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Big hitting Immaculate Nakisuuyi (R) opened the batting with Alako. She scored 34 off 18 balls before getting clean bowled.
Mali continued their tough initiation onto the international stage - scoring 10 all out after Uganda had set 314 for 2
Uganda's Lady Cricket Cranes walk off after their record-breaking win against Mali at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium.
The Lady Cricket Cranes side to Kigali has no less than seven players from the highly-rated Soroti Cricket Academy stable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are setting out on a mission to enhance their reputation as real African giants.
Yesterday, a 16-man contingent led by coach Habibu Mugalula and manager Harriet Nanziri departed for Kigali in attempt to reclaim the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Women’s Twenty20 Tournament title.
But unlike other teams, Uganda have thrown their young girls - The Schools Select XI - into the deep end against national teams of Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya to fight for honours. Mugalula takes the best players selected from the just-concluded Pepsi Girls Schools’ Cricket Week won by his Jinja SS last month.
“This is another chance for the youngsters to grow as we have done for their seniors,” acting Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Martin Ondeko said before the team was flagged off by National Council of Sports General Secretary David Katende in Lugogo on the cold morning. And the intent is clear for June 7-10 event at the Gahanga Stadium. “We are going to bring back the trophy,” said assistant captain Immaculate Nakisuyi after receiving the flag.
Nakisuyi is selected alongside Jinja SS teammates captain Rita Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina.
The trio is also part of the senior team preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Netherlands next month.
The Combined Girls’ Schools Select XI team traveled to Rwanda (Kigali) for the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Women’s Tournament on Wednesday 8th June 2016. According to the earlier arrangements at Kigali, the hosts had invited 2 countries namely, Uganda and Kenya, unfortunately Kenya withdrew at the last minute, but the tournament had to carry on with only Uganda and Rwanda participating. Eventually UCA Girls Schools Select team were crowned victors having won the series on 5-0 tally against the Rwanda Ladies team. A total of 4 (four) T-20 games and 1 (one) 40 over game rounded up the series with Uganda clinching the host. The team returned home on Monday, a board trinity bus.
Stephanie Nampiina, Kevin Awino, and Rita Musamali (Jinja SSS), Saidat Kemigisha, Malemikia Patricia and Hope Wanichan (Kololo SSS), Immaculate Nakisuyi and Teddy Ayella (Masaka SSS), Regius Tumusiime and Damalie Kayondo (Gayaza High School), Mary Akwi (Lord’s Meade Vocational School), Joyce Mary Apio (Olila High School), Daphine Dricilu (from Kilembe SSS), Florence Mukyala ( Busoga High School), Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS) and Hilda Kabaseke ( Ndejje SSS).The players were selected from the recent Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week tournament.
Officials: Habib Mugalulah, (Team Coach), Lwiza Nabulwala (Team Manager).
Tournament Accolade Winners:
1. Player of Series – Immaculate Nakisuyi ( Masaka SSS)
2. Best Batsman – Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS)
3. Best Bowler – Babyish Ishimwe ( Rwanda)
4. Best Fielder – Regius Tumusiime ( Gayaza High)
Prepared by: Franklyn Najjumba
Women's Dev't Officer - Uganda Cricket Association
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.