MWIRI FACE TRICKY MUKONO PARENTS WHILE ST JOHN’S TAKE ON NYAKASURA IN SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK SEMIFINALS

The Schools Cricket Week has reached the business end as the men have been separated from the boys.

After three days of group action, Busoga College Mwiri and St John’s Kauga remain the only unbeaten sides and favourites for the finals on Saturday morning.

However, before the finals, both sides will have to negotiate very tricky semifinals but with St John’s having the easier tie.

St John’s emerged top of the difficult Group B that has two previous winners in Jinja SSS, Mukono Parents and St Johns who were losing finalists last year.

They will face Nyakasura who finished second in Group A that had most of the upcoming schools. This semifinal will be played at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

In the exciting semifinal of the day defending champions, Busoga College Mwiri will be taking on two-time winners Mukono Parents.

Mukono has relied on Trevor Bukenya and Juma Miyagi to get this far and they will be the key players in the semifinal. On the other hand, the defending champions have been setting records with a record opening stand of 342 between Hassan Mpanuka (164 not out) and Ronald Opio (128 not out) against a helpless Makerere College School. However, all these records will mean nothing if they can’t take care of Mukono Parents to make the final on Saturday. This semifinal will be at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

This expanded edition of the Schools Cricket Week has had 14 teams from just 12 schools last year and has seen the return schools such as Makerere College and Kiira College Butiiki.

The finals of the week-long tournament will be held on Saturday morning at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

BUSOGA COLLEGE MWIRI WINS 18TH CRICKET WEEK TITLE UNBEATEN

Busoga College Mwiri claimed their 18th Cricket Week crown after defeating St John’s High School by 65 runs.

The early morning final was an easy game for Mwiri who posted 143/4 in 20 overs. In reply, St John’s never got going as Mwiri put the brakes on putting up wickets at regular intervals. Suleiman Mwebaze claimed the final wicket to spark celebrations among the big Mwiri crowd.

Both Mwiri and St John’s High School were the only unbeaten sides in the week-long tournament that ended today with Mwiri winning tournament unbeaten.

The 2019 edition of the Schools Cricket Week had 14 teams with games played in Lugogo, Kyambogo, Budo, Gayaza and Ndejje.

Mwiri also claimed three of the five individual awards;

  • Hassan Mpanuka – Player of the tournament
  • Cyrus Kakuru – Best Wicketkeeper
  • Ronald Opio – Best Batsman

Kakaire Godfrey from Masaka SSS and Edwin Nuwagaba from St John’s High School scooped the best bowler and best fielder awards respectively.

Twenty players were selected from all the schools that participated for a high-performance camp that will run from September 1-8. These players will be handled by three specialist coaches and they will form the basis of the next generation of junior cricketers.

Boys' Schools Cricket Week 2019 - Makerere College Back, Can Mwiri Win 18th Crown?

The boy’s schools cricket week edition of 2019 will see the return of Makerere College even though they got a wild card to the tournament as hosts. Makerere College is one of the four pioneer schools of the cricket week that started in 1939 alongside Kings College Budo, Busoga College Mwiri and Nyakasura School.

In the history of the school’s cricket week, Makerere College is better known for being the hosts of the annual tournament. The proximity of the school to most of the grounds used during the tournament makes them the ideal host plus the Wandegeya nightlife is also a thing for students to enjoy after a long day of standing in the sun.

However, everything is not lost in Makerere College being the hosts of the tournament, they have produced some of the best talents in Uganda Cricket. Maco Lutaaya, Innocent Ndawula, Fred Isabirye, Arthur Kyobe, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Nyakana, Daniel Ruyange, Madish Patel,  Diana Musiime, and Lydia Bakumpe have all gone through Makerere College. The problems of being an urban school caught up with them as they could no longer access the University Oval that would help them keep the game alive in the school.

All in all, it is refreshing to have Makerere College back in the school’s cricket week, as long as they are playing they will get better. 

Favorites

Defending Champions and seventeen-time winners of the school’s cricket week Busoga College Mwiri are favorites. Despite losing some of the 2018 title-winning team and they are still a very capable side. The problem of Mwiri has been a failure to groom cricketers relying on students from other schools but since the turn of the year Mwiri has made a genuine effort to introduce the game to juniors which should serve them well in future. Ronald Opio will have to bear the bulk of most of the run-scoring with Collins Okwalinga tasked with taking wickets.

St Johns Mukono is another team that should be a threat, they have a big group of U19’s some of whom are in Nairobi for the Star Field Tournament. Their strength is their ability to rely on one another considering they have played together for a long time. They lost to Mwiri in the final last year and they will be hoping that this time they can go all the way.

Mukono SSS is another school that should at least make the last four, they will be led by Juma Miyagi and Simon Oketcho. Mukono has won the schools tournament on two previous occasions which makes them dangerous since they know the feeling of being a champion. 

Dark Horses

Nyakasura School lost a generation that should have won them the school’s cricket week but in Pascal Murungi and Joseph Baguma they have talent that can hurt any team. While in the past Nyakasura was always content with soda and T-shirts, the mindset changed when they started playing in the league three years ago they have shown the hunger to go all the way and they will be no pushovers. 

Jinja SSS just like Nyakasura lost a lot of players after they finished their high school education but Coach Habib Mugalula has produced talent every year and he knows to get the best out of his troops despite their skill levels.

Masaka SSS has not quite dominated the boys game as they have done with the gilrs but they are closing the gap on their more historical rivals. The lack of competition in their region also inhibits their ability to test their skills before coming to Kampala but if coach Yusuf Nanga has done his homework he will be able to make the knockouts at least.

