Cricket Cranes off to Cape Town

The Cricket Cranes’ preparations for the Division II International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) tourney due January 17-24 in Windhoek, Namibia negotiate the final bend with a 10-day boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa starting today.
While in Cape Town, the team will get a chance to train at the ultra modern Newlands Park that is currently hosting the third Test between South Africa and West Indies, catch the final two days of the riveting Test and watch the Twenty20 blitz between the two giants on Friday (Jan. 9).

Coach Peter Kirsten’s boys will also have training sessions at Western Province Academy (WPA) and play three rubbers against WPA and Western Province XI but the peak of the boot camp will be presence of legendary South African Test player Gary Kirsten.
Peter and Gary are half brothers but the latter is more famous because he ended his career as South Africa’s most capped player and top Test runs-scorer (7,289) when he called it a day in March 2004 against New Zealand in Wellington.
Gary has also built a niche as a successful coach as he is credited for having taken powerhouse India to the top of the Test rankings during his stint, which ended, quite fittingly, with India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.
Gary, on the invitation of Peter, is scheduled to watch over a couple training sessions, have one-on-one sessions with the players and offer motivational speeches on Jan 13 and 14.
“He (Gary) played this game at the very top level and his presence in our camp is a big boost. He has done it all before and will be easy to believe,” assistant coach Michael Ndiko told Daily Monitor after National Council of Sports (NCS) general secretary Jasper Aligawesa flagged off the team yesterday at the NCS Headquarters in Lugogo.
Skipper Frank Nsubuga, too, made a bold vow about the team’s goals. 
“We have been working hard and are looking forward to meet and work with Gary for the next 10 days. We promise to work hard and ensure that we don’t get relegated back to Division III.”

ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO - WINDHOEK
UGANDA FIXTURES - JANUARY 17-24
Jan 17: Uganda vs. Nepal (Wanderers Affies)
Jan 18: Namibia vs. Uganda (Wanderers)
Jan 19: Rest/reserve day
Jan 20: Kenya vs. Uganda (United)
Jan 21: Canada vs. Uganda (Wanderers Affies)
Jan 22: Rest/reserve day
Jan 23: Netherlands vs. Uganda (Wanderers)
Jan 24: Playoff finals

TEAM UGANDA FOR NAMIBIA:
F. Nsubuga (captain), D. Karashani, H. Kayondo, A. Kyobe, B. Masaba (vice captain), D. Muhumuza, R. Mukasa, P. Mukobe, A. Mutyagaba, P. Ochan, D. Ruyange, J. Ssebanja, L. Ssematimba, H. Ssenyondo 
OFFICIALS: A. Meya (Team Manager), P. Kirsten (Coach/ Technical Director), M. Ndiko (Trainer), T. Le Roux (Team Physiotherapist)

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Jinja Senior Secondary School CC are the Champions of 2014 Mehta Premier League

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE

RESULTS FOR THE FINALS:

WANDERERS CC VS JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB 86/5 IN 19.5 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS CC 85/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL

Toss won Jinja SSS CC who opted to Field.

BATTING JINJA SSS: Racheal Ntono 23 off 26 balls, Pricco Nakitende 19 off 28 balls
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/16 in 4 Overs, Lydia Bakumpe 2/22 in 4 Overs.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 23 off 30 balls, Naome Kayondo 23 off 33 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Stephanie Nampiina 1/9 in 4 Overs, Damalie Busingye 1/11 in 2 Overs. 

RESULTS FOR SEMI FINAL 1 & 2

SEMI FINAL 1.
TORNADO CC Vs WANDERERS CC

TORNADO CC 63/9 IN 20 OVERS LOST TO WANDERERS CC 75/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 12 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL.

Toss won by Tornado CC who opted to Field.

BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 28 off 37 balls, Naome Kayondo 18 off 25 balls.
BOWLING TORNADO: Gloria Adubu 2/19 in 4 Overs
BATTING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 11off 11 balls.
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/10 in 4 Overs, Naome Kayondo 2/17 in 4 Overs.

