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The choices we make in life make or break us, they often say so. Lady Cricket Cranes all-rounder Franklyn Najjumba can now relax after her decision to leave National Women’s 50-Over League champions Pioneer for Jinja Secondary School.
It certainly feels right after the 28-year-old spurred Jinja SS to the National Women’s Sixes Cup title on her first day in business at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.
“I am so excited playing with the girls,” Najjumba told Daily Monitor after the five-wicket win over Tornado Bee. “And the fact that we have won our first trophy of the season, this is a perfect start here.”
Najjumba’s right-arm medium-fast deliveries earned her figures of 2/4 in her five-ball spell and together with Stephannie Nampiina (2/2) they bowled out Tornado Bee for 35 runs in 4.5 overs.
Skipper Naome Kayondo top-scored with 10 off 13 balls. The target for coach Habibu Mugalula’s side was within reach and revenge for defeat in last year’s Sixes Cup final was imminent.
Dinah Adong sealed the job with a 16-ball 15-run knock to add to the club’s 2014 Twenty20 title.
Prior, both sides had played in the 50-Over League season opener that had gone Tornado Bee’s way.
“The girls have been used to the Twenty20 format but with time we, shall catch up,” Najjumba said.
Here, Tornado Bee majorly relied on the chemistry between their openers Rashida Kalsum (43 off 82) and Saidat Kemigisha (24 off 22).
The pair built a firm foundation and despite Nampiina (4/19) and Rita Musamali’s (3/42) resistance, they coasted 147 in 37 overs.
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
Patidar Samaj produced a stellar performance to beat Nile by four wickets to clinch their second National Men’s Twenty20 League at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.
“It feels great to be champions again,” Patidar skipper Ankit Patel told Daily Monitor upon lifting their second T20 title since 2011.
The success also ended the club’s four years of hurt encrypted by the departure of Charles Waiswa, Lawrence Ssematimba, Roger Mukasa and Akbar Baig to Tornado B.
“Since that quartet left us, we had forgotten how to win,” admitted tournament MVP Ankit.
“But this feat is what all the lads will try to build on so as to earn promotion back to the topflight limited-overs league next year.”
Just like the Sixes Challenge miss in February, it was another defeat for Nile in the T20 final.
“We have failed to win a final on two occasions. But we’ll work harder to finish in top four of the Division One 50-Over League and possibly win the Champions Trophy,” Nile skipper David Musoke said. After Musoke opted to bat first, Patidar’s Hasmukh Patel (4/21) and Emmanuel Taban (3/22) rubbed salt in Nile’s wounds.
It needed Suleman Sharif (20 off 18) and Kenneth Waiswa (14 off 19) covered up for Nile’s mediocre batting as they went on to set 120 for 9.
“I think we were about 20 runs short of our target. It eventually cost us.” Musoke noted.
Needing six per over to win, Patidar were reeling at 37-2 after five overs by Suleman (3/25) and Nasser Ahmed (2/16) but Ankit restored parity with a 28-ball 24 to clinch victory with five balls to spare.
NATIONAL TWENTY20 LEAGUE
Nile 120/9 Patidar 123/6
(Patidar won by four wickets)
Nile 144/6 Wanderers 31/4 (D/L)
(Nile won by 24 runs after D/L)
Damani 122/7 (47) Patidar 50/1 (D/L)
(Patidar won by nine wickets after D/L)
MVP: Ankit Patel (Patidar Samaj)
Best batsman: Arthur Kyobe (Challengers)
Best bowler: Mohammed Aneef (Challengers)
Best fielder: Ankit Patel (Patidar Samaj)
Best wicket-keeper: Nirav Patel (Patidar)
CAST OF T20 CHAMPIONS
KAMPALA. Cricket Cranes all-rounder Roger Mukasa was yesterday morning voted the Nile special-Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) personality for the month of October during the journalists’ meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel.
