MWIRI FACE TRICKY MUKONO PARENTS WHILE ST JOHN’S TAKE ON NYAKASURA IN SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK SEMIFINALS

The Schools Cricket Week has reached the business end as the men have been separated from the boys.

After three days of group action, Busoga College Mwiri and St John’s Kauga remain the only unbeaten sides and favourites for the finals on Saturday morning.

However, before the finals, both sides will have to negotiate very tricky semifinals but with St John’s having the easier tie.

St John’s emerged top of the difficult Group B that has two previous winners in Jinja SSS, Mukono Parents and St Johns who were losing finalists last year.

They will face Nyakasura who finished second in Group A that had most of the upcoming schools. This semifinal will be played at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

In the exciting semifinal of the day defending champions, Busoga College Mwiri will be taking on two-time winners Mukono Parents.

Mukono has relied on Trevor Bukenya and Juma Miyagi to get this far and they will be the key players in the semifinal. On the other hand, the defending champions have been setting records with a record opening stand of 342 between Hassan Mpanuka (164 not out) and Ronald Opio (128 not out) against a helpless Makerere College School. However, all these records will mean nothing if they can’t take care of Mukono Parents to make the final on Saturday. This semifinal will be at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

This expanded edition of the Schools Cricket Week has had 14 teams from just 12 schools last year and has seen the return schools such as Makerere College and Kiira College Butiiki.

The finals of the week-long tournament will be held on Saturday morning at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

BUSOGA COLLEGE MWIRI WINS 18TH CRICKET WEEK TITLE UNBEATEN

Busoga College Mwiri claimed their 18th Cricket Week crown after defeating St John’s High School by 65 runs.

The early morning final was an easy game for Mwiri who posted 143/4 in 20 overs. In reply, St John’s never got going as Mwiri put the brakes on putting up wickets at regular intervals. Suleiman Mwebaze claimed the final wicket to spark celebrations among the big Mwiri crowd.

Both Mwiri and St John’s High School were the only unbeaten sides in the week-long tournament that ended today with Mwiri winning tournament unbeaten.

The 2019 edition of the Schools Cricket Week had 14 teams with games played in Lugogo, Kyambogo, Budo, Gayaza and Ndejje.

Mwiri also claimed three of the five individual awards;

  • Hassan Mpanuka – Player of the tournament
  • Cyrus Kakuru – Best Wicketkeeper
  • Ronald Opio – Best Batsman

Kakaire Godfrey from Masaka SSS and Edwin Nuwagaba from St John’s High School scooped the best bowler and best fielder awards respectively.

Twenty players were selected from all the schools that participated for a high-performance camp that will run from September 1-8. These players will be handled by three specialist coaches and they will form the basis of the next generation of junior cricketers.

Boys' Schools Cricket Week 2019 - Makerere College Back, Can Mwiri Win 18th Crown?

The boy’s schools cricket week edition of 2019 will see the return of Makerere College even though they got a wild card to the tournament as hosts. Makerere College is one of the four pioneer schools of the cricket week that started in 1939 alongside Kings College Budo, Busoga College Mwiri and Nyakasura School.

In the history of the school’s cricket week, Makerere College is better known for being the hosts of the annual tournament. The proximity of the school to most of the grounds used during the tournament makes them the ideal host plus the Wandegeya nightlife is also a thing for students to enjoy after a long day of standing in the sun.

However, everything is not lost in Makerere College being the hosts of the tournament, they have produced some of the best talents in Uganda Cricket. Maco Lutaaya, Innocent Ndawula, Fred Isabirye, Arthur Kyobe, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Nyakana, Daniel Ruyange, Madish Patel,  Diana Musiime, and Lydia Bakumpe have all gone through Makerere College. The problems of being an urban school caught up with them as they could no longer access the University Oval that would help them keep the game alive in the school.

All in all, it is refreshing to have Makerere College back in the school’s cricket week, as long as they are playing they will get better. 

Favorites

Defending Champions and seventeen-time winners of the school’s cricket week Busoga College Mwiri are favorites. Despite losing some of the 2018 title-winning team and they are still a very capable side. The problem of Mwiri has been a failure to groom cricketers relying on students from other schools but since the turn of the year Mwiri has made a genuine effort to introduce the game to juniors which should serve them well in future. Ronald Opio will have to bear the bulk of most of the run-scoring with Collins Okwalinga tasked with taking wickets.

