CRICKET CRANES REMAIN UNBEATEN AFTER SEEING OFF ITALY BY 38 RUNS

Cricket Cranes continued their fairytale run in the desert at the World Cup Challenge League Group B with a 38-run win over Italy at Al Amerat.

The win is their fourth in a row as they aim to finish top of Group after the first round.

The Cricket Cranes were without their captain Brian Masaba who was ruled out of the game with a fever and vice Captain Arnold Otwani slotted into his position.

At the toss, the luck continued to elude Uganda as Arnold Otwani called wrong and Cricket Cranes were asked to bat by the Italians.

Roger Mukasa and his opening partner Arnold Otwani continued their barren run as both failed to put on a reasonable score and it was up to Shahzad Kamal (78) and Ronak Patel (53) to steady the ship. The second-wicket partnership was worth 120 runs as both batsmen followed by their half-centuries from the win against Bermuda with well-crafted half tons.

Shahzad’s departure at 163/3 slowed things down and the remaining seven wickets only contributed a paltry 55 runs.

The late collapse, however, didn’t do much damage as the Uganda finished on 218 all out, the first time the Cricket Cranes have been bowled out in the tournament.

In the chase, Uganda got rid of dangerman Nikolai Smith to keep the Italians at bay but his opening partner Gian Meade (43) took on the responsibility of aggressor as they tried to chase down the total.

There were some nervy moments when the Italians seemed to have settled but Man of the Match Bilal Hassun had other ideas as his 5/27 sealed the game for the Cricket Cranes.

The win, though laboured, means that the Cricket Cranes will definitely finish among the top 2 sides at the tournament. They will take on HongKong on Wednesday which is their final game of the tournament.

The second leg of this Cricket World Cup qualifier will be held in Uganda next year in July.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

UGANDA CRICKET CRANES HOLD THEIR NERVE TO DEFEAT JERSEY BY 25 RUNS IN OMAN

Uganda held its nerve to defeat Jersey by 25 runs in their first game at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament in Oman.

The island nation won the toss and chose to field first in the only game of the opening day of the Challenge League B.

Uganda named a predictable starting XI with youngsters Richard Agamire, Fred Achellam, and Kenneth Waiswa missing out with Steve Tikolo naming a very experienced side.

Roger Mukasa and Arnold Otwani opened the batting for Uganda and despite both getting some good starts they were unable to capitalize as they fell for scores below 20.

Ronak Patel is still soul searching and he dragged a ball onto his stumps for zero to limit Uganda to 36/3 inside 15 overs.

A 70 run partnership between Shahzad Kamal (47) and captain Brian Masaba (40) settled all nerves and laid a platform for the middle order to prosper.

Dinesh Nakrani (79) and Riazat Shah (37) who in the past have combined for some memorable knocks had a 91-run partnership that helped Uganda pile 248/8 in their 50 overs.

In the chase, Jersey took the game to Uganda scoring freely and wickets were difficult to come by for the Cricket Cranes. The usually reliable spinners had an off day as Henry Ssenyondo and Frank Nsubuga had a difficult time as they failed the partnerships that were growing.

However, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Shah and Dinesh Nakrani had a great day with the ball containing the run flow and also picking up the important wickets.

Nakrani undoubtedly the man of the match picked the last wicket of the game as Uganda closed out a 25 run win.

The win gives Uganda momentum as they go into their next four games. Uganda needs at least two more wins to be able to remain in contention for the top slot in Group B.

RUNS GALORE AS CHALLENGERS PUT TORNADO TO THE SWORD, KUTCHI TIGERS EDGE PAST KICC

MATCH SUMMARIES

Challengers CC 466/6 in 50 Overs | Tornado CC 61/9 in 14.5/50 Overs

Tornado CC won the toss and opted to bowl
Result: Challengers CC won by 405 runs

Batting Challengers CC: Arnold Otwani 115/108, Trevor Bukenya 80/37, Steven Wabwose 74/66, Zephania Arinaitwe 64/44, Perry Wazombe 49/31
Bowling Tornado CC: Maxwell Torach 2/72 in 9 overs
Bowling Challengers CC: Mohameed Azeem Khan 3/23 in 5 overs
Man of Match: Arnold Otwani

