OTWANI, NAKRANI SPUR CRICKET CRANES TO SIX-WICKET WIN OVER HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong 147 Waqas Barkat (26) Aizaz Khan (24)
  • Uganda 150/4 (36.2/50 ov, target 148) Arnold Otwani (66) and Dinesh Nakrani (57)
  • Uganda won by 6 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)

Uganda has completed the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B with a perfect record in Oman.

The Cricket Cranes won their fifth straight game at Al Amerat on Wednesday thanks largely to Arnold Otwani. The wicketkeeper and stand-in skipper in the absence of Brian Masaba took four catches and scored a patient half-century to guide the Cricket Cranes to a six-wicket win over pre-tournament favourites Hong Kong.

Otwani won the toss and put Hong Kong to the bat. Richard Agamiire, playing his first tournament for the Cricket Cranes, was again trusted with the bowling duties and impressed immensely during his ten-over spell.

Cricket UgandaRichard Agamiire impressed with the ball again

Agamiire 2/26 along with Bilal Hassun 3/33 never let Hong Kong get going despite the first wicket falling in the ninth over. Hong Kong just had 24 runs on board and no player put up more than 27 runs on board.

Hong Kong was reduced to 102/7 with the introduction of Henry Senyondo and Frank Nsubuga in the bowling attack and eventually bundled out for 147.

The chase did not start off well for Cricket Cranes as struggling Roger Mukasa fell for just 7 runs with the sixth ball. Shazad Kamal and Ronak Patel followed shortly leaving Uganda reeling at 29/3 after 11 overs.

Kenneth Waiswa was gone before he could settle at the crease and Cricket Cranes looked like were in a place of bother.

Cricket UgandaArnold Otwani was named player of the match

However, a patient knock from Arnold Otwani 66(112) and Dinesh Nakrani 57(66) helped Uganda seal a six-wicket win with 82 balls to spare.

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

RICKET CRANES STAY PERFECT WITH DOMINANT WIN AGAINST BERMUDA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Bermuda 208 (Kamau Leverock 50, Henry Ssenyondo 4/38)
  • Uganda 211/3 (Shahzad Ukani 86, Ronak Patel 72) (40.1/50 overs, target 209)
  • Uganda won by 7 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)

The Cricket Cranes are having a joy ride in Oman after picking up their third win at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

The demons of 2018 have been forgotten as the Cricket Cranes have put together a very good winning run that has seen them top the table.

Uganda made two changes from the side that defeated neighbours Kenya with Henry Ssenyondo returning in the place of youngster Richard Agamire and Arnold Otwani making way for Fred Achellam.

Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat a decision that was justified by their start. Three of their top 4 batsmen scoring half-centuries.

At 159/3, Bermuda looked set for a big total but the wheels came off with the remaining seven batsmen scoring only 50 runs as the Cricket Cranes restricted Bermuda to just 209 all out in 45.2 overs. Henry Ssenyondo 4/35 was the pick of the bowlers for the Cricket Cranes.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowling

In the chase, the top still failed to hold for the Cricket Cranes as Roger Mukasa came and went and Kenneth Waiswa who was promoted to 3 also didn’t stay long. The match-winning partnership was of the second wicket with Shahzad Ukani Kamal (86) and Ronak Patel (72) combining to take the game away from Bermuda. Even the departure of Shahzad with only 13 runs needed didn’t matter much as Dinesh Nakrani finished the game in style with a boundary.

The third win on the bounce for the Cricket Cranes means they are guaranteed of finishing among the top 4 teams and if they can find another win, they will surely finish among the Top 2.

The team takes a break for now and will be back in action on Monday when they take on Italy.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

BRIAN MASABA LEADS FROM THE FRONT AS CRICKET CRANES PICK FAMOUS WIN AGAINST KENYA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Kenya 253/6 (Naman Patel (60), Dhiren Ghondaria (53) Frank Nsubuga 2/38) Uganda 254/7 (Ronak Patel (80), Shahzad Ukani (60) (49.2/50 overs, target 254)
  • Uganda won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

He might have scored only 22 runs but Brian Masaba offered himself when the team needed him instead of throwing the responsibility to someone else he joined walked in with 47 runs needed for the win.

