UCA ‘empower’ 40 girls’ schools with kit

With over 30 schools currently taking part in the Girls’ Schools Cricket Week Qualifiers, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have boosted further their preparations ahead of the tourney.

UCA Development Manager Henry Okecho and Operations Manager Martin Ondeko literally empowered 40 girls’ schools by giving them brand new cricket equipment sets to each.

“We encourage you not to misuse the equipment. We want you to use it well to enhance the skills of your students so that they can be able to compete better,” said Okecho, who also thanked Bankstown Cricket Club in Australia for continuing to give UCA good equipment for 13 years to-date, during the hand over at Lugogo.

Each of the schools that was represented by their games and cricket masters received four pairs of batting pads, four pairs of batting gloves, six helmets, four thigh guards, one pair of wicket-keeping gloves and one pair of wicket-keeping pads. The best 12 schools from the qualifiers will take part in the Girls Cricket Week from April 29 to May 4.

THE BENEFICIARIES 
Kololo, Gayaza High, K. C Budo, Ndejje, Seeta High, Mukono Parents, Kyambogo College,City High, Nalinya Lwantale, Green Hill Academy, St Lawrence Sonde, Masaka, Bwala, Kako, Blessed Sacrament, Exodus, St Gerald, Lords Meade, Jinja SSS, Busoga High, St James, Good Heart, Busedde, Pmm Girls, Honest Hill, Olila High, Halcony High, Soroti Mun, Light SSS, Kyebambe, Nyakasura School, Kasese SSS, Kilembe SSS, Mt Rwenzori, St Theresa, Mt Rwenzori, Bwera SSS, Mutwanyana High, Rock High, Tororo Town College.

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The UCA Girls Schools Select team Wins the 3rd Edition of the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Tournament in Kigali - Rwanda

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.

 

The Team;

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

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 Tournament -2016

The 2016 Pepsi Girls Schools' Cricket Tournament is here with bang, 12 schools shall be tussling it out for honors in a T20 format hosted by Gayaza High School and National Council of Sports.

 

The event boosts of a large crop of talent in the tiers of U19 Girls team and the Senior Women’s National team eager to display well-polished techniques in imitation of their idols.

 

The Tournament shall have some big names of National team players like Immaculate Nakisuyi (Masaka SSS), Stephanie Nampiina (Jinja SSS), Rita Musamali ( Jinja SSS), Rachael Ntono ( St James SSS), Kevin Awino ( Jinja SSS), and Joyce Mary Apio ( Olila High School) who represented Uganda in the just concluded ICC Africa Women’s World Cup Qualifiers held in Zimbabwe.

 

There is no better place to be, than at Lugogo, Kyambogo, KC Budo 1&2, and Gayaza Cricket Grounds come 6th -11th May 2016. Be the first to Come and witness the inaugural T20 Girls’ Schools Tournament.

 

Please see Below the Schools that qualified for the Pepsi Schools Cricket Week Tournament – 2016.

 

CENTRAL REGION
Kololo Senior Secondary School
Kyambogo College
Ndejje Senior Secondary School
Gayaza High School

 

EASTERN REGION
Jinja Senior Secondary School
St James Senior Secondary School
Busoga High School
Lord’s Meade Vocational School
Olila High School

 

WESTERN REGION
Nyakasura School
Kilembe Senior Secondary School

 

SOUTH WESTERN REGION
Masaka Senior Secondary School

 

 

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.

 

 

EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 Uganda Cricket Association distributed cricket equipment to 44 Secondary Schools all over the Country in a colourful handover ceremony at the National Council of Sports (NCS) Headquarters Lugogo. The ceremony was presided over by the Assistant General Secretary NCS Mr David Katende.  The equipment included batting pads, helmets, batting gloves, kit bags, wicket keeping pads and gloves, bats, thigh guards, balls and abdominal guards.

 

This equipment was sent to Uganda by our friends in Australia, Banks Town Cricket Association based in Sydney last year.

 

At Uganda’s first appearance at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004, the team struck up a relationship with the then Team Manager for the Australian Under 19 side, Mr Brian Freedman.

 

Brian promised to collect and send equipment to Uganda from well-wishers in Australia. This promise was fulfilled a year later with the first container arriving in the Country a year later in 2005.

 

Ever since 2004, Uganda Cricket Association has received 9consignments of equipmentfrom Banks Town Cricket Association. This equipment and clothing has been very helpful in the development of the game as it has been used by all National Teams, development groups and Schools among others.

 

This has significantly reduced on the cost of equipment procurement by the Association in recent years as most of it is in a very good state.

 

Mr Brian Freedman was invited to Uganda in 2013 and was very impressed with how the equipment was being utilised.

