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

inja SSS pursue title defence at star-lit Schools Cricket Week

It is now six years since a side defended the Uganda Cricket Association-organised Boys Schools’ Cricket Week tournament.
Kololo Secondary School is the last team to win back-to-back titles when they did a sweep between 2007-3013 bar 2009 when nemesis Busoga College Mwiri.

Since, the trophy has rotated between Mukono Parents, Mwiri and Kololo before Jinja Secondary School won it last year.
One forever stand-out pillar in Jinja SSS’ cricket is coach Habibu Mugalula. He has served the game diligently at that institution, making the girls’ side a powerhouse in the national league and schools’ cricket.

Last year, Mugalula ended Jinja’s 15-year wait for a Boys’ Week gong after they beat Mwiri by six wickets with 68 balls remaining in the final.

The plan is to defend the title, some Jinja failed to do in 2003. “We shall try play, compete and take it game by game,” Mugalula told Sunday Monitor before teams assembled at Makerere College for the 2018 edition yesterday. “Of course, respect for opponents is paramount on my side but it’s my dream to defend it,” he said.

Mugalula is banking on three star players Cosmas Kyewuta, Acram Nsubuga and Isaac Ssekatawa who is recovering fast from a nasty accident. But Perry Wazombe, who was Jinja’s best player last year with the MVP honour comprising 303 runs with best score of 105, 10 wickets and 6 fielding dismissals, crossed to rival team Mwiri this year.

However, during the Eastern Region Qualifiers, Jinja ably chased a target of 117 runs in 13.3 overs to beat Mwiri and win the tournament unbeaten.

But Jinja must not rest on its laurels as the Emmanuel Isaneez and Daniel Batuwa-tutored Mwiri is filled with U-19 talent like Trevor Bukenya, Wazombe, Ramathan Ochimi, Ronald Opio and Ashraf Senkubuge who was the best wicket-keeper with 12 dismissals last year.

It is going to be quite a star-lit showpiece with in-form batsman Zephaniah Arinaitwe featuring for Mukono’s St. John’s High School.

The draws were set to be conducted last evening at Lugogo.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

School raise stakes ahead of Cricket Week

There was a catalyst as the battle lines were drawn for this year’s Pepsi Schools Cricket Week that bowls off tomorrow at five different ovals in Kampala.

Although champions Busoga College Mwiri have bossed the last two editions, the rivaling schools have borrowed a leaf from the 16-time record winners by hiring permanent coaches. Coach Emmanuel Isaneez’s wit and pace philosophy was the difference as Mwiri dismantled Kololo by 30 runs in last year’s heated final at Lugogo Oval.

“It is going to be an extremely exciting edition,” said Justine Ligyalingi, the Uganda Cricket Association CEO, during the tournament’s media launch at Lugogo yesterday. “Every school has prepared well and we have equipped them well thanks to Bankstown Cricket Club in Sydney, Australia. Many of the boys also play club cricket and know there is a chance to push into the national junior sides for international competitions.”

Mukono Parents, winners in 2013, have secured the services of national all-rounder Frank Nsubuga, Kololo still have the know-it-all Jackson Ogwang, debutants Rainbow International have pro-active John Tumusiime, Jinja SS have soft-spoken Habibu Mugalula, Masaka SS hired ACC’s Yusuf Nanga whereas Teso College Aloet will bank on coach Ivan Kakande’s advice. The tournament that ends on September 9 will be played on a Twenty20 format and Makerere College will host all the school teams and officials.


Participating schools & coaches:

  1. Busoga College Mwiri – Isaneez
  2. Mukono Parents – Frank Nsubuga
  3. Jinja SS – Habibu Mugalula
  4. Rainbow International - John Tumusiime
  5. Masaka SSS – Yusuf Nanga
  6. Ndejje SS – William Kamanyi
  7. Kololo SS – Jackson Ogwang
  8. Ntare - Alvin Bagaya
  9. Nyakasura Ivan Thawithemwira
  10. Teso College Aloet – Ivan Kakande
  11. King’s College Budo - Ivan Jurua & St James - Juma Gabula.

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Girls Cricket Week stars off to Kigali for Kwibuka Peace Tourney

There is always a prize for good deed. Beyond the certificates and diadems, the best players selected from last month’s Pepsi Girls’ Schools Cricket Week will represent Uganda at the annual Kwibuka Peace Women’s tourney this weekend.
A team of 16 departed yesterday for Kigali by road where they will play six round-robin matches against Kenya and Rwanda national sides.

“This is another bigger opportunity for the girls to express themselves,” said Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Justine Ligyalingi during the flag-off at Lugogo yesterday. 
Girls’ Cricket Week champions Jinja Secondary School have been rewarded with three slots on the team plus their coach Habibu Mugalula.
“Much as I have my own girls here, this is a chance to closely look and groom more players from other schools,” noted Mugalula, who has nurtured several female players.