SEMI FINAL 2:
CHARITY TRUST FUND CC Vs JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB.

JINJA SSS 54/5 IN 13 OVERS, BEAT CHARITY TRUST FUND CC 49/8 IN 13 OVERS AT KYAMBOGO GROUND.

Toss won by Charity who elected to bat

BATTING JINJA SSS: Damalie Busingye 11 off 22 balls, Immaculate Nakisuyi 10 Not Out off 11 balls
BOWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/5 in 2 Overs
BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 8 off 22 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Pricco Nakitende 2/4 in 2 Overs, Rita Musamali 2/10 in 2 Overs.

Conguratulations to Jinja Senior Secondary School CC for Winning the 2014 Mehta Premier League.

 

 

Senior Men National team profiles

profiles the team that will represent Uganda at the ICC WCL Div III that will take place in Malaysia after it was moved away from Uganda due to security concerns.

FRANK NSUBUGA (CAPTAIN)
frank nsubuga
Club: Tornado
Age: 34
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm off break
A decade of featuring for the senior national side, Franco as he is popularly known is a spin bowler. He will be deputized by Brian Masaba. He takes over from Davis Karashani in the October 23rd to 30th event.
 
"We are a family and I am happy with the work put in so far, the boys are hungry, confidence is high, we are more focused than ever before and looking forward to the tournament.’

Key for him will be soaking up the pressure especially for some debutants at the big stage.
‘Do your basics well and you will win the game’, believes Nsubuga.

BRIAN MASABA ( Vice CAPTAIN)
brian masaba
Club: Nile
Age: 23
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm medium
An all rounder who has come into his own by being a regular fixture on the national team side, He is a good fielder and can bat in the middle order. He is your go to guy when you need stability after quick falling wickets. As an assistant captain, more responsibility will come and it will be interesting to see how he handles it.

ROGER MUKASA
roger mukasa
Club: Tornado B
Age: 25
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm off spin

Uganda’s opening batsman for the last five years, he has been on great form with three centuries in the local league and has improved his bowling tremendously, he will need to put runs on the board to get Uganda going. Good hooker, cut and drive, used to scoring fast and when that doesn’t happen might be forced to make a mistake but all round a good bat.

DEUSDIT MUHUMUZA
deus muhumuza
Club: Tornado
Age: 25 years
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right -arm medium
Nick named Baby because of his youthful looks; he has worked himself back on the team after being dropped for the World T20 qualifiers in the UAE last year. Runs well between the wickets, bats well at the death, good arm and as a medium pace bowler, has a lot of variety with his in-swinger. He is also a good fielder. 

DANIEL RUYANGE
daniel ruyange
Club: KICC
Age: 29
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast 
A bowler who can bat, it has been a long journey for him back to the national team after an injury on his right shoulder that saw him get surgery and sit out a year without cricket, fitness and a lot of hard work has seen him return and will be an important addition if he can last the duration of the tournament.

DAVIS ARINAITWE KARASHANI
davis karashani dubai
Club: Tornado B
Age: 27
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Right-arm off break
The ex-skipper comes into this with lots of experience under his belt. Changing his home club this season has boosted his confidence even more and has been batting longer and picking the runs. He can drive well and loves playing the slog sweep. Tends to turn the ball down the leg-side but will be key on the spin friendly wickets in Malaysia.

LAWRENCE SSEMATIMBA
lawrence sematimba
Club: Tornado B
Age: 32years
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
Dropped for the (ICC) World T20 qualifiers in the UAE, he has worked his way back on the team. Arguably the man to take on the Benjamin Musoke’s role after his retirement from the national team, he is agile in front of the wicket, he can improvise on all shots and rotate the strike well. Not the biggest hitter on the team by a mile, but plays spins very well.

HAMU BAGENDA KAYONDO
hamu bageya kayondo
Club: Wanderers
Age: 24
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm bowler
Promoted from the U19 side, Kayondo has come through the ranks fast and will need to deliver at the big stage. Being handed captaincy at his home club has matured him. He works hard and wants to improve, technically can play straight and, good with spin. Perhaps his only flaw comes with attempting to hit the ball hard and sometimes it doesn’t go the distance. 