St Johns Mukono is another team that should be a threat, they have a big group of U19’s some of whom are in Nairobi for the Star Field Tournament. Their strength is their ability to rely on one another considering they have played together for a long time. They lost to Mwiri in the final last year and they will be hoping that this time they can go all the way.

Mukono SSS is another school that should at least make the last four, they will be led by Juma Miyagi and Simon Oketcho. Mukono has won the schools tournament on two previous occasions which makes them dangerous since they know the feeling of being a champion. 

Dark Horses

Nyakasura School lost a generation that should have won them the school’s cricket week but in Pascal Murungi and Joseph Baguma they have talent that can hurt any team. While in the past Nyakasura was always content with soda and T-shirts, the mindset changed when they started playing in the league three years ago they have shown the hunger to go all the way and they will be no pushovers. 

Jinja SSS just like Nyakasura lost a lot of players after they finished their high school education but Coach Habib Mugalula has produced talent every year and he knows to get the best out of his troops despite their skill levels.

Masaka SSS has not quite dominated the boys game as they have done with the gilrs but they are closing the gap on their more historical rivals. The lack of competition in their region also inhibits their ability to test their skills before coming to Kampala but if coach Yusuf Nanga has done his homework he will be able to make the knockouts at least.

Mentions

These days Ndejje SSS and Ntare School are never interested in winning the cricket week despite having a rich history. Both were very powerful cricket schools that produced very fine cricketers in the late 90s and early 2000’s but that history is lost on the current generation. The cricket week for them is just another school event where they will take anything they get.

Teso College will travel from the furthest place to take part in the cricket week, while they are limited by resources they never seem content with settling for a trip to Kampala. They give their best in every game and once the resource gap is bridged they will be contenders in a few years to come.

Kololo SSS previous winners of the school’s cricket week have fallen off the radar for a while, they have produced the talent but most of it has moved to other schools.

This year the tournament has grown to 14 schools that came through the respective Regional qualification process as follows - Ntare School and Nyakasura School (Western Region), Jinja Senior Secondary School, Busoga High School, Kira College Butiki and Busoga College Mwiri (Eastern Region), Masaka Senior Secondary School (South Western Region), Kings College Budo, Mukono Parents School, Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kyambogo College School, and St John High School (Central Region) and Teso College Aloet (Soroti Region). Makerere College School was granted a wild card entry this year as the host school.

 Prepared by : Denis Musali

CRICKET UGANDA GIVES EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS AND WOMEN’S CLUBS.

Cricket Uganda gave 17 secondary schools and 13 ladies’ clubs cricket equipment to help them in the development of the game. The equipment is part of the consignment of equipment received by Cricket Uganda from its Australian partners Bankstown District Cricket Club.

Bankstown have been collecting cricket gear from the Bankstown community in Australia since 2004 and sending it to Uganda to help them with their programs. This relationship between Bankstown and Cricket Uganda started at the U19 World Cup in 2004 when the team manager of the Australian U19 team Brian Freedman was touched when he saw a very talented Uganda team share equipment. Since then he has taken it upon himself to collect the equipment on a yearly basis, load it in a container with all shipping costs paid up to Mombasa.

The equipment was given to the 14 schools that recently qualified for the boys’ schools cricket week with three schools that will not take part in the cricket week also benefiting from the same gesture. The three schools are Makerere College School, Trinity Academy Bwebajja and Iganga SSS. The 14 schools that received equipment include Teso College, Busoga College Mwiri, Ntare School, Nyakasura School, Masaka SSS, Jinja SSS, Busoga High School, St Johns Mukono, Mukono Parents, Ndejje SSS, Kololo SSS, Kiira College Butiki, Kings College Budo and Kyambogo College School.

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13 ladies’ cricket clubs also received equipment from Cricket Uganda. The 13 clubs make up the ladies’ league and are separated into two divisions. There are six teams in the top division that received equipment include Pioneer, Olila High School, Soroti Challengers, KICC, Jinja SSS and Aziz Damani.