The opening batsman beat Badminton player Edward Ekiring, footballer Robert Ssentongo and rally pair of Omar Mayanja and Leon Ssenyange to the accolade for his outstanding display in the just concluded Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division III in Malaysia as he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Mukasa collected 265 runs from six innings with a highest score of 86 against Bermuda at an average of 52.8 per innings and only fell short of best batsman Malaysian Arjurn Mutreja (282)’s aggregate by 17 runs.
“What,” Mukasa reacted after Daily Monitor broke the news of his latest achievement. “I am so proud to have been voted for such an award and can’t believe it.” “It’s a big motivation and I believe I was on form for my country and would like to laud my teammates for what we did in Malaysia.”
The 25-year-old’s tidy part time off-spin deliveries that accounted for 27.5 overs also prized out 13 wickets at a cost of 125 runs, just one scalp behind the tourney’s best bowler Basanta Regmi of Nepal.
The Tornado B player hit 86 runs to help guide Uganda to the ICC Division II Cricket league, which will be held in Namibia in January 2015 after the country accumulated the required eight points.
During the same meeting, the scribes also commended Professional boxer Sharif Bogere for knocking out Mexican Fernando Garcia in the fifth round in a non-title fight.
Cricket Cranes Team for qualifying for the ICC Division II Cricket league and Shamim Bangi for scooping a bronze medal in the Nigerian Badminton tournament were all mentioned.
Uganda Registers its First win against Nepal in the ongoing Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 - Malaysia.
Nepal 183/10 in 48.5 Overs lost to Uganda 203/8 in 50 Overs by 20 runs at Kinrera ground ( Malaysia).
Nepal Won the Toss, and Elected to Field.
Batting Uganda: Mpho Selowa Mukobe 84 off 102 balls, Brian Masaba 51 off 81 balls, Jonathan Sebanja 20 off 18 balls.
Bowling Nepal: Paras Kadka 3/34 in 10 Overs, Sompal Kami 2/19 in 10 Overs, B. Regmi 2/32 in 10 Overs.
Batting Uganda: Naresh Budayair 62 off 122 balls, S. Vesewkar 22 off 31 balls, Sagar pun 22 off 28 balls.
Bowling Uganda: Davis Karashani, 4/33 in 10 Overs, Roger Mukasa 3/28 in 4 Overs, Jonathan Sebanja 2/28 in 8.5 Overs, Frank Nsubuga 1/24 in 10 Overs.
Man of Match:Mr. Mpho Selowa Mukobe...he scored 84 off 102 balls, with a total of Six 4s and Three 6s.
Congratulations to Cricket Cranes again!!!!!!
Following Team Uganda’s dismal outing at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand back in January, the cricket fraternity hurt after the nation was relegated to the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three tier.
But five months later, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) can afford a sigh of relief knowing the onus is in their hands after ICC announced that the country will host the same event from October 26 - November 2 yesterday.
And UCA officials could not hide their enchantment upon their successful bid having failed to host it last year.
“We feel excited to be given such an opportunity to host a high profile event,” a calm but delighted UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi told Daily Monitor yesterday.
“Last year, Bermuda hosted because the Americans had never hosted any international event and were also spurred by financial backing from their government,” Ligyalingi explained.
“This time, we earned the rights to host because of guaranteed security and government backing through State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi, who assured ICC officials at the recent Africa Cricket Association (ACA) meeting here.”
As part of the 2012-18 WCL road map to the 2019 ODI World Cup, Uganda will be joined by Bermuda, Nepal, USA and the top two teams from WCL Div. 4 (to be played in Singapore from 21 to 28 June), with the top two earning promotion to Division Two, to be held in early 2015.
“We have a brilliant record against many teams whenever we host an event,” newly-appointed Cricket Cranes’ coach Davis Turinawe said.
Winners at the inaugural Division III event hosted by Darwin in Australia, Uganda won the right to host ahead of holders Nepal, whose late internal bickering quashed their bid.
“About 90 percent of the officials were sure the event was coming home but several members of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) are facing corruption charges which let us down,” Arun Upreti, an editor with cricnepal.com, disclosed to this paper.