SAUD ISLAM, AKANKWASA AND MUHUMUZA MAKE THE MOST OF QATAR TOUR

As the Cricket Cranes move to India, they leave Qatar bruised winning just two games out of the scheduled five.

They were able to win one T20 game and one 50-over game in very tough conditions. The very cold, humid and windy conditions made it difficult for batsmen against the new ball and also taking the high catches in the field.

The Cricket Cranes uncharacteristically put down a lot of chances in the field which led to them having to chase big totals in the games they lost. While the hosts exploited the windy conditions to swing the ball, Uganda’s bowlers had no control with the new ball straying down the leg a couple of times and bowling a lot of full balls.

However, there were some stand out performances. Deus Muhumuza marked his return to the Cricket Cranes with some gusty knocks in the middle order. Youngster Frank Akankwasa, on his maiden tour with the senior side, put in a wonderful all-rounder shift scoring runs as well as picking wickets with his slow bowling. Akankwasa, a former captain of the U19 Cricket Cranes, has taken the opportunity with both hands and he is the perfect replacement for the evergreen Frank Nsubuga.

Saud Islam, though ineligible to play for Uganda yet, was the star of the 50-over matches. He scored a century and a half-century in the two games a further notice to the selectors that he can cope with international cricket.

The Cricket Cranes have switched camp to India where they will be joined by six players from Kampala, Frank Nsubuga and Saud Islam return to Kampala from Qatar with youngsters Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru, Calvin Watuwa and Jonathan Kiiza linking up with the other players in Mumbai.

The team is preparing for the inaugural Africa T20 Cup slated for March 20-28 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

PATIDAR PICK FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST TORNADO BEE

Sunday 4th August 2019 | Lugogo Cricket Oval | Division 1

  • Toss won by Tornado Bee who elected to bat.
  • Tornado Bee CC: 100 in 42.2/50 overs & Patidar CC:101/3 in 17.2/50 overs
  • Result: Patidar won by 7 wickets.
  • Batting Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 27 runs off 66 balls
  • Bowling Patidar CC: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs, Derrick Bakunzi 3/16 in 8.2
  • Batting Patidar CC: Ankit Patel 64 runs off 42 balls, Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls
  • Bowling Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 2/15 in 4 overs.
  • Man of Match: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs & Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls

Patidar picked up their first win of the season with a resounding seven-wicket win over Tornado Bee.

The four-time champions, Tornado Bee, who had won back to back games were seeking their third win of the season which would move them further away from the relegation scrap.

Tornado Bee won the toss and chose to bat first but they failed to build meaningful partnerships apart from the top three batsmen who had double figures the other batsmen none had double figures.

The spin combination of Hardik Patel (2/23) and Derrick Bakunzi (3/16) wreaked havoc as they skittled out the former winners for only 100 in 40 overs.

Patidar captain Ankit Patel made sure of all match points leading from the front for a fluid half-century as his side dropped three wickets in the chase to win by 7 wickets.

This is the first win for Patidar who have suffered from the weather denying them action in two games that ended in draws but could have easily been their wins.

They will take the win as they try and play catch up with the teams at the top.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

Michael Ndiko Selected As Coach Of The Global Development Squad

Michael Grace Ndiko has landed a great opportunity as coach of the Global Development squad. Micheal was chosen out of a number of other associate nation coaches that took part in the ladies World Cup qualifiers and Michael is the current coach of the Lady Cricket Cranes. 

Fortune always favors the prepared and this opportunity comes at a time when Michael has completed his level three coaching course in South Africa and was also part of the high-performance training in Namibia early this year. 

The primary aim of the Women’s Global Development Squad program is to provide the opportunity for high-performing players outside the ICC Women’s Championship to develop their skills, ensuring women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength. We aim to bridge the competitive gap between those who play in a formalized regular international competition and those who play international cricket less frequently. 

The program will achieve this by:

  • Guaranteeing competitive match opportunities for players;
  • Providing a coaching placement for two team coaches;
  • Exposing players to T20 franchise teams, who may consider picking them in the future as overseas players; and
  • Building a sustainable partnership with Full Members to ensure the longevity of the program.