 

Below are the Schools that Benefited;

 

     
     

NAME OF SCHOOL

 

NAME OF SCHOOL

CENTRAL REGION

 

MASAKA DISTRICT

KOLOLO SSS

1

MASAKA SSS

GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL

2

ST HENRY'S KITOVU

KINGS COLLEGE BUDO

3

KAKO SSS

NDEJJE SSS

4

BLESSED SACRAMENT KIMANYA

OLD KAMPALA SSS

5

EXODUS SSS

MUKONO PARENTS

6

ST MARIA GORETTI SSS

KYAMBOGO COLLEGE SCHOOL

   

MAKERERE COLLEGE SCHOOL

 

 

NAMILYANGO

 

 

RAINBOW ACADEMY

    

TORORO DISTRICT

HOPE HIGH SCHOOL

1

ST PETER'S COLLEGE

GREEN HILL ACADEMY

2

ROCK HIGH SCHOOL

 

3

MANJASI HIGH SCHOOL

 

4

TORORO TOWN COLLEGE

EASTERN REGION

   

BUSOGA COLLEGE MWIRI

   

JINJA SSS

   

BUSOGA HIGH SCHOOL

 

SOROTI DISTRICT

ST JAMES SSS

1

SOROTI LIGHT

KIRA COLLEGE BUTIKI

2

OLILA SSS

JINJA COLLEGE

3

TESO COLLEGE ALOET

LORDS MEADE VOCATIONAL COLLEGE

   

GOOD HEART

   

BUSEDDE SSS

   

PMM GIRLS

   
     
     

WESTERN REGION

   

NTARE SCHOOL

   

NYAKASURA SCHOOL

   

ST LEOS KYEGOBE

   

KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL

   

KASESE SSS

   

KILEMBE SSS

   

MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL

   

ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL

   

MT RWENZORI HIGH SCHOOL

   
     

 

 PREPARED BY: FRANKLYN NAJJUMBA

WOMEN'S DEV'T OFFICER

 

   

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

Schools Cricket Week bats big time with Shs10m

Pepsi Cola has today committed Shs10 million to the successful staging of this year’s #Pepsi Boys Schools Cricket Week that will run from August 15th to 21st, 2015 at various ovals.


The week-long tournament will also be supported by Bankstown Cricket Club (Australia) will be played at five different grounds; Lugogo, Kyambogo, Kings College Budo, and Gayaza High School cricket ovals with two games per day. 


Ms. Tracy Kakuru, the brand executive, who represented Mr. Innocent Tibayeita, the head of sales and marketing at Crown Beverages Limited, the bottlers of Pepsi, said the sponsorship will cover, among other things, refreshments, publicity, transport, trophies, accommodation and meals. 


“Pepsi has decided to sponsor the upcoming #cricket week for boys secondary schools with a Shs10 million package as a sign of its continued commitment to developing the sport in Uganda.

The sport also offers us an opportunity to showcase our thematic campaign of Live For Now,” said Ms Kakuru.


“As Pepsi Cola we know that youth want to grab as many fun, active, exciting and spontaneous, social opportunities as they can. They are ready for the fun, excitement and entertainment and they want all this, now. It’s for this reason that we are positioning Pepsi Cola as the catalyst for the Now moments,” she added at the unveiling of the sponsorship package at Lugogo in Kampala.


According to Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), 12 schools picked from the regional qualifiers will be joined by an invitational side from Rwanda to take part in the tournament.
From the Central region; Kololo SS, King’s College Budo, Aga Khan High School, Kyambogo College and Mukono Parents High School qualified for the event, while from the Eastern Region; Busoga College Mwiri, Jinja Senior Secondary School, Busoga High School, and St. James Senior Secondary School, as St Leo’s College Kyegobe and Nyakasura School qualified from the Western Region and Masaka Senior Secondary School from the South Western Region. 


Last year’s championship was shared between Kololo SS and Busoga College Mwiri.
According to the Mr Justine Ligyalingi, the CEO UCA, this tournament, other than promoting development of the sport locally, is critical in identifying talent at various competition levels, including the national schools team.


“This competition provides the Association with a platform to select the squad of Under 19 players that shall be involved in the Global Under 19 Qualifiers due to take place in October plus other age group tournaments. We would also like to thank the media for the good coverage of our activities, and looking forward to strengthen this relationship,” Ligyalingi said, adding: “We appreciate Pepsi’s contribution today, as well as their past support to the rejuvenation of the game in Uganda.”
This will be the fourth-year running that Pepsi is sponsoring the Boys Schools’ Cricket Week and fans will not only be able to enjoy ice-cold Pepsi Cola sodas but they will get a chance to win lots of prizes during the tournament. 
This year’s tournament, according to Mr. Ligyalingi, shall run for a week with the introduction of the quarter finals and classification games. The fixtures will be released after the draws on Saturday. 
During this tournament, the best players shall be selected to form a schools select team that shall travel to Rwanda for a series of build-up games.

 

For More Information Contact: 
Berna Kizza,
Brand Manager, Pepsi
Tel: +256754473287
Or 
Justin Ligyalingi, 
CEO, Uganda Cricket Association 
Tel +256777759851

 

 

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