The seven teams in division two that received equipment include Wanderers, Aziz Damani development, Tornado Bee, St John’s School, Gayaza High School, Premier Cricket Club, and Ceylon Lions.

The equipment will surely help the clubs and schools develop their own players as well as ensure they can practise in a safe environment.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CRICKET UGANDA SENDS THIRTEEN U-19 PLAYERS FOR STAR FIELD TOURNAMENT IN NAIROBI

A team of thirteen U19 players was yesterday flagged off to Nairobi, Kenya by National Council of Sports together with UCA to take part in the second edition of the Star Field Tournament.

The team that arrived in Nairobi early this morning and will be led by Jackson Ogwang as the coach and Rokani Slyvester as team manager.

Cricket Uganda in their press release confirmed that the preparation for the 2022 U19 World Cup had started and this tournament was first of many as they look to prepare the next generation of U19 players.

Only four players who were part of the failed U19 qualifiers in Namibia are part of the 13 man squad that travelled to Nairobi.

The team will be led by Nyakasura School Pascal Murungi and will be assisted by Munir Ismail. The eight new faces include 16-year-old Anas Baig son of former Cricket Cranes captain Akbar Baig and Ronald Lutaaya a son of one of the ground staff at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

The starfield tournament will run from August 21-26 and all games will be played on a T20 format.

The finals of the tournament will be held at the iconic Gymkhana Grounds in Nairobi.

Uganda will face sides from Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, India and South Africa.

 

Lady Cricket Cranes Etch Into History Books But Tanzania In Control At Kwibuka

By Innocent Ndawula

Kwibuka Women T20 Tournament

Thursday Results

Uganda 314/2 Mali 10/10

Uganda won by 304 runs

Tanzania 105/7 Rwanda 91/8

Tanzania won by 14 runs

Friday Fixtures - Gahanga

10.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali

2.50pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Uganda’s Lady Cricket Cranes laid down a marker with a flurry of records enroute to scripting a magnimous 304-run defeat over Mali at the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament on Day Three.

The beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium was the venue where all the action was witnessed. Mali had already set a world record for the lowest ever total on Tuesday, having been bowled out for 6 against Rwanda. And Uganda showed their ‘intention to kill’ when captain Rita Musamali won the toss and elected to bat first on the day.

Big hitting Immaculate Nakisuuyi (R) opened the batting with Alako. She scored 34 off 18 balls before getting clean bowled.

Runs galore 

Opener Proscovia Alako and captain Musamali both hit centuries for Uganda, the first time two centuries had been hit in the same innings of a women's Twenty20 International. Alako made 116 off 71 (15 boundaries), and was run out off the penultimate delivery of the innings. Musamali stayed not out on 103 off 61 (15 boundaries), having shared a 227-run stand with Alako for the second wicket off 14.1 overs. The umpires of the day deservedly adjudging Alako as the Player of the Match.

Solo wicket

Oumou Sow bowled three overs, conceding 82 runs. Mali's only wicket taker was Aicha Kone, who bowled Immaculate Nakisuuyi (34 off 18), who played in an opener’s role for the first time in her career, in the sixth over. But the Lady Cricket Cranes had already reached 82 by then. Tenin Konate gave away only 32 runs in her four overs, the only bowler with an economy rate under 10 but Mali bowled 61 extras, with as many as 30 no-balls and 28 wides.

No Mali batsman made more than 4, with six falling for ducks. Their innings was wrapped up in 11.1 overs, with Mildred Anyigo's 3 for 1 being the best figures. In the end, Mali’s 10 all out coming through after Uganda had set a rapid 314 for 2 - the highest total in all T20Is - men or women.

Mali continued their tough initiation onto the international stage - scoring 10 all out after Uganda had set 314 for 2

Tanzania in charge

But it is still Tanzania coach Hamisi Abdallah’s girls still in charge after they deafeat hosts Rwanda by 14 runs to maintain their 100 per cent run and third successive victory. Tanzania set 105 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs, but that proved just enough as Rwanda could only limp to 91 for 8 but the time the umpires called it a day.

The loss hurt for the hosts because it was their second successive loss after going down to Uganda by 30 runs on Day Two. They must now make amends when they engage Mali as Round Two bowls off in earnest on Friday. For Uganda, they will want to draw level and make amends for their opening day loss to Tanzania when they face off again in the afternoon. The tournament has T20I status and the nation with the most points at the end of it all on Sunday evening will be declared champions.

