UGANDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INAUGURAL SCHOOLS LEAGUE

Uganda Cricket Association has created a new development competition called The Schools League.

The purpose of the league is to help improve the skills of kids through more competition amongst each other as well as create more playing opportunities for everyone.

In the past, the sport in secondary schools had been limited to the Schools’ Cricket Week which is played once a year and limited in inclusion, particularly for junior players with schools focussed on winning the competition.

However, with the new program, schools will field two teams; the Juniors (S1-S3) and the Seniors (which is open to all) and the association believes that would help raise the level of competition among junior players.

The first edition of the competition will have just eight schools, three from the East that is Busoga College Mwiri, Kiira College Butiiki, and Jinja SSS while Kings College Buddo, Ndejje SSS and Aga Khan represent the Central as Ntare School and Nyakasura School are the representatives from the West.

The League was due to start this weekend but with schools ordered to close for at least a month due to the Coronavirus threat, a new date will be announced by the association.

Prepared by: Franklin Kaweru

ROTARIANS GET INTRODUCED TO CRICKET BY THE CRICKET CRANES

In a bid to make the game more popular, the Uganda Cricket Association in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala South introduced the game to its members.

Only a few members of the club had ever interacted with the game with the majority getting a feel of bat and ball for the first time.

However, despite being still being dressed in their formal work clothes the members showed enthusiasm especially when it came to the practice games. The ladies were more interested in bowling while the gentlemen picked up the bats to smack the ball.

he eager students were taken through the basics of the game by the Cricket Cranes interim coach Davis Turinawe before being divided into four groups that played four over games amongst themselves.

The evening was also an induction for Cricket Cranes players Deus Muhumuza and Charles Waiswa who were formally welcomed into the Rotary Club of Kampala South.

The eventful evening was ended with a Uganda Cricket giving two national team jerseys to the incoming Club President Jennifer Carolyn Byokusheka and Club President Peter Mukuru whose jersey was received by Vice President Charles Odaga by the CEO of Uganda Cricket Martin Ondeko.

These partnerships are important for the growth of the game as more people get introduced to the gentleman’s game.

By; Denis Musali

 

STEVE TIKOLO: CRICKET CRANES HEAD COACH PARTS WAY WITH UCA

After a disappointing Africa T20 campaign on home turf last May, many people in the cricket circles called for Steve Tikolo’s head.

Uganda Cricket Association, however, chose to stick with the Tikolo to oversee the first leg of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in December.

The association was contemplating renewing Tikolo’s contract after the success in Oman where the team won all their games but on Wednesday afternoon they announced the coach will be leaving.

“Stephen Tikolo has chosen not to renew his contract with Uganda Cricket Association,” a statement from the association reads in part.

His contract was due for renewal and negotiations have been ongoing with Steve to stay with us especially after the success in Oman in December 2019 (but) unfortunately, he has made a personal decision not to extend his stay with us despite our interest to continue with the relationship.”

Tikolo has been in charge for three and a half years having joined the national side in 2016.

“In the interim, the team will be handled by Davis Turinawe – a former Cricket Cranes and Under 19 Coach. The process of hiring a new coach will commence soon and should have the position filled by the end of February 2020.”

DECEMBER 2019 USPA AWARD: UGANDA CRICKET CRANES EDGE U17 GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)

The Uganda Cranes Cricket Cranes was named as the outstanding sports personality for December 2019 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA).

This was during the first monthly meeting of the sports journalists under the umbrella body, USPA on Monday, 13th January 2020 at the Scarlet Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes team won five straight games during the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B at the Al Amerat oval, Oman.

The all-conquering Ugandan team beat Jersey (25 runs), silenced traditional arch rivals Kenya (by 3 wickets)Bermunda (win by 7 wickets)Italy (38 runs) and Hong Kong (by 6 wickets) to top group B, with an advantage ahead of this year’s second phase to be hosted in Uganda come July.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowlsFranklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsRiaah Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani and Frank Nsubuga were part of the team in Oman

The Uganda Cricket Cranes tallied 495 points to edge the Uganda U-17 girls football team (490 points) and Ndejje University sports team (410 points).

The Uganda U-17 girls were singled out for winning the 2019 CECAFA U-17 first ever football tournament held at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Joel Muyita | Kawowo SportsUganda U17 Girls’ national team after winning CECAFA U-17 Championship

The Ugandan girls finished unbeaten with only a draw against Tanzania in the round robin format.

On the other hand, Ndejje University finished top of all the universities at the 18th Inter University Games hosted by University of Kisubi (Unik) along Entebbe road.

This was the fifth time in a row that Ndejje University won the overall title, scooping 10 gold medals, 7 silver and one bronze in the multi sports championship.

David Isabirye | Kawowo SportsNdejje University players and officials celebrate during the apex of the 18th AUUS Games held at University of Kisubi on Friday, 20th December 2019

Commendations:

A number of teams and personalities were commended for performing well in December 2019.

These included; The Uganda Cranes (won 15th CECAFA senior Challenge Cup), Rally crew of Yassin Nasser and Ali Katumba, Uganda Motocross team, Joshua Cheptegei (record in Valencia 10KM race) and pool player Ibrahim Ssejjemba for exceptional performance at the Matthew Ngulube pool championship held in Zambia.

The sports journalists also rewarded the best per sporting discipline for the year 2019.