None of Mugalula’s students Stephannie Nampiina, Kevin Awino and Ritah Musamali will captain the side. That job is for Mugalula’s former prodidy Racheal Ntono.
Clearly, this is a reward for Ntono, who single handedly lifted St. James SS to their first-ever final with a respectable 45-ball 61* despite losing to Jinja SS by 14 runs on May 10.
“I am delighted with this position,” Ntono said after receiving the flag from National Council of Sports (NCS) assistant general secretary David Katende. “We shall deliver in Rwanda.” The tourney ends June 15.

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Jinja SS claims record sixth schools cricket week title

The start to their Pepsi Girls Twenty20 Schools’ Cricket Week script was so unfamiliar.

A tournament opening 20-run loss to Olila High School sent strong waves down their spines. 
But Jinja Secondary School exuded pure character to recover and bag their record sixth title yesterday.
Following an eight-wicket semifinal victory over holders Kololo - a repeat of last year’s final - Jinja’s momentum saw them beat St James SS by 14 runs in a captivating final at Lugogo Oval.

“Losing to Olila was a wake up call,” winning coach Habibu Mugalula told Daily Monitor. 
The title was Jinja’s fourth title in five years. Yet for Mugalula, he had just beaten his former student Saddam Oyaga to his fifth individual title, making him the tournament’s most successful coach. 
“Look, winning is a bonus to me. I am happy the girls have made it again,” he said after adding to the 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 gongs.

“Mugalula is a very experienced coach,” Oyaga offered. “Congratulations to him but to my players most. They have earned us pride by making their first ever final here.”
On a day bossed by heavy rains, littering sawdust allover the field was inevitable. Nonetheless, several St James fielders felt the pinch of the soggy outfield.

They slid in phases as Rita Musamali (34* off 32), Dinah Adong (16 off 18), Kevin Awino (12 off 15) and Stephannie Nampiina (17* off 9) guided Jinja SS to a comfortable 92-2 in 12 overs. By then, Mugalula appeared relaxed. Just as the tourney has panned out, it is tournament MVP Rachael Ntono who stood out most for St. James.

Despite the loss, she wrapped the showpiece with a respectable knock of 61* off 45 balls but it could hardly topple her former school. 
The half-ton was the first in a final of this tourney but individually, lifting St. James this far meant Ntono left her name written allover this edition.

Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket final 
Jinja SS 92/2 St James SS 78/4
(Jinja SS won by 14 runs)
SEMIFINAL RESULTS
St. James 47/1 Olila HS 25/2
Kololo SS 27/4 Jinja SS 28/2

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PEPSI GIRLS SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK QUALIFIERS

The Pepsi Schools Cricket Week Qualifiers competitions kicked off from 20th March 2016. The top 4 Schools from the Central and Eastern region, 2 from the Western region, and 1 from both the South Eastern region (Soroti Schools), and south western region (Masaka Schools) shall qualify for the Schools National T20 cricket week scheduled to take place on 6th to 12th May 2016 in Kampala.

 

UP DATE ON THE PEPSI GIRLS SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK QUALIFIERS IN THE CENTRAL REGION:

MATCH 1
KOLOLO SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs NDEJJE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL

Kololo Senior Secondary School 79/5 in 10 Overs Beat Ndejje Senior Secondary School 41/6 in 10 Overs by 38 runs at Lugogo Oval

Toss won by Kololo SSS who opted to bat
Batting Kololo: Hope Wanicha 18 Not Out off 14 balls, Patricia Malemikia 12 off 5 balls
Bowling Ndejje:Joy Nakanjako 2/23 in 2 Overs.
Batting Ndejje: Joy Nakanjako 10 off 22 balls.
Bowling Kololo: Rashida Kalsum 3/5 in 2 Overs.

MATCH 2:

MUKONO PARENTS HIGHT SCHOOL Vs KYAMBOGO COLLEGE SCHOOL.

A WALK OVER AWARDED AGAINST MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL.

MATCH 3:
NDEJJE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs KINGS COLLEGE BUDO

Ndejje Senior Secondary School 62/6 in 12.1 Overs Beat King's College Budo 61/10 in 15.1 Overs by 4 Wickets at Lugogo Oval.
Toss won by Ndejje who opted to field

Batting Ndejje : Stella Kyabangi 11 Not Out off 16 balls, Patience Bituyo 10 off 17 balls.
Bowling Budo: Faith Honest 3/7 in 4 Overs.
Batting Budo:Patricia Ayenya 10 off 22 balls, Vivian Nakayi 10 off 12 balls.
Bowling Ndejje: Lynette Musimenta 3/5 in 3 Overs, Ashley Nakiwala 3/10 in 4 Overs.