Kutchi Tigers 235/7 in 50 Overs | KICC 155 in 38.1/50 Overs

Kutchi Tigers won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Kutchi Tigers won by 80 runs

Batting Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 100/102, Anil Hirani 45/38
Bowling KICC: Maxwell Michael Ndiko 2/30 in 7 overs
Batting KICC: Simon Ssesaazi 32/66, Lawrence Ssempijja 24/39
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 3/24 in 9 overs, Dhansuk Jesani 3/29 in 9.1 overs
Man of Match: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani

Tornado fell in an ambush well laid by Challengers at the small Budo Cricket Oval.

Challengers scored a season record high of 466/6 in their 50 overs just 34 runs shy of 500 runs with Arnold Otwani (115) leading the onslaught with a well-played century, his first of the season, while Trevor Bukenya (80), Zephaniah Arinaitwe (64), Steven Wabwose (74) and Perry Wazombe (49) came in handy.

It was the first time a Division 1 game was being played at Budo in over a decade and this brought about because of the unavailability of most grounds. In response Tornado never got going bundled out for 61 in under 15 overs.

In the other game, national team player Dinesh Nakrani inspired his Kutchi Tigers side to pick up a precious win against KICC.

Nakrani scored 100 off 102 balls to help Kutchi Tigers to set 235/7 in their 50 Overs. He then came back with the ball to pick up three key wickets to cap off an all-round performance.

The win more of the less guarantees Kutchi Tigers’ life in the top flight while KICC endures another barren campaign.

A lot was expected of KICC this season and they had been tipped to be one of the title challengers.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

Mukasa century at Jinja SS seals Tornado B’s flawless first round

Tornado B’s Roger Mukasa capped another impressive day with the bat as he scored a 114-ball 173 ton to help his side to a 185-run victory over hosts Jinja SS in the men’s Division One National 50-Over League encounter on Sunday.
Mukasa’s century, now the highest knock this year thus far, ensured the defending champions Tornado B completed the first round of seven games with their 100 per cent unbeaten record intact on 39 points and forthwith atop the log.
“I am pretty delighted with the feat,” a composed Mukasa told Daily Monitor as he cooled off from Jinja while watching the Commonwealth Games with teammates at Lugogo Tennis Club on Sunday evening. 
Eight days ago, the top-order batsman had blazed 154 in the 144-run win over Wanderers and prior to heading to Jinja, the image of celebrating his first ever back-to-back career tons was never envisioned.

Successive ton
“I did not think of scoring another century so soon,” he said, “But after I hit the first ball, I felt like I would go on to play like my idol Adam Glichrist (retired Australian batsman and wicket-keeper),” Mukasa added. He now leads the batting charts with 451 runs from six innings.
With two wickets down after 7.2 overs, the 25-year-old rode his luck after being dropped on 73 and went on to strike 17 fours until he was caught by Aloysious Odoi off Geoffrey Gandi’s (2/62) on penultimate ball of the 43rd over.
Mukasa’s effort was supplemented with knocks from Lawrence Ssematimba (51), Davis Karashani (26) and the Kibuukamusoke brothers; captain Jeremy (39) and Cyrus (25) as Tornado B coasted to the season’s highest aggregate of 375 for 7.
Following in-swing medium pacer John Mpande’s (4/21) damage, Jinja SS were 43 for 5 after 10 overs but some resistance from Emmanuel Taban (45) and Odoi (42) helped them reach a paltry 190 runs.
Meanwhile, Challengers returned to winning ways after three months with a 199-run victory over a depleted Nile. Celebrating his 22nd birthday in style, Challengers’ Arnold Otwani stroked a 94-ball 73 half ton and paired for a match-winning 107-run third-wicket combo with Ivan Thawithemwira (69 off 73) as they set 280 for 4. Otwani later claimed five scalps for 26 runs as Nile were bowled out for 81.

NATIONAL 50 -OVer League RESULTs
DIVISION ONE
Tornado B 375/7 Jinja SS 190/10 
Challengers 280/8 Nile 81/10 
DIVISION TWO
Patidar 149/10 Mwiri 150/7 
Kutchi Tigers 325/9 Premier 156/10

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