ARTHUR KYOBE
arthur kyobe pp
Club: Challengers
Age: 26years
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Self confident, when Kyobe decides to bat freely it is a master–class. He has been on form with his club since being dropped from the team for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand sighting indiscipline, all that has fueled him to want to prove a point and that will benefit team Uganda. Criticized for batting for himself and not the team in certain occasions.

PHILLIMON SELOWA
Club: TUT South Africa
Age: 28
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
A good bat brought in for reinforcement, he did not get as many runs as expected at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand but very consistent and should get runs.

HENRY SSENYONDO
henry senyondo
Club: Charity TF
Age: 21
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: slow left-arm orthodox
The slow turning wickets in the sub-continent favors spin and that is what Ssenyondo provides, having put his injury worries behind him, he should have a good tournament.

JONATHAN SEBANJA
jonathan sebanja
Club: Charity TF
Age: 26
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Left-arm medium-fast
He has come into his own recently and accepts more responsibility, he has improved with bat and bowl and that will be important for Team Uganda.

SULEIMAN SHARIF
Club: KICC
Age: 29
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Only recently made his debut on the national team, he gave a good account of himself and comes off as an all-rounder.

NAEEM BARDAI
naeem bardai
Club: Hatherley & Reddings (UK)
Age: 22
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
He will be the lead Wicket-keeper and also a good bat. He knows the basics well and a confident young man making his debut for Team Uganda at an International tournament.

THE OFFICIALS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/COACH: PETER KIRSTEN
peter kirsten
Assistant Coach: MICHEAL NDIKO
Manager: ANDREW MEYA
Physiotherapist: TANIA LE ROUX
tania le roux

ICC W.CRICKET LEAGUE DIV III 
TEAM UGANDA FIXTURES
OCTOBER 23-30 2014

Oct 23 4:30am: Nepal v Uganda at (Kinrara Academy Oval) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 24 4:30am: Singapore v Uganda at (Kinrara Academy Oval) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 26, 2014 4:30am: Uganda v U.S.A. at (Selangor Turf Club) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 27 4:30am: Malaysia v Uganda at (Bayeumas Oval) Selangor 

Oct 29 4:30am: Bermuda v Uganda at (Bayeumas Oval) Selangor
 
PREPARED BY AISHA NASSANGA KAWOWO SPORTS

Ruyange keen to make most of national team comeback

It is often difficult for many sportsmen to regain their top form once they suffer injuries or undergo surgeries.

Such has been the case for Daniel Ruyange. The multi-talented player has not fully regained his fast bowling mojo ever since he tore muscles in his right shoulder while representing Uganda at the 2009 ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three event in Argentina.

Lucky enough, the 29-year-old returned to action after one year and is now part of national coach Peter Kirsten’s plans as Uganda finalises preparations for the upcoming WCL in Malaysia.

“From the time I underwent surgery, my performance has never been the same,” Ruyange said in an exclusive interview early this week.

“The last five years have been tough for me but I am glad to be back into the national team set-up,” he said. Within the last half-a-decade, he played at the ICC 2011 WCL Div.II in UAE and the ICC Regional Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier here last year.

And now, all-rounder Ruyange is the only second player after club-mate Suleman Sharif in the senior national side selected from the men’s Division Two National 50-Over League largely because of his good displays with both bat (565 runs in 11 innings) and ball (15 wickets) that helped KICC earn promotion to the top-flight next year.

“Playing in the lower league helps to build my confidence and improves my game especially with the bat,” he said. It is the second successive time he has helped a team get promoted to the top tier after Challengers last year.