With the set Ronak Patel departing someone had to step up and cometh the moment cometh Brian Masaba. He put his skill to the test scoring crucial runs in a pressure situation with veteran Frank Nsubuga to guide Uganda to a famous victory over neighbours Kenya.

With Charles Waiswa out due to injury, Richard Agamire got his chance and the flat Henry Ssentondo was also replaced by youngster Kenneth Waiswa to make the tail longer.

Uganda won the toss and elected to field first but on a batting surface, the bowlers struggled for consistency.

Kenyan openers were largely untroubled putting on a 88 for the first wicket before veteran Frank Nsubuga broke the partnership. Wickets were not easy to come by for the Cricket Cranes with the Simbas having some good partnerships in the middle that helped them accumulate 253/6 in the 50 overs.

The chase for Uganda didn’t get off to a good start with Roger Mukasa (13) and Arnold Otwani (4) falling early before a third-wicket partnership of 100 runs between Shahzad Kamal Ukani (60) and Ronak Patel (80) steadied the ship. Once Shahzad was gone, the on-form Dinesh Nakrani (37) threw some nasty blows as the rate started to climb.

Patel was due a big contribution and he repaid the faith of the selectors with a well-timed knock but his fall with over 50 runs needed nearly derailed the chase. However, Brian Masaba stepped up to knock off the deficit with veteran Frank Nsubuga to claim a famous three-wicket win.

This is the first time Uganda is defeating Kenya in an ICC competition and also a second win for team Uganda at the tournament in Oman.

There is no rest for team Uganda as they will be back in action tomorrow to take on Bermuda.

A third win for the Cricket Cranes will most definitely mean they finish among the top 4 the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

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.

CRICKET CRANES OFF TO OMAN FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Uganda Cricket Association today flagged off a contingent of 14 players accompanied by 7 officials as they start their qualification journey for the 2023 World Cup.

The new qualification format was created last year with Uganda placed in Group B alongside neighbors Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Each of the teams will play a maximum of 15 ODIs scheduled across three rounds. The first was supposed to be hosted by Hong Kong but due to the political situation in the country, the tournament was moved to Oman.

Uganda had a horror visit to Oman in 2018 when they finished bottom of Division 3 World Cricket League and they will be looking at rewriting that script with a good show this time around.

Brian Masaba will be leading the side in his first major ICC tournament but had an audition for the job on the build-up tour in Zimbabwe.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsBrian Masaba

The 14-man team will travel with a selector for the first time in the history of Uganda Cricket and he will be tasked with making the tough decisions while on tour.

The Cricket Cranes will play their first game on Monday, December 2 against Jersey.

The team departed Kampala this evening aboard Emirates and will arrive in the desert nation early on Saturday morning.

Travelling Contingent

  • Players: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain), 2. Roger Mukasa, 3. Arnold Otwani, 4. Kenneth Waiswa, 5. Frank Nsubuga, 6. Shahzad Kamal Ukani, 7. Dineshkumar Nakrani, 8. Ronak Patel, 9. Richard Agamire, 10. Bilal Hassun, 11. Riazat Ali Shah 12. Charles Waiswa, 13. Henry Ssenyondo 14. Frank Nsubuga.
  • Coaches: Steve Tikolo (Head Coach) and Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)
  • Team Officials: Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager), Habiba Kulsum (Physiotherapist), Richard Gideon Okia (Selector), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst) and Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager)
Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsSteve Tikolo

Uganda’s Fixtures

  • 2nd December: Uganda vs. Jersey, OC Turf 1
  • 5th December: Uganda vs. Kenya, OC Turf 2
  • 6th December: Uganda vs. Bermuda, OC Turf 1
  • 9th December: Uganda vs. Italy, OC Turf 2
  • 11th December: Uganda vs. Hong Kong, OC Turf 1
 

CRICKET CRANES FALL TO STRONG TAKASHINGA SELECT SIDE BY 8 WICKETS

Takashinga put together a very strong Select Side that took on the Cricket Cranes on Wednesday.