Uganda's Lady Cricket Cranes walk off after their record-breaking win against Mali at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium.

List of records broken in the match:

*Highest total in women's T20Is, beating England women's 250 for 3 against South Africa women exactly a year ago.

*The 227-run stand between Musamali and Alako is the highest for any wicket in women's T20Is. The previous best was 182 put on by Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine against South Africa women , exactly a year ago. [South Africa women played two T20Is on the same day in Taunton on June 20, 2018]

*The margin of victory (304 runs) is the highest ever by a distance. The previous best in women's T20Is was when UAE women beat China women by 189 runs in January.

*Mali have the three lowest totals in women's T20Is, having incredibly achieved those on three consecutive days.

*The 61 extras Mali gave up are the third most in women's T20Is.

*The 82 runs Oumou Sow conceded are the most ever for Women's T20Is. The most ever conceded in men's cricket is 81 (in four overs) by Sarmad Anwar in a domestic match in Pakistan.

Additional reporting by ESPNCricinfo

All To Play For At Kwibuka As Lady Cricket Cranes Eye Ranking Points

By Innocent Ndawula

The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) gave its partisan fraternity a glimpse into the future by sending out a new-look, young, talented and energetic senior national women’s side – The Lady Cricket Cranes for the sixth edition of the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Women’s T20 Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.

Uganda’s side is without doubt an exciting mix; a reward to the six outstanding players that stood out in the Girls Cricket Week (GCW) in May and eight of the seasoned campaigners that are fresh from International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe that are looked at as a unit that will form the core of the Lady Cricket Cranes side for a long time in future.

Like the Victoria Tri-Series held in Uganda, this tournament, to be played at the beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, will have full Twenty20 International status as it will feature national sides as per ICC’s mandate to have all T20 games featuring nations attain that ranking.

The Lady Cricket Cranes side to Kigali has no less than seven players from the highly-rated Soroti Cricket Academy stable.

Defending champions and three-time winners Kenya have bowed out at 11th hour due to financial constraints whereas Zambia never confirmed when first contacted but the tournament will not be mourning their absence with two debutants – Mali from West Africa & Tanzania from East Africa – in the fold.

Second bite at cherry 

Lively all-rounder Rita Musamali of Aziz Damani gets a second bite at the cherry as captain of the side for the nine-day event that runs from June 16th to 24 in Kigali to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi that claimed over one million lives in 100 days. In the absence of seniors; Franklyn Najjumba, Consy Aweko, Janet Mbabazi, Kevin Awino, Naomi Kayondo and Rachael Ntono, who were ‘ignored’ by the selectors in the favour of using the meet as an initiation ground for a new breed of players to kick-start their international careers, captain Musamali will look to club-mates Immaculate Nakisuyi, also the vice-captain and Stephanie Nampiina when the going gets tough.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko will continue his gelling process with the side and he will be ably assisted by Ivan Kakande, fresh from coaching stint in Sri Lanka. Eight of the players on tour are from the Soroti Cricket Academy (SCA) stable whose head coach is Kakande. Four are actually from Olila High School won scooped their maiden GCW title after edging their friendly-foes Light SS of Soroti by six runs in the epic final played at Lugogo Oval on May 2.

“The selection of several youngsters is to look at the nearby future, two years to be specific, since that is the period when we expect the next Women World Cup Qualifiers to take place. We want to be ready by then. The more experienced players are still in our sights but the younger ones need more game time and guidance hence their domination of this time round,” said coach Ndiko.

Coach Michael Grace Ndiko and Ivan Kakande's Lady Cricket Cranes side will be looking to win only their third Kwibuka title. The tournament was initiated by the Rwanda Cricket Association in 2014.

The Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Tournament will be played on a two round-robin format with each country facing each other twice. The team with most points will be crowned 2019 champions.

