Day Two - Uganda Outclass Rwanda In Clinical Fashion, Perfect Pair For Tanzania At Kwibuka T20 In Gahanga

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women's Twenty20 Tournament
Results - Wednesday, June 19

Game Three

Mali 11/10 (Oumou Sow 3; Nunu Omary Tindo 3/1 in 3.3 overs, Tabu Said Omary 3/3 in 3 overs) lost to Tanzania 14/0 (Monica Pascal 11*; Tenin Konata 0/14 in 0.4 overs) by 10 wickets

Game Four

Uganda 91/6 (Esther Iloku 31*, Damalie Busingye 28; Diane Marie Bimenyimana 2/19 in 4 overs, Margueritte Vumuliya 1/6 in 4 overs) beat Rwanda 61/10 (Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu 13, Margueritte Vumuliya 11; Stephanie Nampiina 3/17 in 4 overs, Mildred Anyigo 2/5 in 2.5 overs) by 30 runs

Fixtures - Thursday, June 20

10.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 

2.50pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

The sixth edition of the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament came alive on Day Two at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium in Rwanda. Mali’s tough initiation to the big stage continued as they suffered another 10-wicket annihilation to Tanzania but Uganda managed to get their campaign off the mark in clinical fashion with 30-run win over hosts Rwanda.

Uganda captain Rita Musamali (R) and Rwanda's Sarah Uwera (2nd L) alongside umpires Vicky Prajapati (2nd R) and Jackson Nzayisenga (L) at the pre-match toss at Gahanga International Stadium.

Two in two for Tanzania

Batting first, Mali played out a whole 15.3 overs but could unfortunately muster only 11 runs. Unlike against Rwanda on the opening day, there weren’t 10 ducks this time round as three of the West Africa nation’s batters got the scoreboard ticking.

Oumou Sow played out 20 balls for her three runs, Aissata Sangare (2 off 22) and Mariam Samake (1 off 7) got the monkey off their backs but Mali were still left at crossroads by Nunu Omary Tindo (3/1 in 3.3 overs) and Tabu Said Omary (3/3 in 3 overs).

And like in the match of records on Day One, it took Tanzania just four balls to cross the finishing line with Monica Pascal (11*) hitting two boundaries in her three-ball cameo off the bowling off Tenin Konata, who ended with expensive figures of 0/14 in 0.4 overs.

Such was Mali’s progression from 6 all-out to 11 all-out, they will be looking to pick quick lessons and continue their learning curve for the rest of the tournament.

Uganda coaches Ivan Kakande (L) and Michael Grace Ndiko (R) were not shy to ring the changes as they brought in three debutants that helped the Lady Cricket Cranes get off the mark.

Uganda fightback

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko rang the changes and duly got the response as the Lady Cricket Cranes rallied from a painful five-runs loss to Tanzania on the opening day to defeat Rwanda on Day Two.

Vice-captain Immaculate Nakisuuyi, opening bowler Evelyne Anyipo and wicket-keeper Maria Kagoya were rested by coaches Ndiko and Ivan Kakande.

But their stern action of ‘benching the senior players’ were justified when debutants Gloria Obukour, Mildred Anyigo and Christine Anayo punched their weight and helped Uganda, who are eyeing only their third title since the tourney’s initiation in 2014, to get their first triumph.

Obukour fell for four runs off four balls and bowled two overs for one run including a maiden, Anyigo was fiery with new ball registering figures of 2 for 5 in 2.3 overs - snaring the last wicket during Rwanda’s vain chase in the process and Anayo showed her all-round abilities (1* & 0/8 in 2 overs) to help swing the game in Uganda’s favour.

After scoring six all out against Rwanda, debutants Mali showed some little improvement as they managed 11 all out in 15.3 overs this time round.

Iloku moment

But none of the three debutants scooped the Player of the Match award. It was, however, one of their own from the Soroti Cricket Academy stable – Esther Iluko – that notched the honours.

