Mukono Parents nick Jinja SS to cricket title

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.


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)

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Jinja SS retain T20 title

Thrilling is a word inappropriately used many a time. But to say the Mehta Premier League T20 finale between Jinja Secondary School and Pioneer Cricket Club at Lugogo Oval on Sunday was overly exciting would be an understatement.

Jinja SS defended their trophy in style by outwitting this year’s National Women’s 40-Over League champions Pioneer by seven runs in the Super Over decider. It was that sort of day for coach Habibu Mugalula’s student-packed side that had earlier rallied to edge Sam Walusimbi’s Wanderers by four runs in the tense low-scoring semifinal duel.

But tactics and passion bettered experience and reputations as Mugalula’s girls showed a lot of character to equal the set target of 81 after they looked short of ideas at 58 for 5 in 14.3 overs. Captain ‘Fantastic’ Claire Mushakamba (17 off 21) and the well-built Dinah Adong (13 off 13) dug deep and ensured Jinja SS would live to fight one more time in the lottery that is the Super Over. It was the same combo of Adong (5*), Mushakamba (1) and best batter Rita Musamali (4*) that helped amass 10 runs in the Super Over before Musamali returned with ball to give away on three runs in five balls as Pioneer ran out of resources with the pair of Player of Series Pricco Nakitende (1) and Best Bowler Carol Namugenyi (0) run out to leave big-hitter Franklyn Najjumba stranded at one end.

“We got our tactics wrong in the Super Over,” Rita Tinka, Pioneer CC’s manager said. “We should have given the ball to a different bowler in the Super Over and we got our batting combination wrong too. At least everyone chipped in.”
For Mushakamba, the finale was won in the dugout. “Our tactics were better. Our coach (Mugalula) asked us to deny them singles and they played into our hands.

They were looking to go big and that is why they didn’t get more than 81. We are happy to end the tough year with a trophy.”


Results - Semifinals
Pioneer 64/7 Charity TF 61/9
Jinja SS 46/7 Wanderers 42/9
Pioneer 81/6 Jinja SS 81/7
Super Over Decider
Jinja SS 10/1 Pioneer 3/2
Jinja SS win by 7 runs

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