At about 4:30pm, there were still a few drizzles after a downpour at Lugogo Oval yesterday.
The Pepsi Boys’ Schools Cricket Week final had just been washed out for the second time in three years.
The anticipated clash between Jinja Secondary School and Mukono Parents School had not taken place.
At the time, neither Yemi Alade and Sauti Sol’s Africa nor Winnie Nwagi’s Musawo could lighten up the somber mood. “Some of us had come to watch a fitting finale but the rain has spoiled the day,” senior national women’s team captain Naome Kayondo said. But Mukono had not missed out to add to their 2013 title.
They were later declared champions on grounds that they earned the highest points tally in the group stages of the competition.
“It feels good,” Mukono Parents’ assistant captain Zephaniah Arinaitwe said shortly after receiving the trophy with skipper Rogers Olipa. “We did well and surely deserved to take home this gong,” added Arinaitwe, who was voted player of series with 455 runs and 15 in seven matches
The team had won all five Group B matches to total 70 points while Jinja had accumulated 49 points for second in Group A.
Mukono coach Frank Nsubuga largely credited Olipa and Arinaitwe’s leadership for the feat. “Without Zepha, it would have really been tight,” Nsubuga said. “But I still congratulate the boys for their effort since we began the work in June.” Earlier in the day, Nile Club batsman Arinaitwe, who struck a tournament record of 206 runs off 54 balls against Ntare, had missed out on a second tournament ton.
The 15-year-old combined 12 fours and two sixes for a half-century of 92 runs off 53 balls as they dispatched an impressive Nyakasura School by 118 runs in the morning semifinal at Kyambogo.
But Jinja, too, had just stunned record winners Busoga College Mwiri by six wickets courtesy of Calvin Watuwa’s 34*-run-a-ball for their first final.
After that, coach Habibu Mugalula was massively let down by the no-show. “I am very disappointed. Very disappointed,” he said.
“Their best player is Zepha who has never scored against Jinja in the Week and I had a plan for Nsubuga’s team,” Mugalula added.
CRICKET SCHOOLS WEEK
FINAL: Mukono Parents vs. Jinja SSS
(Match washed out)
BS Mwiri 88/9 Jinja SSS 89/4
(Jinja SSS won by 6 Wickets)
Mukono PS 190/2 Nyakasura 72/8
(Mukono PS won by 118 runs)