After scoring 36 runs on her Twenty20 International debut against Tanzania, Iluko garnered an unbeaten 31 off 35 balls, ably supporting opening Damalie Busingye (28 off 42), to help Uganda set 91 for 6 in 20 overs.  Iluko also expertly kept wickets on the day.

Rwanda, who featured in a 10-wicket record-win over Mali on Day One, never got going as they were quickly stifled at 8 for 5 in 7.4 overs. Wickets continued to tumble thanks to leg-spinner Stephanie Nampiina (3/17 in 4 overs) and Susan Kakai (1/10 in 3 over), and it was only Diane Ishimwe Dusabemungu (13) and Margueritte Vumuliya (11) that reached double figures.

Uganda's captain Rita Musamali plays the slog sweep shot in her brief innings as she looked to up the scoring rate for her side in the first innings.

Uganda will be anxious to continue the ruthless winning mode against Mali in their third fixture. The tournament is played on a two-round robin basis thus the nation with most points at the end will be champions, and has International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 International ranking status.

Africa T20 Championship: Naomi Kayondo Explains Loss To Namibia

Monday, May 6
Namibia – 115/6
Uganda – 101/9 (20 ov)
*Namibia win by 14 runs

Uganda’s race to defend the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Regional qualifiers took a wrong turn after the side lost their first game of the ongoing championship in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Lady Cricket Cranes lost to Namibia by 14 runs in a game that provided a scintillating finish.

After winning the opener against Sierra Leone by 90 runs on Sunday, every thing was going on plan, including winning the toss on Monday which Kevin Awino chose to bat last.

Despite strong efforts from Immaculate Nakisuyi (two wickets), Sarah Wakaza (two wickets) and Franklyn Najjumba (one wicket), Namibia squeezed through the first innings with 115/6.

The game was a tough one, like Captain Awino said earlier, every game was going to be like a final and indeed this was like one,” said Lady batter Naomi Kayondo.

“We lost it in the first innings. We did not field very well, we dropped a couple of catches, we had a couple of misfield and they ended up posting 115.

“We also didnt do well with the bat. The top order left a big chunk for the tail end which I think was a big ask for them so it had to go south for us.”

Naomi scored 18 runs with a boundary, Rachel Ntono had 16 runs off 23 balls, Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina had 17 and 25 respectively.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (D Busingye, 1.2 ov), 2-30 (NK Bagenda, 6.6 ov), 3-40 (F Najjumba, 8.3 ov), 4-49 (R Ntono, 9.2 ov), 5-54 (I Nakisuuyi, 11.1 ov), 6-54 (J Mbabazi, 11.3 ov), 7-92 (R Musamali, 17.2 ov), 8-95 (S Nampiina, 18.3 ov), 9-99 (K Awino, 19.3 ov).

Uganda, second in group B below Namibia will then turn focus to Kenya, their last group game on Wednesday.

“We have to beat Kenya so bad that we level our net run rate and may be that will help us later in calculations and hope for the best thereafter.”

 

The winner of the tournament earns two tickets to both the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier and the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament

Uganda eyes winning start at Africa T20

Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) and partners Cricket Uganda have spent nearly a fortnight rallying fans to attend the ICC Africa Men’s Twenty20 Finals.
 But owing to the experience picked from the country’s strange bizarre show at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament here two years ago, many a fanatic will descend to the Lugogo Oval for the tournament bowl-off with lots of caution and less optimism.
 UCA, players and coaches of the Cricket Cranes have consistently promised a recovery from the 2017 slump by making the top two coveted positions at this week-long showpiece.

 Now coach Steve Tikolo’s charges must walk the talk when they cross the Lugogo oval ropefor the first time in front of their own faithful since then to face neighbours Kenya this afternoon.
 In 2017, Uganda lost its opener to Canada by 66 runs and the country’s candle never lit up again.
 Hence skipper Roger Mukasa knows the magnitude of the duel that is akin to the Migingo island case or Elgon Cup rugby contest.
 “A win here gives us the tone for the tournament,” Mukasa told Sunday Monitor early this week.