MATCH 4:
KOLOLO SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL.

A WALK OVER WAS AWARDED AGAINST MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL.

MATCH 5:
KOLOLO SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL.

Gayaza High School 53/7 in 18 Overs Lost to Kololo Senior Secondary School 55/0 in 5 Overs by 10 wickets at Kyambogo Oval.
Toss won by Gayaza High who opted to bat

Batting Gayaza: Alice Nabakooza 10 off 36 balls, Regius Tumusiime 7 off 11 balls.
Bowling Kololo: Malemikia Patricia 3/10 in 4 Overs, Esther Kayaga 2/7 in 2 Overs.
Batting Kololo:Rashida Kalsum 28 off 11 balls, Agnes Abigaba 23 off 19 balls.
Bowling Gayaza:Alice Nabakooza 16/0 in 2 Overs.

MATCH 6:
MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL Vs NDEJJE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL.

A WALK OVER WAS AWARDED AGAINST MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL.

MATCH 7:
KYAMBOGO COLLEGE SCHOOL Vs KOLOLO SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL.

Kyambogo College 50/10 in 18.3 overs Lost to Kololo Senior Secondary School 175/4 in 20 Overs by 7 wickets at Kyambogo Oval.
Toss won by Kyambogo College who opted to Field.

Batting Kyambogo: Angella Opie 15 off 22 balls, Recheal Laker 10 off 17 balls.
Bowling Kololo: Patricia Malemikia 3/6 in 3 Overs, Rashida Kalsum 3/7 in 2 Overs.
Batting Kololo: Saidat Kemigisha 81 off 49 balls, Rashida Kalsum 50 off 41 balls.
Bowling Kyambogo: Angella Opie 1/19 in 4 Overs.

MATCH 8:
MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL Vs GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL

AWALK OVER WAS AWARDED AGAINST MUKONO PARENTS HIGH SCHOOL.

 

 

Schools Cricket Week projects bright future for cricket in Uganda

With no gusts of rain flurrying through, the sunbathed Lugogo Oval produced a Schools Cricket Week final of remarkable contrasts a fortnight ago. A repeat of the 2014 washed out final, Busoga College Mwiri came through to win an arm wrestle against Kololo SSS by 30 runs (a huge margin in the T20 format the tournament embodied). It was Mwiri’s 16th title.
A profound difference was not only registered on the scoreboard, but also in the bowling approaches. The sight of wicketkeeper Ashraf Senkubuge tearing off pads from his shins and gloves from the hands to bowl spin in the final over might not have been defining but was telling nonetheless. Kololo SSS skipper Rogers Olipa had asked his spin bowlers to obtain large amounts of traction on what looked like a slow surface in a bid to put the skids under Mwiri’s rampant batsmen. 
Kololo SSS had some formidable slow men at its disposal in the shape of Frank Akankwasa, Simon Oketcho, and Siraje Nsubuga. Oketcho, whose bowling style has been likened to that of the legendary Frank Nsubuga, stood resplendent after picking up two wickets at the cost of 22 runs in four overs. He wasn’t the most economical of bowlers (Siraje Nsubuga took that honour with a haul of 2/13 in four), but he undoubtedly put his hand up when the slog was on. 
With all the recognised slow bowlers having completed their allotted four overs, Olipa made the brave decision to hand the duty of seeing through the final over to Senku-buge. A variety of flight and spin didn’t mask the fact that the wicketkeeper is a part-timer. Six balls and 10 runs later, Kololo SSS had a target of 116 runs to overhaul. It was a daunting task, but not one that would make Kololo SSS’ much-vaunted batsmen quake in their boots. Mwiri’s pace bowlers were widely expected to struggle to find glory in their deeds on a slow wicket. It was in fact Zephaniah Arinaitwe, a part-time spinner, who drew first blood for Mwiri after his variations flummoxed Senkubuge. Yet instead of riding piggyback on spin, Mwiri turned to its pace bowlers. The quickness of David Wabwire, Collins Okwalinga and Kenneth Waiswa (plus medium pace of Davis ‘Kamo-ga’ Aciire) had been a treasure of incalculable value for Mwiri during the tournament. Not even a slow wicket would take the sting out of the pace attack. Playing in his last Schools Cricket Week tournament, Wabwire was particularly unplayable en route to snaring three wickets. Many have said that Wabwire has all the tools to do more than just flirt with greatness. 
For Ugandan cricket, it must make for a refreshing change that it has a rich pile of bow-lers — both fast and slow — from which to choose in the future. This year’s Schools Cricket Week showed more than anything that the future of Ugandan cricket is bright. The batting might at times have been brittle, but it wasn’t worrying enough to rain on the sport’s parade as was the case — both literally and metaphorically — during last year’s final.

 

By Robert Madoi

Posted  Sunday, September 6  2015 at  01:00

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