Jazz Safari National Ladies’ League Tournament Favorites Square Up For Mouth Watering Clash

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Olila High CC Vs Aziz Damani CC

Saturday 29th, 2018

10:30am 

Players To Watch

Olila High CC:    
Rachael Ntono
Janet Mbabazi
Esther Illokur
Damalie Busingye
Joyce Mary Apio                                                                     

Aziz Damani CC:      
Immaculate Nakisuyi
Getrude Candiru
Consy Aweko
Teddy Oyella
Sarah Bakhita

Lugogo will play host to probably the biggest game in ladies’ cricket this yeah with the tournament favourites Aziz Damani and Olila High CC clashing for honours.

Olila High Cricket Club opened their campaign with the narrowest of wins stolen from KICC on the opening day of fixtures. Boosted by that win, they go into this fixture with the confidence of denying their opponents a shot at glory.

Felix Musana, the pioneer of the Soroti Cricket Academy where the majority of the Olila High CC players come from was quoted saying;

“It is really good to play the game with the math in our heads online. When we set, we need to know what score we need, to bowl them out so as to get that bonus point. When we are chasing, we need to know the overs by which we should have chased that score. Cricket is a good sport if you clearly know how the math is done.”

In his response to the upcoming fixture, Aziz Damani head coach Yusuf Nanga had the briefest of words when he said;

“May the best team win the league.”

There will be no luck of talent at this star studded game when both team teams lock horns on Saturday in Lugogo. The likes of Racheal Ntono, she-cranes vice-captain Janet Mbabazi, Joyce-Mary Apio, among others will be ever present for Olila High. Damani will have the likes of Immaculate Nakisuyi, Getrude Candiru, Sarah Bakhita, among others to see to the Olila challenge.

Damani were denied the opportunity to garner some points on the table over the weekend when their fixture against Wanderers was cancelled due to the unavailability of the grounds at Kyambogo. If they were denied the opportunity to do so, then they have chance to prove their worth when they face Olila High.

This is going to be one of the best games of the season. Miss if you must.

 

Mukono’s Miyagi tons it up on Day Two of Cricket Week

Sixteen-time record winners Busoga College Mwiri and defending champions Jinja Secondary School made it a perfect three after three matches on Day Two of the 2018 Schools Cricket Week yesterday.

U-19 star Ronald Opio was the star as Mwiri defeated Rwanda Select XI by six wickets at Lugogo in the morning with spell of 2 for 9 that restricted the visitors to 96 all out in 18.1 overs and later returned with the bat for 21-ball 27 to knock off the desired runs in 15.3 overs.

Opio was at it in the afternoon with 15 runs off 13 balls as Mwiri chased down Masaka SS’ set target of 57 in just 7.5 overs for a seven-wicket win. Jinja SS also added to Monday’s perfect start with a commanding nine-wicket triumph over St James SS Jinja after the later set on 87.

Yesterday’s centurion Okecho managed 29 off 23 to remain atop the runs charts but it was Joel Elelu (4/3 in 4) that took the match gong.

Miyagi’s day
But the news of the day belonged to 15-year-old Juma Miyagi, who plies his trade for Ceylon Lions in the National League. The Mukono Parents all-rounder picked up two Man of the Match awards as his school overcame St James SS Jinja by 33 runs and Ntare School by 157 runs at King’s College Budo.

In the first game, Miyagi bowled impeccable lines enroute figures of 4 for 9 in 3.2 overs to restrict St James, who were chasing 243, to just 86 runs all out.

In the afternoon, the Baby Cranes player put on a masterclass with the bat to notch the tournament’s second ton of 104 off 49 balls. Coming on Miyagi peppered the boundary ropes 16 times with seven fours and nine monster sixes against Ntare School, who are just making a return to the national championship. Ntare’s consolation is that they had earlier got off the mark against Aga Khan School who they outlasted by 43 runs. 
Day Three promises more fireworks today.