 “We want to have a very good start and then take it game and by game,” said the top-order batsman.
 From the 2017 unit, there are only eight survivors and the new faces are keen on making home advantage count.
 “This is my first tournament in front of fans and I would love to give them something worthy,” stated Riazat Ali Shah, the reigning Cricketer of the Year.
With Bilal Hassun and Irfan Afridi out, the expectations from Ali are high with ball especiallyin a bid to counter Kenya’s strong batting unit.

“Kenya has strong batsmen and so we must field really well,” noted Mukasa. Either experienced left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa or Ali with be handed the new white ball.
Veteran Frank Nsubuga and left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo are guaranteed four spin overs each while Deus Muhumuza’s medium pace is awaited to challenge Kenya’s top-order of Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel.
Uganda’s Achilles heel however remains with the bat. And Mukasa is obliged to quicklymentor the exuberant youngster Zephaniah Arinaitwe who could be thrown at the deep end to open the innings with Hamu Kayondo.

Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani and Ali must delay the lower order from wearing the batting pads if Uganda is to register fourth win against Kenya in eight T20 outings since 2011.
Before this match at Lugogo, tournament favourites Namibia will hope they display the mark of an ODI nation when they take on Botswana. 
The word ‘jollof’ will find its way into the sledging as Nigeria starts it campaign against Ghana at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

 UGANDA’S PROBABLE XI: Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Hamu Kayondo, Roger Mukasa (Captain), Dinesh Nakrani, Arnold Otwani, Riazat Ali, Fred Achelam (Wicket-keeper), Deus Muhumuza, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo

 

UGANDA VS. KENYA

PREVIOUS T20 MEETINGS
2018 ICC EASTERN AFRICA QUALIFIER
July 14, 2018: Kenya 188/5 Uganda 189/3
(Uganda won by 7 wickets)
July 7, 2018: Uganda 240/3 Kenya 241/6
(Kenya won by 6 wickets)

2015 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
Mar 28, 2015: Uganda 81/10 Kenya 82/2
(Kenya won by 8 wickets)

2013 ICC AFRICA DIVISION ONE
Mar 1, 2013: Kenya 156/5 Uganda 137/10
(Kenya won by 19 runs)
Feb 23, 2013: Uganda 142/6 Kenya 112/7
(Uganda won by 30 runs)

2012 ICC GLOBAL QUALIFIER
Mar 20, 2012: Kenya 167/3 Uganda 119/8
(Kenya won by 48 runs)

2011 ICC AFRICA T20 DIVISION ONE
July 11, 2011: Uganda 177/0 Kenya 102/10
(Uganda won by 75 runs)

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Unimoni T20 success seals best season for Aziz Damani

The Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup didn’t heed to the fact that sport hates dominance as the tournament wrapped up on Sunday.

It ended with familiar sights as Aziz Damani sealed a rare season double after beating perennial Cup finalists KICC by 31 runs at the University Oval in Kyambogo on a day largely devoid of sunshine.
Now Damani players have the mandate to demand for something more than a celebratory trip to Kenya from club owner Siva Koti. 
This is after they became the first club since Tornado back in 2012 to win both the T20 and limited-overs’ silverware.

Best day
“It is our best day,” Koti said moments after his common loud celebrations with the players at dusk with the trophy and a Shs2m dummy cheque from sponsors Unimoni.

Businessman Koti had won a black t-shirt on the day with a gigantic print of the face of an African lion, much to show much Damani had roared in the club cricket jungle this year. 
“We have won all trophies in the year,” he said of the double, also done by the Damani ladies. 
“We had planned for this and we have achieved it. We motivated the players and had good training,” he added.

The players must be happier. “It wasn’t easy but we did the basics right,” left-arm pace bowler Charles Waiswa said in front of television camera.

Damani defended the 50-Over League by going unbeaten over 14 matches but in the T20, they had been floored by Ceylon Lions via the group stages on November 24.

