of Uganda’s hunt for the hosts set score of 250.

Remarkable debuts
Against Tanzania in what the Ugandan contingent in Windhoek termed as their ‘grande finale’, Arinaitwe showed his well-documented destructive nature with a 40-ball 102 that was littered with six boundaries and nine beautiful sixes - an innings of super timing.
Uganda’s bowling which will hardly take too much blame on this particular trip; had earlier on held fort. Opening bowler Juma Miyaji returned stellar figures of 3 for 21 in 9.3 overs and captain Frank Akankwasa’s 10-over spell of spin prized out three scalps for a measly 33 runs.

More positives
There were more positives for the Baby Cricket Cranes as Tanzania’s batsmen; Ashish Shah (40 off 91) and Aahil Jasani (28 off 56) opted to build a wall of attrition with tournament debutants; Pascal Murungi (aged 14) and Edwin Nuwagaba (aged 15), who is Arinaitwe’s younger brother, respectively snared two wickets and bowled a maiden first over in international cricket with the opponents’ innings ending in 48.3 overs.
Such was Uganda’s final flourish but it was a little too late as it will be Nigeria going to first-ever U-19 World Cup.

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Damani on Cloud 9 after rare double

Aziz Damani ladies cricket team has blossomed way beyond expectation at the grand stage of the game this year.
When Immaculate Nakisuyi delivered a master class to earn them their maiden Mehta Twenty20 Premier League title on June 23, little did they know that the crown in the longer format was close.
Now they were nearly flawless as they sealed a season double after clinching the topflight Jazz Safari National Women’s League title at the weekend.
Needing a victory with a bonus point to eclipse Olila High School and Pioneer, Damani’s wish was granted as they dispatched the old good and now minnows Wanderers by eight wickets the University Oval in Kyambogo to grab the silverware.
“We are grateful because it was not easy,” Damani ladies’ coach Yusuf Nanga said. It is the first time a ladies’ club is winning a season double since Wanderers did so in 2013.
It is also the first time that a franchise has won the same title on offer across both men and women’s fronts since Tornado Bee won the league gongs in 2016. Wanderers too won the T20 titles in 2013.
On Saturday, after both teams got off late, Wanderers’ batters Hilda Kabaseke (34* off 98 balls) and Racheal Kagoya (10 off 38) by passed hurdles from Consy Aweko (2/15) and Nakisuyi (2/18) to set 84-6 in 35 overs.
Damani ably chased the target in 15 overs with Jenifer Nabwana producing an unbeaten knock of 37 runs off 49 balls while player of the match Sylvia Kinyua got 23 off 17.
Wanderers’ Shakira Sadick’s 1/23 in four overs was rendered a footnote in the script.

RESULTS
Wanderers 84/6 Aziz Damani 87/2
(Damani won by 8 wickets)
Tornado Bee 95/9 Tornado 77/9
(Tornado Bee won by 18 runs)
JACC 44/10 Ceylon Lions 45/5
(Ceylon Lions won by 5 wickets)

CURRENT STANDINGS
Damani 24 points
Olila HS 23
Pioneer 22
Jinja SS 9
KICC 6
Wanderers 0

By Darrren Allan Kyeyune

Tikolo focuses on death bowling, squad for Africa T20 announced

It takes a great level of keenness to notice sweet emotions flying all over the senior national men’s cricket team camp.
And they are all coming at a time after fixtures for the ICC World Cricket League Division Three due November 6-21 in Oman were released on August 22. That very day was Cricket Cranes’ captain Roger Mukasa’s 29th birthday.
On the next day, coach Steve Tikolo celebrated his 21st marriage anniversary in an emotional post on his Facebook account. So howzat!
One underlining factor is that there is no fear or pressure ahead of this crucial showpiece for Team Uganda. The vibes in the non-residential camp are getting better ever since they won the ICC WCL Division IV title in Malaysia back in May.
“After Malaysia, we have added a few players like Ronak (Patel) and Dinesh (Nakrani) and we have continued with our normal progress,” Tikolo told Daily Monitor yesterday.
“Division III is important for us to progress to Division II and it is coming in six months which is not bad in terms of team momentum.”
But the Kenyan legend further warns; “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we still need to do the basics right and we cannot be complacent.”
Like the rest of the team, Tikolo is sparing more time to think on how to tackle the humid conditions of Oman and pass the five-match puzzle at the six-nation tournament.
“The Oman conditions are no different from those of Malaysia and that is in the sense of the same sub-continent type of wickets. We did not see too many in Malaysia but Uganda is one of the few teams that averaged 200 runs. 
From what we saw in the ICC World T20 Africa B Qualifier in Rwanda, Ronak and Dinesh have brought in some good morale but batting is an area that we need to work on and as well as tighten the death bowling.”
Speaking of bowling and spin-favouring wickets in the Arabian Peninsula, Tikolo interestingly has more medium pace bowlers (Charles Waiswa, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Ali, Deus Muhumuza, Jonathan Ssebanja and Nakrani) than spinners (Irfan Afridi, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga plus part-timers Brian Masaba and Mukasa) in the team. But he sees things differently.
“Let’s not look at one side of the pace bowlers’ game. Don’t forget that Dinesh, Deus and Riazat can get you runs,” Tikolo argued.
“As a technical bench, we will not assume anything. We shall do our ground work and hopefully be in Oman at least three days before the tournament.”

Paying back the faith
On Tuesday, Tikolo repaid the faith in teenage batsman Zephaniah Arinaitwe who has been scoring centuries for fun over the past three months. 
He is into the team selected by the UCA Selection Committee that will represent Uganda at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted Africa T20 Tournament due September 14-16 before taking part in three 50-over warm-up matches against Kwazulu-Natal Inland and the South Africa Academy teams set for September 17-21. But Ronak is unavailable, Jonathan Ssebanja has again been overlooked whereas Ssenyondo joins his little brother Simon Ssesaazi in the reserves of the notable selections and omissions made to the Rainbow Nation. 
Then after the buffer month of October, Uganda will start its quest for Division II cricket against Denmark and USA on November 9 and 10 in Muscat but the gaffer hasn’t put much focus onto the itinerary that has three reserve days and as many off-days.
“At the end of the day, the rest days will be a benefit for all teams unlike the previous WCL tournaments where there are back-to-back games which take a toll on the players,” concluded Tikolo.

TEAM TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR T20s

Players: Brian Masaba (vice captain), Fred Achelam (wicket-keeper), Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Roger Mukasa (captain), Hamu Kayondo, Dinesh Nakrani, Muhammad Irfan, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Kenneth Waiswa, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Ali Shah
Reserves: Henry Ssenyondo, Simon Ssessazi, Emmanuel Issaneez
Officials: Jackson Kavuma (Manager), Steve Tikolo (Coach), Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)

POOLS - AFRICA T20 CUP

Pool A - Pietermaritzburg: 
KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Easterns, 
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Uganda and 
Western Province.
Pool B – Oudtshoorn: 
South Western Districts, Free State, 
Gauteng, Northerns and Zimbabwe;
Pool C – East London: 
Border, Eastern Province, Kenya, 
Mpumalanga and Namibia
Pool D – Paarl: 
Boland, Limpopo, Nigeria, Northern Cape 
and North West.

By Innocent Ndawula & Darren Kyeyune

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