December 2019 USPA’s best:

  • Uganda Cricket Cranes (495 Points)
  • U-17 Girls Football Team (490 Points)
  • Ndejje University (410 Points)

 

  • Cricket UgandaCricket Cranes players

    Uganda Cricket Cranes Team in Oman

    1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
    2. Roger Mukasa
    3. Arnold Otwani
    4. Kenneth Waiswa
    5. Dinesh Nakrani
    6. Ronak Patel
    7. Bilal Hassun
    8. Shahzad Kamal
    9. Riazat Ali Shah
    10. Charles Waiswa
    11. Henry Ssenyondo
    12. Frank Nsubuga
    13. Richard Agamire
    14. Fred Achelam

    Prepared by: David Isabirye 

     
     

OTWANI, NAKRANI SPUR CRICKET CRANES TO SIX-WICKET WIN OVER HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong 147 Waqas Barkat (26) Aizaz Khan (24)
  • Uganda 150/4 (36.2/50 ov, target 148) Arnold Otwani (66) and Dinesh Nakrani (57)
  • Uganda won by 6 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)

Uganda has completed the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B with a perfect record in Oman.

The Cricket Cranes won their fifth straight game at Al Amerat on Wednesday thanks largely to Arnold Otwani. The wicketkeeper and stand-in skipper in the absence of Brian Masaba took four catches and scored a patient half-century to guide the Cricket Cranes to a six-wicket win over pre-tournament favourites Hong Kong.

Otwani won the toss and put Hong Kong to the bat. Richard Agamiire, playing his first tournament for the Cricket Cranes, was again trusted with the bowling duties and impressed immensely during his ten-over spell.

Cricket UgandaRichard Agamiire impressed with the ball again

Agamiire 2/26 along with Bilal Hassun 3/33 never let Hong Kong get going despite the first wicket falling in the ninth over. Hong Kong just had 24 runs on board and no player put up more than 27 runs on board.

Hong Kong was reduced to 102/7 with the introduction of Henry Senyondo and Frank Nsubuga in the bowling attack and eventually bundled out for 147.

The chase did not start off well for Cricket Cranes as struggling Roger Mukasa fell for just 7 runs with the sixth ball. Shazad Kamal and Ronak Patel followed shortly leaving Uganda reeling at 29/3 after 11 overs.

Kenneth Waiswa was gone before he could settle at the crease and Cricket Cranes looked like were in a place of bother.

Cricket UgandaArnold Otwani was named player of the match

However, a patient knock from Arnold Otwani 66(112) and Dinesh Nakrani 57(66) helped Uganda seal a six-wicket win with 82 balls to spare.

CRICKET CRANES REMAIN UNBEATEN AFTER SEEING OFF ITALY BY 38 RUNS

Cricket Cranes continued their fairytale run in the desert at the World Cup Challenge League Group B with a 38-run win over Italy at Al Amerat.

The win is their fourth in a row as they aim to finish top of Group after the first round.

The Cricket Cranes were without their captain Brian Masaba who was ruled out of the game with a fever and vice Captain Arnold Otwani slotted into his position.

At the toss, the luck continued to elude Uganda as Arnold Otwani called wrong and Cricket Cranes were asked to bat by the Italians.

Roger Mukasa and his opening partner Arnold Otwani continued their barren run as both failed to put on a reasonable score and it was up to Shahzad Kamal (78) and Ronak Patel (53) to steady the ship. The second-wicket partnership was worth 120 runs as both batsmen followed by their half-centuries from the win against Bermuda with well-crafted half tons.

Shahzad’s departure at 163/3 slowed things down and the remaining seven wickets only contributed a paltry 55 runs.

The late collapse, however, didn’t do much damage as the Uganda finished on 218 all out, the first time the Cricket Cranes have been bowled out in the tournament.

In the chase, Uganda got rid of dangerman Nikolai Smith to keep the Italians at bay but his opening partner Gian Meade (43) took on the responsibility of aggressor as they tried to chase down the total.

There were some nervy moments when the Italians seemed to have settled but Man of the Match Bilal Hassun had other ideas as his 5/27 sealed the game for the Cricket Cranes.

The win, though laboured, means that the Cricket Cranes will definitely finish among the top 2 sides at the tournament. They will take on HongKong on Wednesday which is their final game of the tournament.

The second leg of this Cricket World Cup qualifier will be held in Uganda next year in July.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

RICKET CRANES STAY PERFECT WITH DOMINANT WIN AGAINST BERMUDA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Bermuda 208 (Kamau Leverock 50, Henry Ssenyondo 4/38)
  • Uganda 211/3 (Shahzad Ukani 86, Ronak Patel 72) (40.1/50 overs, target 209)
  • Uganda won by 7 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)

The Cricket Cranes are having a joy ride in Oman after picking up their third win at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

The demons of 2018 have been forgotten as the Cricket Cranes have put together a very good winning run that has seen them top the table.

Uganda made two changes from the side that defeated neighbours Kenya with Henry Ssenyondo returning in the place of youngster Richard Agamire and Arnold Otwani making way for Fred Achellam.

Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat a decision that was justified by their start. Three of their top 4 batsmen scoring half-centuries.

At 159/3, Bermuda looked set for a big total but the wheels came off with the remaining seven batsmen scoring only 50 runs as the Cricket Cranes restricted Bermuda to just 209 all out in 45.2 overs. Henry Ssenyondo 4/35 was the pick of the bowlers for the Cricket Cranes.

Cricket UgandaHenry Ssenyondo bowling

In the chase, the top still failed to hold for the Cricket Cranes as Roger Mukasa came and went and Kenneth Waiswa who was promoted to 3 also didn’t stay long. The match-winning partnership was of the second wicket with Shahzad Ukani Kamal (86) and Ronak Patel (72) combining to take the game away from Bermuda. Even the departure of Shahzad with only 13 runs needed didn’t matter much as Dinesh Nakrani finished the game in style with a boundary.

The third win on the bounce for the Cricket Cranes means they are guaranteed of finishing among the top 4 teams and if they can find another win, they will surely finish among the Top 2.

The team takes a break for now and will be back in action on Monday when they take on Italy.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

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