Somehow they found sweet revenge on Sunday when the two faced off in the morning semifinal at Lugogo, Damani successfully chasing a target of 142 runs. Lions had failed to stop them from getting 35 runs from the last 15 balls.

Challengers denied
On the other hand in Lugogo, KICC had denied three-peat chasing Challengers by winning a low-scoring thriller by 11 runs after Suleman Sharif and Irfan Afridi had put another customary stand-out batting show. But KICC must consult their gods more if they are ever to play a T20 Cup final. It turned out that they lost a third final, like it happened in 2014 and 2016 to Challengers.
“We are not cursed,” KICC captain Hanumant Katkar said, “We didn’t do enough to win it. May be we are just a little shy of the podium but we’ll get there someday,” he said.

Obviously, once beaten, twice shy for KICC but Damani as well had other ideas having failed to unlock the championship door even with four straight semifinals.

Captain fantastic
With Damani opting to bat first, they relied on Saud Islam’s 36-ball 47 to reach a safe total of 140-8 even if KICC bowlers Falak Shar (3/26), Afridi (2/33) and Davis Karashani (2/23) had been resistant.

Then Wassim Butt began the chase for KICC like a man on a mission, the opener stroking six boundaries and five sixes but his innings ended at the 12th over with a fine knock of 68 off 37.

Unfortunately, his teammates couldn’t supplement in a more distinct way, Damani’s Bilal Hassun (2/13) and Riazat Shah (4/17) clipping their small wings smartly. Butt was ‘consoled’ with a Player of Series accolade while Sharif was Best Batsman.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Holders Challengers hunted as Unimoni National T20 Cup ends

After two months of action, the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup is left with just three matches to climax. 
Who will win it? That’s the question that three-peat chasing Challengers, two-time finalists KICC, no-nonsense Aziz Damani and fiery Ceylon Lions must answer when the quartet negotiates each other’s hurdle today. 
The semifinal line-up is structured in a way that seasoned T20 contenders KICC and Lions want to wrestle serial Cup winners Challengers and Aziz Damani respectively.

Defending champions Challengers are looking no further than a third successive title and a record fourth T20 gong in five years.
To test their mettle first is KICC this morning whom they meet at Lugogo in a repeat of the 2014 final.

“Our batsmen are on form,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar chest-thumped after they defeated Strikers in the quarterfinals last weekend.
Wassim Butt and Suleman Sharif have held their bats high while spinning trio of Davis Karashani, Frank Nsubuga and Irfan Afridi is capable wreaking havoc like the latter did with figures of 7 for 15 seven days ago. “How we play on the day is what matters most,” Katkar offered. 
But Challengers will be a tougher nut to crack for KICC having added Zimbabwean imports Timycen Maruma and Shingirai Masakadza to their arsenal.

Arthur Kyobe, Hamu Kayondo and Kamal Shahzad know what to do when on the crease irrespective of the amount of incentives that Challengers’ proprietor Vaheed Mohammed has in stock for them.“We want three in a row but we want our cricket to speak first,” said Kyobe, leaving his opinion door so ajar during the interview. But they can only earn Vaheed’s prize if they beat KICC and then win the final in Kyambogo against the victor between Damani and Lions.

Beating Damani
Now this is a repeat of the November 24 group stage encounter where 2012 runners-up Lions beat Siva Koti’s Damani by 11 runs. But things have drastically changed since Damani’s returned from international duty in Oman.
Similarly, Lions’ boss Ruwan Jayaratne has not been shy, adding Sri Lankan top youngster batsman Malindu Maduraga and Kenyan Alex Obanda to his ranks.
Obanda made a 38-ball 102 ton while Maduranga struck 42 off 24 as they beat Jinja SS last Sunday and the boss seemed satisfied.
“We are bringing two more Kenyans and definitely going for the trophy,” Jayaratne, also the team’s opener, stated.