By Innocent Ndawula & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Saudi visit to help players polish up for Malaysia trip

From the look of things, Uganda Cricket Association vowed to never take things for granted after the country got relegated at the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three championship last May.
Today, nearly all teams are accorded more attention by UCA than usual ahead of international engagements. The feeling of not enough done is still abound the senior men’s national team at it prepares for the ICC WCL Division Four championship in Malaysia next month.
After recent visits to Rwanda, Qatar and India in the last six months, the Cricket Cranes will now host the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a nine-day Bilateral Series in Kampala.
“We did a lot of purifying in Qatar and India,” said Cricket Cranes’ captain Roger Mukasa. Uganda lost 3-2 in the Qatar Series but was much better with a 7-1 win in the Tour of India.
Top-order batsman Mukasa reckons preparations for the April 28 - May 5 trip to Malaysia still need a test from the Saudis.
“We are not resting,” the Tornado Bee player stated ahead of the four limited-over matches and one T20 tie at Lugogo and Kyambogo starting tomorrow throughout the Easter weekend. “We needed some trials games to help players polish up a few things at individual level.” Mukasa added.
His coach Steve Tikolo does not differ much. “We achieved what we wanted to in (Qatar and India) but the way forward is simple, we have to keep training,” the Kenyan legend said in a recent interview.

The tour

BILATERAL SERIES ITINERARY
March 28: Saudi team arrival
March 29: Rest day
March 30: 50-Over Match (Kyambogo)
March 31: T20 Match (Kyambogo)
April 1: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 2: Rest Day
April 3: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 4: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 5: Departure

By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Makhtum Muziransa

Ssenyondo rallies batsmen as Uganda go 7-up

The fans have been gradually increasing in number to watch Uganda’s Tour to India matches here at the Mohanlal Desai Cricket Ground (Sanjay Farm) in South Gujarat, India.
Many of them have gone on to fall in love with the Cricket Cranes and support the coach Steve Tikolo-tutored outfit. Uganda have reciprocated the act by offering the natives as many autographs as per their wish.
But to many Indians, an autograph is not just a mere signature even if it’s from a budding cricket country’s national team player. It is equated to winning a million dollar jackpot in a casino.
And when Uganda wrapped their sixth win of the India Tour Series on Tuesday, the autograph-hunting locals told whoever cared to listen to them in the Ugandan camp that they (Cricket Cranes) would finally go down to highly-rated Bharuch District Cricket Association XI when the team met on the following day in a 40-over encounter.
Bharuch District C.A were the early birds in Chikhil Town having made a 150 kilometers road trip from the South Gujarat border to be in time for the 9.30am (7am Uganda time) pre-match toss yesterday.
Their captain Kayshap Prajapati swaggered into the middle for the toss with an aura of invincibility and when Uganda captain Roger Mukasa asked him to bat first, the former cut a posture of ‘thanks for playing into my hands’.
Prajapati (20 runs off 36 balls) returned to open the batting with Smith Patel (19 runs off 44 balls) played with assuredness as they reached 38 for no loss in 11.5 overs. 
But as they were planning to increase the scoring rate, Mukasa introduced his elder brother Frank Nsubuga, an off-spinner, into the attack.
Nsubuga (3 wickets for 8 runs in 7 overs) prized out both openers and Man of Match (MOM) Henry Ssenyondo (5 wickets for 6 runs in 5.3 overs) bowled exciting lines of deceit as the last nine wickets fell for 39 runs to leave the star-bolstered Bharuch C.A all out on 77 runs in only 31.3 overs.
Coach Tikolo’s plea to young openers Simon Ssesazi (13 runs off 23 balls) and Zephaniah Arinaitwe (6 runs off 11 balls) was that they chase down the set target without returning to the dug-out. 
But Arinaitwe was back for a quick shower at 21 for 1 in 3 overs and Ssesazi followed at 64 for 2 after 10.2 overs.

Yesterday’s results in Chikhil - 40 overs
Bharuch District C.A 77 runs all out in 31.3 overs lost to Uganda 80 runs for 5 wickets in 14.5 overs by five wickets with 151 balls remaining.
Man of Match: Henry Ssenyondo 
Today – 40-Over Match
Sterling Generators vs. Uganda

By Innocent Ndawula

Sanjay Farm, UCA partner for Cricket Cranes build-up tour

KAMPALA. A busy schedule looms for the Cricket Cranes and Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have opted to take the bull by its horns in preparation for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division IV in Malaysia as well as the Africa Twenty20 Cup in Rwanda.
To get the preparations started, a provisional squad of 17 will tour Qatar and India for invaluable match practice and exposure as they try to execute what they have been doing in training, thanks to UCA’s partnership with Cricket Sanjay Farm’s Swetal Desai.

