Mukono Parents lifted their maiden Pepsi Schools Cricket Week title, on just their third appearance, in emphatic style on Friday.
A 53-run victory over 2002 winners Jinja SS in a one-sided Twenty20 affair at Lugogo Oval was enough to gift them the trophy.
Also, Mukono became the fourth different side to emerge top in the last 11 editions. “Our goal has come to pass,” an excited Mukono skipper Lawrence Ssempijja told Sunday Monitor on making history. “We did well and deserve to be the champions. This is magical.”
Indeed they are deserved winners. Mukono, who have made the last four since first appearance, won this tournament unbeaten including a 42-run victory over holders Kololo SS at the semifinals. “We just want to keep together and defend our title for the next years to come,” last year’s man-of-series Ssempijja added. The Charity Trust Fund youngster scored 11 runs after he was asked to bat first by his opponent all-rounder Kenneth Waiswa.
But it was Ssempijja’s brother Simon Ssesaazi, who exhibited much-needed batting urgency with six fours and three sixes in his sizzling unbeaten knock of 78* off 60 balls as Mukono set 139 for 5. Ssesaazi snapped up the man-of-match and tournament’s best player awards with figures of 3 for 13 that left Jinja stuck at 86 for 8. Opener Calvin Watuwa (22 off 37) and Sadam Oyaga (32 off 34) top scored for Jinja.
Ssesaazi finished with a total 279 runs and 15 wickets from seven innings each.
“We worked hard but the best team took the day,” Jinja coach Habibu Mugalula said in a ‘defiant in defeat’ tone.
PEPSI BOYS SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK - FINAL
Mukono Parents 139/5 Jinja SS 86/8
Best Wicket Keeper: Maulik Patel (Aga Khan) - 9 dismissals
Best Fielder: Gerald Asiku (Nyakasura School) - 8 dismissals
Best Bowler: Calvin Watuwa (Jinja SS) - 15 wickets
Best Batsman: Derrick Bakunzi (Mukono Parents) - 245 runs
Player of the Series: Simon Ssesaazi (Mukono Parents) - 279 runs & 15 wickets