But Damani has won every trophy on offer bar this one. And this being a fourth semifinal in as many years, they want to go big. “We just have a few things to get better from the Tornado Bee (quarterfinal) game and we’ll be on track,” Damani’s all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah stated.
Mir Afzal and Saud Islam have furnished the batting of Damani’s immovable wall way much this season.
In the end, fireworks in Lugogo and a classic in Kyambogo, lights out! The climax is certainly a must watch.

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Seven-wicket star Afridi, Obanda ton headline T20

In terms of results, none drifted off the script as bookmakers’ favourites KICC, Ceylon Lions, Aziz Damani and Challengers progressed to the semi-finals of the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup on Sunday.

With that being ordinary, the expectation was that the foreign legion hired would orchestrate class act performances.
It is only Kenyan Alex Obanda who lived up to the billing for Ceylon Lions as they went past sorry Jinja SSS while Irfan Afridi too carried the headlines for KICC in their 29-run victory over Strikers.
Let’s begin with the visitor. Two years ago, Obanda came in and played for KICC who fell short to Challengers in the 2014 T20 final.

On Sunday, Obanda was here but Lions’ business and duly delivered, stroking a quick-fire century of 102 runs off 38 balls after his captain Jonathan Ssebanja chose to bat first.
Often quiet and smiling a little, Obanda enjoyed the crease with an innings littered with 12 boundaries and six maximums. “He made the job quite easy for us all and we now look forward to a team performance in the next stages,” Ssebanja noted.

When the openers fell to leave the scoreboard at 38-2 after 3.1 overs, the Kenyan international had a recovery 91-run partnership with Malindu Maduranga (42 off 24) before Varinder Singh made 61 off 24).
Lions set 267-8 despite Jinja’s Derrick Bwire picking 4-38. But rain interruption had Jinja’s target at 89 runs required in 6.3 overs.

Robinson Obuya got 32 off 19 but Varinder (2/1) had done enough to stop Jinja at 49-2. 
Meanwhile, no bowler had a better outing than Afridi who took parsimonious figures of 7/15 in four overs against Strikers at Lugogo.

The Pakistan-born player was reported by the match officials at the World Cricket League Division III match between Uganda and Denmark on November 9 in Muscat, Oman. 
And he missed the rest of the tournament. Afridi seemed to play with hunger when Strikers’ youthful batsmen attempted to chase a revised target of 152 runs.

KICC had earlier set 158-7 with Afridi making an unbeaten 31 off 34 while Frank Nsubuga made 42 off 22. 
As Afridi bowled, Derrick Bakunzi (35 off 20) and Perry Wazombe (30 off 21) had tried to withstand his wrath. In the afternoon, Kutchi Tigers flattered to deceive with the bat, hence losing by nine wickets to three-peat chasing Challengers while Aziz Damani made light work of Tornado Bee in Kyambogo.

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Unimoni T20 Cup quarters Contenders out to lay claim

Aziz Damani’s 100 percent record enroute to the Jazz Safari National League crown earlier this year certainly did not go down well with the rest of the clubs.

Sport hates dominance. With Damani up the throats of many having won the men and women’s limited-overs’ titles plus the Mehta Twenty20 Premier League, a rare sweep beckons.

That’s if they win the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup which is at the quarterfinal stage now.

However, with the overwhelming yet unusual deployment of foreign stars by other teams, Damani will have their work cut out.
The league champions Damani face a bitter rival in Tornado Bee at the University Oval in Kyambogo this afternoon in a familiar T20 quarterfinal. Specks of bother about Damani come with their record that has seen them play a final and two semi-finals in the last three editions.
“Our goal is to first get into the final then we take it from there,” Damani’s vice captain Brian Masaba stated. “Tornado Bee is hurting and they can be a dangerous side so we are not taking anything for granted.”

Damani has Jamaican Javian McFarlane available but Tornado Bee has recalled Kenyan old guards Obuya brothers Collins and David to back up Roger Mukasa, Deus Muhumuza and Australian Mitch Horrocks among others. “T20 has not been our hunting ground over the years. But there is a chance to fight for silverware this season,” said Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke. “We have lost a bit of our thunder but the team with the most perfect strategy on the day will win,” he added.