CAST OF KWIBUKA T20 CHAMPIONS
2018: Kenya

2017: Kenya

2016: Uganda

2015: Kenya

2014: Uganda

ITINERARY FOR KWIBUKA CRICKET FOR PEACE WOMEN’S T20 TOURNAMENT
June 16: Arrival of Teams
June 17: Visit to Memorial Site, Training, Captains’ & Managers’ Meeting
June 18-23: Match Days
June 24: Team Departures

TOURNAMENT FIXTURES
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
9.30am: Tanzania vs. Uganda
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Mali 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda                                                                                                                                                                             

Thursday, June 20, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania

Friday, June 21, 2019
9.30am: Rwanda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Tanzania vs. Uganda

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania 
1.30pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda

Sunday, June 23, 2019
9.30am: Uganda vs. Mali 
1.30pm: Rwanda vs. Tanzania 
NB: All Games Will Be Played At Gahanga International Cricket Stadium

UGANDA LADY CRICKET CRANES SQUAD
The Players
Rita Musamali (Capt) - Aziz Damani, Immaculate Nakisuyi (V. Capt) – Aziz Damani, Damalie Busingye - Olila High, Joyce Mary Apio – Olila High, Stephanie Nampiina – Aziz Damani, Maria Kagoya Nyende – Aziz Damani, Evelyn Ayipo – Soroti Challengers, Sarah Walaza – Jinja SSS, Esther Iluko – Olila HS, Proscovia Alako – Olila HS, Mildred Anyigo – Olila HS, Susan Kakai – Jinja SSS, Gloria Obukor – Olila HS, Christine Anayo – Light SSS, Soroti
The Reserves
Shubaiker Naigaga – Jinja SSS & Janet Nakiranda – Victoria HS
The Officials
Coach: Michael Grace Ndiko Assistant Coach: Ivan Kakande Physiotherapist: Habiba Kulsum Anguyo Manager: Lwiza Nabulwala

Mukankusi returns to Lady Cricket Cranes ahead of Africa Tournament

Barbara Mukankusi was one of the pioneer figures of the national women’s team in 2001 and actually is the last standing player from that first-ever assembled unit.
However, in recent years, nature’s call forced Mukankusi to sit aside and following the birth of her third child in 2017, she is back to the national fold.

The top-order batter was named among the 40-man squad that is set for early preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers from May 8-13 in Zimbabwe. “Of late, I have been playing locally but internationally, I last played in 2016,” said Mukankusi.
The veteran’s basis for her selection is the decent batting figures she posted as Pioneer came close to a second Jazz Safari National Women’s League title last year.
“I wanted Pioneer to win the league last year and that’s why I played the way I did. I am only glad the selectors still see potential in me,” stated Mukankusi.

Mukankusi, led the teams for years, reckons there is work to do even if she has history and figures to back her up. “I played last season minus practice because of the busy work schedule and family and we had no coach (at Pioneer),” she said. “(Now) national team comes with full package, coach, I must attend training and so on. I will gain much from this and improve on my performance.”
The training sessions which commence on Monday will have two groups trained in Jinja by Habib Mugalula and at Lugogo by Micheal Ndiko.
The composition is eight from Sixes Challenge champions Olila High, Jinja SSS has seven in, League and T20 queens Aziz Damani have six players as is Soroti Challengers. Olila High School’s Damalie Busingye, too, returns after three-year lull.

FULL TRAINING SQUAD

Rita Musamali, Janet Mbabazi, Rachael Ntono, Immaculate Nakisuyi, Joyce Mary Apio, Stephanie Nampiina, Franklyn Najjumba, Gertrude Candiru, Kevin Awino, Consy Aweko, Carol Namugenyi, Patricia Malemikia, Esther Ilukor, Damalie Busingye, Evelyn Ayipo, Irene Alumo, Leona Babirye, Teddy Ayella, Maria Kagoya, Kevin Amuge, Barbara Mukankusi, Janet Nakiranda, Hope Wanichan, Claire Mushakamba, Mackenzie Ayato, Proscovia Alako, Gloria Obukor, Eunice Alungat, Brenda Nabisalu, Lynet Nakato, Patricia Munguryek, Maria Mwesige, Racheal Achan, Sarah Walaza, Sarah Akiteng, Susan Kakai, Saddick Shakira, Mary Akello, Charity Nyokaru, Eunice Kobusingye Coaches: Habibu Mugalula (Jinja), Micheal Ndiko (Lugogo)

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