The Select Side included the newly appointed Director of Cricket for Zimbabwe Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe internationals Timcen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, and Innocent Kai.

The visitors batted first and were quickly reduced to 7/2 inside two overs with Roger Mukasa and Brian Masaba back in the dressing room. Arnold Otwani (31) and Ronak Patel (40) steadied the ship with a 60-run partnership until the former was out at 67/3.

Dinesh Nakrani (21) continued his good form on tour but it was all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah (54) who batted well with most of the tail to propel the score to 193/8 in 50 overs.

Cricket UgandaTakashinga Select

In the chase, the experienced Takashinga side gave the visitors no chance with the opening pair of Innocent Kaia (100) and Kudza Maunze (30) putting up an opening stand of 99 with the former going on to score a century but he was not there to finish the job as Joylord Gumbie (34) and Timcen Maruma (16) knocked off the deficit to give the hosts an 8 wicket win.

This was the third game for the Cricket Cranes on the Zimbabwe tour on which they have lost two games and won one.

The team will take a break tomorrow (Thursday) and will play their fourth game on Friday.

Prepared by Denis Musali

SIXTEEN-MAN CRICKET CRANES SQUAD TO TOUR ZIMBABWE NAMED

Uganda Cricket has named 16 players that will travel to Zimbabwe for a build-up tour ahead of the World Challenge League.

The tour will be used to assess the quality within the side before a final 14 will be selected for the World Challenge League due in Oman from 1-12 December.

The training squad of 12 players will form the core of the touring with four other players added. Dinesh Nakrani and Ronak Patel were added to the side with left-arm pace bowler Jonathan Ssembanja and Bilal Hassan also been given a chance to sneak into the final 14.

The team will play five ODIs against select sides in Zimbabwe, the touring party will be hosted by Takashinga Cricket Club who have a great relationship with Uganda Cricket.

Steve Tikolo and his technical team will use the trip to assess the strength of the side. Roger Mukasa has looked loose in the trial games and without the captaincy baggage, he will look in fine form. Hamu Kayondo, Arnold Otwani, and the returning Shahzad Kamal will be looking to make the most of the trip as they test themselves against quality opposition.

Richard Agamire on his first trip with the senior team has an opportunity to show what he has got to confirm his place on the final 14.

There is no official communication on who the permanent captain of the team will be but Brian Masaba will lead the side on Zimbabwe Tour.

UGANDA TOUR TO ZIMBABWE (TAKASHINGA)

3 NOVEMBER – 10 NOVEMBER 2019

DAY TIME DATE MONTH YEAR ACTIVITY VENUE
Sunday   3 November 2019 Arrive in Zimbabwe Robert Int
Monday 9.30am 4 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga U23 Takashinga
Tuesday 9.30am 5 November 2019 Uganda vs O.Hararians Old Hararians
Wednesday 9.30am 6 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Thursday   7 November 2019 Rest & Practice Takashinga
Friday 9.30am 8 November 2019 Uganda vs Zim U19 Takashinga
Saturday 9.30am 9 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Sunday   10 November 2019 Depart Robert Int
             
             
             

PLAYERS

  1. ARNOLD OTWANI
  2. SHAZAD UKANI
  3. RIAZAT ALI SHA
  4. ROGER MUKASA
  5. CHARLES WAISWA
  6. KENNETH WAISWA
  7. BRIAN MARK MASABA
  8. HENRY SSENYONDO
  9. FRED ACHELAM
  10. RICHARD AGAMIRE
  11. BAGENDA HAMU KAYONDO
  12. FRANK NSUBUGA
  13. RONAK BHARATBHAI PATEL
  14. DINESH KUMAR MAGALAL NAKRANI
  15. JONATHAN SEBANJA
  16. BILAL HASSUN

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  1. JACKSON KAVUMA – TEAM MANAGER
  2. STEPHEN TIKOLO – HEAD COACH
  3. JACKSON OGONJI – OGWANG ASST. COACH
  4. HABIBA KULUSUMU – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
  5. ALVIN MBOIJANA BAGAYA – ANALYST

PREPARED BY: Denis Musali 

 

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