Over the years, no side has executed better T20 strategies than holders Challengers who are on course to make a three-peat and four title in five years. Having finished second in Group A behind KICC, they now face stubborn Kutchi Tigers at Lugogo this afternoon.

Short code exponents
And they are not taking any chances. Club proprietor Mohammed Vaheed has brought in experienced Zimbabwean ODI players in captain Hamilton Masakadza and Timycen Maruma.

Also, Indian Abdulahad Malik of India Premier League (IPL) franchise Rasthajan Royals is here. “We are going for a treble implying a bigger task on our hands and we have great inclusions,” opening batsman Arthur Kyobe disclosed.

Kyobe is set to open with Hamu Kayondo. Malik, who boasts of the highest ever fourth wicket partnership (202*) with Manpreet Juneja will bat at three and Masakadza is expected to walk in at four. Tigers’ captain Alphesh Hirani remained tight-lipped but they have quietly brought in India-born Kenyans and retain a livewire in Dinesh Nakrani and 2015 winning captain Ankit Patel in their ranks.

The foreign legion doesn’t stop because after topping Group B, Ceylon Lions are now interested in the silverware and have brought in a Sri Lankan and Kenyan Alex Obanda to face Jinja SSS at Kyambogo this morning. In Lugogo, two-time finalists KICC are banking on high-flying batsmen Wassim Butt and Suleman Sharif when they meet explosive and brave youngsters of Strikers.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Champions Damani shifts focus to Unimoni T20 Cup

A script never opened, read and one never thought of. 
That’s not even enough to describe Aziz Damani Cricket Club’s successful yet historic title defence in the Jazz Safari National League.

On Sunday, Damani scored a rare 100 percent after winning all 14 league matches with a last seven-wicket triumph over Tornado Bee in Entebbe to bag their second topflight men’s club cricket title in as many years. Rare!

It is the first time a team has won all matches and it will become ordinary if another team achieves this landmark. To be honest, not any time soon.

And by the way, it is also strange to imagine that the title race six years was sorted by a bye for four runs when Wanderers’ quest faded through then captain Denis Musali’s gloves from Dennis Tabby to the ropes against Tornado.

Now Tabby at Damani, they wrapped up this title with four matches to go and the cigarettes were out of the packets and whiskey was already flowing down the glasses. “It may look simple,” Damani’s CEO Siva Koti said after the win over Tornado Bee in Entebbe. “... but it was not all easy,” he said.

Winning may seem difficult but maintaining it is even more complex. The results of this season may not tell it all for Damani.
“We had to work hard to retain this trophy. There were two matches that were particularly not easy; Kutchi Tigers and Ceylon Lions,” Koti said.

And granted, Damani family deserved the barbecue and chicken roasting evening in Entebbe on Sunday whose pictures circulated on WhatsApp statuses for players like pace man Charles Waiswa.

But other matches came way easier than expected for example Tornado Bee on Sunday. With four straight titles coming off a 2013-2016 reign, now they were far from that as they were bowled out by Damani for 87 runs in 40 overs. 
Tornado Bee lynchpin Roger Mukasa made 22 runs off 19 balls while Nicholas Kebba had 21 off 80 as national coach Steve Tikolo picked figures of 4/15 in 8 overs.

With the bat, Damani didn’t need their top-order batsmen. Instead, they showed strength and limitless boundaries in class as pace bowler Bilal Hassun top-scored with a half-ton of 61 runs off 38 balls to coast home.

It is a dominance that three-year-old Damani want to expand to other competitions. The side is eyeing the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup title which bowled off on Sunday. “We don’t want this to appear as a fluke or one-off. We desire to beat the challenge again in the T20s,” Koti added.

CAST OF LEAGUE WINNERS

2018: Aziz Damani 
2017: Aziz Damani
2016: Tornado Bee
2015: Tornado Bee
2014: Tornado Bee
2013: Tornado Bee
2012: Tornado 
2011: Patidar Samaj

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