Mentions

These days Ndejje SSS and Ntare School are never interested in winning the cricket week despite having a rich history. Both were very powerful cricket schools that produced very fine cricketers in the late 90s and early 2000’s but that history is lost on the current generation. The cricket week for them is just another school event where they will take anything they get.

Teso College will travel from the furthest place to take part in the cricket week, while they are limited by resources they never seem content with settling for a trip to Kampala. They give their best in every game and once the resource gap is bridged they will be contenders in a few years to come.

Kololo SSS previous winners of the school’s cricket week have fallen off the radar for a while, they have produced the talent but most of it has moved to other schools.

This year the tournament has grown to 14 schools that came through the respective Regional qualification process as follows - Ntare School and Nyakasura School (Western Region), Jinja Senior Secondary School, Busoga High School, Kira College Butiki and Busoga College Mwiri (Eastern Region), Masaka Senior Secondary School (South Western Region), Kings College Budo, Mukono Parents School, Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kyambogo College School, and St John High School (Central Region) and Teso College Aloet (Soroti Region). Makerere College School was granted a wild card entry this year as the host school.

 Prepared by : Denis Musali

Mwiri win 16th Cricket Week title

BUSOGA College Mwiri claimed a record 16th crown after thumping Kololo SS in a rematch of last year's final of the Pepsi Boys Schools Cricket Week.

 

In match-up of the top contenders of the 2015 edition, there was little to separate Mwiri and Kololo. Not only did the two teams reach the final game without losing a game, they came in as defending co-champions.

 

While Mwiri had arguably been the more explosive team on the way to the championship round, the game was delicately poised. But Mwiri had five players score in double figures as they raced to 115/6 in 20 overs to put the pressure on Kololo.

 

Zephania Arinaitwe, Joseph Byaruhanga, Kenneth Waiswa (who was named Man-of-series), David Wabwire and Donald Opio scored 20, 17, 17, 17 and 16 runs respectively for Mwiri SS, with Siraje Nsubuga and Simon Oketcho claiming two wickets apiece for Jinja SS.

 

Mwiri's bowling unit had been outstanding all tournament long, bowling out Mukono Parents for 48 in as late as the semi-finals. Kololo had their work cut out and as it turned out, they didn't cut it.

 

Mwiri's pace dismantled Kololo, restricting them to 85/10 in 20 overs. Mwiri skipper Wabwire claimed a game-best 3/17 while Davis Aciire, Waiswa and Collins Okwalinga added two wickets apiece.

 

"We were organized as a team," said Mwiri star Waiswa said. "We lived up to the tactics of the coach. We expected to win even though Kololo surprised us with their spirited fight." 

 

Final

Mwiri 115/6 Kololo 85 (Mwiri win by 30 runs)

Semis

Mwiri 112 Mukono 48 (Mwiri win by 62 runs)

Jinja 77/8 Kololo 78/4 (Kololo win by six wickets)

Award Winners

Man of series: Kenneth Waiswa – BC Mwiri

Best batsman: John Gabula – Kyambogo college

Best bowler: Simon Ssesaazi – Mukono Parents

Best fielder: Gerald Mubiru – Kololo SS

Best wicketkeeper: Hillary Balyeijuka – Nyakasura School 

 

PREPARED By: Kasozi Balikuddembe & Charles Mutebi ( New Vision)

Big four reach Schools Cricket Week semis

Unlike last year when dark horses Nyakasura School stormed the party and dumped 15-time winners Busoga College Mwiri to reach the semifinals of the Pepsi Schools Cricket Week, the big four; Mukono Parents, Jinja SS, Kololo SS and Mwiri have lived up to the billing this year and will face off in today’s semifinals at Lugogo and Kyambogo Oval.
Defending champions Mukono Parents face Kololo SS in a repeat of last year’s semifinal fixture at Lugogo Oval this morning whereas 2002 winner Jinja SS lock horns with record winners Mwiri at Kyambogo Oval.
Mukono defeated Kololo by 42 runs last year but with two of their star players; Derrick Bakunzi (Best Batsman last year) and all-rounder Simon Ayella done with school, the holders have lost their aura of invincibility.
They lost to rejuvenated Mwiri by four wickets in a low-scoring thriller and their two other stars in last year’s Player of the Tournament Simon Ssesaazi and Lawrence Ssempijja, who ply their trade for Charity Trust Fund Cricket Club, have struggled for consistency.
But their coach Frank Nsubuga, the new national captain, is unfazed.
“We beat Kololo SS in the final of the Central Region qualifiers two weeks ago. We are not scared. My boys know what to do and some of them have league experience.”
Kololo SS coach Jackson Okwang will demand for big plays from his top players including Siraje Nsubuga (Challengers CC) and Boris Aguma (Charity TF).
But Emmanuel Isaneez and Abraham Oduch, the two men in charge of Mwiri, are certain that they can topple ‘stubborn’ Jinja SS despite the former outlasting them in the final of the Eastern region.
“We are like a hot plate,” joked Isaneez after yesterday’s victory over Mukono. “We want to burn everything in our way. Our plan is to restrict them to 40 all out and if we bat first, we will be targeting 120 runs.”
Mwiri will be led by former King’s College Budo captain David Wabwire, who boasts of free wicket-taking Collins Okwalinga (14 wickets), Richard Agamire and Zephania Arinaitwe in his ranks.
Jinja SS coach Habib Mugalula will bank on Sadam Oyaga, Eddie Agaba, Steven Wawase and big-hitting all-rounder Kenneth Waiswa.

BC Mwiri vs. Jinja SS
Kololo SS vs. Mukono Parents
Final: 2pm at Lugogo Cricket Oval

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