The players who are part of this squad have been selected from the teams that will be competing at the Global Women's World Cup qualifier in Scotland. Unfortunately, the four ladies selected from Zimbabwe will miss out due to ICC sanctions. Michael Ndiko will leave the country on July 26th to join up with the rest of the squad in the UK. The training program will include warm-up games against the Franchise T20 teams, Elite training, personal development, and communication training. 

The program will run from July 26th to August 4th.  

The WGDS squad: Javeria Khan (Pakistan, captain), Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque (both Bangladesh), Christina Gough (Germany), Celeste Raack (Ireland), Denise van Deventer (Netherlands), Brenda Tau, Ravini Oa (both PNG), Abtaha Maqsood, Hannah Rainey, Becky Glen (all Scotland), Sugetha Kalyanaraman Chandhrasekar (USA). Coach: Michael Ndiko (Uganda); Mentor coach: Laura Macleod (England).

By Denis Musali 

Hong Kong To Host First Round Of The World Challenge League

Hong Kong have been ear marked as hosts of the first of three rounds of the newly created World Challenge League. The World Challenge League was created to replace the old World Cricket League Division format with the premise that associate nations will be to get more playing time. 

The World Cricket League Div 3 tournament in Oman in 2018 Uganda was place in Pool B of the World Challenge League alongside neighbours Kenya, Italy, Bermuda, Jersey and Hong Kong. The six nations will get a chance to play over 15 ODIs against each other over 30 months will the team at the top of the table at the end of the round robin format going on to compete for a shot at the 2023 World Cup with the top associates. 

The Cricket Cranes have had a forgettable international experience since 2017, apart from the success in Malaysia in 2018 when they won the Div 4 title they have failed to put up a credible performance in any other international competitions. The ICC Africa T20 World Cup qualifier in Kampala was the last competition for the cricket cranes where they missed out on qualification for the next round of qualifiers finishing a dismal fourth out of the six nations. 

Steve Tikolo has a lot of work to do with the team ahead of the first round in Hong Kong, with some experienced players opting out of selection due to work and family commitments he will need to fast track apt of young players into the side. 

The first round of the World Challenge League will be held from Nov 25th to Dec 10th. Home side Hong Kong has made changes to its technical bench with Irish Legendary fast bowler Trent Johnson appointed as captain. 

The Cricket Cranes also started non residential training under the guidance of Steve Tikolo and his assistant Jackson Ogwang. A squad of 26 players was invited to start training which will be cut down to 18 at the end of he 1st month of training. 

By Denis Musali 

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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Cricket Cranes to make light weather of Oman

Team Uganda have calmly settled into the Arabian Peninsula of Oman ahead of their International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III campaign.

With Uganda set to play its opening match on Friday (November 9), Uganda Cricket Association chairman Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira worked his magic to send the Cricket Cranes for at least four days of acclimatization here in Muscat.

All seems to be going according to plan for the team based at the five-star City Seasons Hotel as the team continues with preparation and adapting programme.

“We are grateful to Mr Khimji Kanak the director of KR Group here in Oman who has hosted and ensured our desire to acclimatize becomes a reality,” said Jackson Kavuma, the Cricket Cranes Team Manager.

“He has taken care of a large chunk of our logistics to ensure that we have a decent place to put our heads and also access training facilities. This preparation is priceless as the team embarks on a tough but possible mission.”

The Cricket Cranes arrived in Muscat in the wee-hours of Monday morning, had a cardio session including gym, swimming and stretching at the hotel’s rooftop pool and did shake off the jet-lag proper yesterday with fully-fledged training session at OC Turf for two hours.

The season is winter here but doesn’t differ too much from that of Uganda with the conditions hot and air staying dry. The team will continue to adapt before taking on Denmark and USA on two back-to-back days (Friday and Saturday).

Acclimatizing. ItThe Cricket Cranes arrived in Muscat in the wee-hours of Monday morning, had a cardio session including gym, swimming and stretching at the hotel’s rooftop pool and did shake off the jet-lag proper yesterday with fully-fledged training session at OC Turf for two hours.

By Innocent Ndawula

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