On the backdrop of Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa’s involvement with the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Select Team that toured India last year, Desai was overwhelmingly impressed by the pair’s talent and pledged to support the development of cricket in Uganda.
UCA chairman Bashir Ansasiira travelled to India for a special meeting with Desai on December 26 last year and the two high caliber personalities fixed the tour for next month (February 17-23).

Team’s potential
Cricket Cranes Team Manager Jackson Kavuma, who alongside CEO Justine Ligyalingi and Operations Manager Martin Ondeko finalised the tour arrangements, said the purpose of this tour was not only to test the team’s potential.
“We are indebted to Cricket Sanjay Farm and Desai who are going to facilitate a bigger portion of our budget,” said Kavuma.

“The purpose of the tour is to also unleash cricketing skills in the remote part of South Gujarat and it will also hopefully open new dimensions for Uganda cricket.”
Before heading to India, coach Steve Tikolo and his men will camp in Qatar for a series of T20 and 50-over rubbers against the national side that is littered with classy players from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

SQUAD TO QATAR, INDIA

Batsmen: Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesaazi, Shahzad Kamal, Lloyd Patternot
All Rounders: Deus Muhumuza, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Irfan Afridi Riazat Shah
Wicket-Keeper: Fred Achelam
Spinner: Henry Ssenyondo
Pace Bowlers/Seamers: Charles Waiswa, Trevor Bukenya, Bilal Hassan
Reserves: Emmanuel Isaneez, Steven Wabwose.

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By INNOCENT NDAWULA

Damani up for genuine Challengers

While both teams have already been tipped by the bookmakers, Challengers and Aziz Damani have had contrasting starts to the 2017 Jazz Safari National Cricket League.

2016 runners-up Challengers were inspired by Arthur Kyobe’s 127-ball 108 century knock as they cleaned out the cobwebs and dust with a season opening 218-run win over Nile a fortnight ago.

To the contrary, Damani were welcomed to the topflight with a four-wicket loss to holders Tornado Bee last Sunday. For all Damani CEO Siva Koti’s investment, losing two in a row is an unacceptable.

Hence, star-filled Damani must break the duck against all odds when they meet Challengers in a highly-billed contest at Kyambogo Oval today. “After we lost to Tornado Bee,” Damani’s all-rounder Brian Masaba recollects, “We realised we can beat Challengers if we correct our mistakes. Our fielding was not up to scratch,” added the Cricket Cranes vice captain.

The 2017 UCA Super Cup champions Damani carelessly gave away runs in field, dropping catches in the process as Lawrence Ssematimba’s captivating half-ton of 50* off 86 helped opponents crawl to victory.

Ssematimba’s experience will be vital again as Tornado Bee face Nile in Entebbe.

Damani have added retired national team batsman Benjamin Musoke and off-spinner Fahad Sadiq. The latter will cherish the battle against his former club Challengers, who want to make it two in two.

“Damani are stronger opponents than Nile but we have the ammunition and must deliver,” Challengers’ left-armer Henry Ssenyondo said.

In Lugogo, Kutchi Tigers will face newly-promoted Charity Trust Fund - the first match for both clubs this season. Tigers, whose target is to make the top two, have signed former Patidar Samaj captain Ankit Patel and Shantilal Raghvani.

On the other hand, the Lawrence Ssempijja-led Charity have struggled to retain the services of Singh brothers Narindrer and Varinder.

They will bank on newly-recruited youngsters Ashraf Ssenkubuge, David Wabwose and Joseph Byaruhanga plus Ronald Opio, Simon Ssesaazi and Cricket Cranes star Jonathan Ssebanja for an opening day victory.

JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE 
TODAY AT 10.30AM - DIVISION ONE
Nile vs. Tornado Bee, Entebbe
Kutchi Tigers vs. Charity TF, Lugogo
Challengers vs. Aziz Damani, Kyambogo
Tornado Bee vs. Nile, Entebbe
DIVISION TWO
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, Budo
Jinja SS vs. Tornado, Jinja

Kyobe knock wraps up Challengers’ season in style

For the past five months, Challengers’ opening batsman Arthur Kyobe has been struggling to get runs on board in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League.
At worst, the bragging left-hander became a laughing stock among some of his peers and fraternity. But somehow, he’s steadily recovered and show marks of what to expect from an opening Cricket Cranes batsman. 
On Sunday, Kyobe struck a decisive unbeaten half-ton of 75 runs as his side wrapped up the season with a five-wicket win over Kutchi Tigers at Lugogo Oval.

“Well, glory be to God,” a relieved Kyobe told Daily Monitor after his second half-century of the season. 
The 29-year-old’s first - a 91-ball 86, had come against the same opposition during Match Day 2 of the season on January 31. “It is only God and coach Steve Tikolo who have helped me recover,”
“Simply, I kept the ball down, took on advice he has offered me in the national team training sessions and results are impressive.” added the man who finished the season with 293 runs from 13 innings.
The win kept Challengers atop the eight-team log on 70 points after 14 matches, but can only win the league title if second-placed Tornado (61 points) fail to win their remaining two matches.

After Kutchi Tigers’ captain Alphesh Hirani opted to bat first, Nanji Pindoriya (34 off 38) and Bharat Ghorasia (22 off 36) combined well for an opening 72-run partnership. 
This crumbled at the hands of Derrick Bakunzi (3/12), Fahad Sadiq (2/41) and Henry Senyondo (2/13). Nandi Kishor (32 off 59) and Kanti Vekariya (30 off 59) then pushed Tigers to set 178 after 44.4 overs. 
Requiring to score about four runs per over, Kyobe smashed nine boundaries off 66 balls and, had a decisive 124-run second-wicket partnership with blazing Hamu Kayondo (63 off 52). 
The 2014 National Twenty20 Champions were home in 25.1 overs.

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Jinja Senior Secondary School CC are the Champions of 2014 Mehta Premier League

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE

RESULTS FOR THE FINALS:

WANDERERS CC VS JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB 86/5 IN 19.5 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS CC 85/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL

Toss won Jinja SSS CC who opted to Field.

BATTING JINJA SSS: Racheal Ntono 23 off 26 balls, Pricco Nakitende 19 off 28 balls
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/16 in 4 Overs, Lydia Bakumpe 2/22 in 4 Overs.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 23 off 30 balls, Naome Kayondo 23 off 33 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Stephanie Nampiina 1/9 in 4 Overs, Damalie Busingye 1/11 in 2 Overs. 

RESULTS FOR SEMI FINAL 1 & 2

SEMI FINAL 1.
TORNADO CC Vs WANDERERS CC

TORNADO CC 63/9 IN 20 OVERS LOST TO WANDERERS CC 75/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 12 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL.

Toss won by Tornado CC who opted to Field.

BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 28 off 37 balls, Naome Kayondo 18 off 25 balls.
BOWLING TORNADO: Gloria Adubu 2/19 in 4 Overs
BATTING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 11off 11 balls.
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/10 in 4 Overs, Naome Kayondo 2/17 in 4 Overs.

SEMI FINAL 2:
CHARITY TRUST FUND CC Vs JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB.

JINJA SSS 54/5 IN 13 OVERS, BEAT CHARITY TRUST FUND CC 49/8 IN 13 OVERS AT KYAMBOGO GROUND.

Toss won by Charity who elected to bat

BATTING JINJA SSS: Damalie Busingye 11 off 22 balls, Immaculate Nakisuyi 10 Not Out off 11 balls
BOWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/5 in 2 Overs
BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 8 off 22 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Pricco Nakitende 2/4 in 2 Overs, Rita Musamali 2/10 in 2 Overs.

Conguratulations to Jinja Senior Secondary School CC for Winning the 2014 Mehta Premier League.

 

 

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