And Ruyange, a doubles partner to his sibling tennis ace Duncan Mugabe, now wants to shift the form from the red and blue club stripe to the yellow national colours when they travel to play on the small spin-favouring pitches in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

“The form partly showed while we were in national camp recently in South Africa. The wickets in Malaysia are flat and they favour batsmen, so I expect even a better performance,” a confident Ruyange noted before hinting on how to tackle the spin bowlers. 
“In training, we are working hard against spin and foot movement on the wicket and good enough the coach is not putting us on pressure,”

“Once our top-order batsmen like Arthur (Kyobe) and Roger (Mukasa) play longer innings, then a top-two finish in Malaysia will be on the cards for us,” he added.

Team to Malaysia 
Frank Nsubuga (captain), Brian Masaba (asst. captain), Roger Mukasa, Daniel Ruyange, Arthur Kyobe, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Jonathan Ssebanja, Davis Karashani, Hamu Kayondo, Henry Ssenyondo, Naeem Bardai, Selowa Mukobe, Lawrence Ssematimba and Suleman Sharif.
OFFICIALS: Andrew Meya (team manager), Peter Kirsten (coach/ technical director), Tania Le Roux (physiotherapist).

ICC W. CRICKET LEAGUE DIV. 3 
TEAM UGANDA FIXTURES
OCTOBER 23-30
October 23: Nepal vs. Uganda (Kinrara Academy Oval) 
October 24: Uganda vs. Singapore (Kinrara Academy Oval)
October 26: USA vs. Uganda (Selangor Turf Club)
October 27: Malaysia vs. Uganda (Bayeumas Oval) 
October 29: Uganda vs. Bermuda (Bayeumas Oval)

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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)

International Cricket Council's Edward Fitzgibbon Gives UCA a big ago ahead in Organizing the ICC Div III World Tourney

International Cricket Council-ICC tournament, inspector in charge of ICC development and events management Edward has no doubts ICC's choice for Uganda to host the ICC Division III tournament was a right one.

After three days of Ovals and Pitch inspections, Edward who landed into the country last Monday told the media Thursday morning that the country has excellent play surfaces for any Cricket player to play on.

Taking the media through his inspection experience of the three lined up Ovals to host the tournament games, he said Entebbe Oval has a good play wicket ground and its field is also leveled and playable.

Coming to Lugogo Oval, the official said there is no doubt Lugogo Cricket Oval is the very best that Uganda has at the moment and while talking about the facility located just below National Council of Sports Offices undergoing renovation, he said it's one of the best Ovals in the East African region if not the best itself.

Fitzgibbon however expressed his skepticism on the Kyambogo Oval. It has a good and playable wicket but somehow its surface is bumpy but between today and October, UCA will have worked on its surface, the hopeful Edward told the media.

One other big concern by the ICC official was that UCA still has a lot of work to upgrade their facilities and put them to the very best of the standards as required by ICC playing field standards.

On the question of whether Uganda is better off than other countries that placed their host bids, Edward said at least the conditions in Uganda are almost the same like those in Bermuda and Nepal countries that had also bid to host the tournament before it was handed over to Uganda.

Its almost the same situation everywhere and there is no doubt Uganda will have the tournament organized successfully, he retaliated.

Uganda has also been a good associate member of ICC and ACA so there is no doubt ICC had to award UCA the rights to host this very important tournament, he added.

Edward, who could not hide his skepticism about the facilities in Uganda, said the tournament will give UCA something to learn from the top ranking ICC umpires and players who will descend to Uganda this October for the tournament.

Edward and Sean, the ICC security manager are in the country to authenticate the ability, security and capacity of the local UCA Ovals.

This inspection exercise that was done over three working days enables the inspection team and the host nation address a host of issues. They scrutinized the facilities and addressed any security concerns to ensure that the tournament runs smoothly come October.

Security meetings have been scheduled with different groups which include the police, national council of sports, embassies and the high commissions for the respective countries that will take part in the ICC Division III tournament.

The two ICC officials then will make their recommendations to the Uganda Cricket Association on what they feel should be done and also make a comprehensive report to their bosses at ICC.

The ICC tournament is scheduled for 26th October to 2nd November 2014.

Hosts Uganda, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, United States of America and Bermuda are the six national teams to compete in the event. The top two earns promotion to the lucrative ICC World Cricket League division II.

By Daniels N. Tatya

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