Mwiri win 16th Cricket Week title

BC Mwiri Players with the Winner's Trophy during the closing ceremony of the 2015 Pepsi Schools Cricket Week. BC Mwiri Players with the Winner's Trophy during the closing ceremony of the 2015 Pepsi Schools Cricket Week.

BUSOGA College Mwiri claimed a record 16th crown after thumping Kololo SS in a rematch of last year's final of the Pepsi Boys Schools Cricket Week.

 

In match-up of the top contenders of the 2015 edition, there was little to separate Mwiri and Kololo. Not only did the two teams reach the final game without losing a game, they came in as defending co-champions.

 

While Mwiri had arguably been the more explosive team on the way to the championship round, the game was delicately poised. But Mwiri had five players score in double figures as they raced to 115/6 in 20 overs to put the pressure on Kololo.

 

Zephania Arinaitwe, Joseph Byaruhanga, Kenneth Waiswa (who was named Man-of-series), David Wabwire and Donald Opio scored 20, 17, 17, 17 and 16 runs respectively for Mwiri SS, with Siraje Nsubuga and Simon Oketcho claiming two wickets apiece for Jinja SS.

 

Mwiri's bowling unit had been outstanding all tournament long, bowling out Mukono Parents for 48 in as late as the semi-finals. Kololo had their work cut out and as it turned out, they didn't cut it.

 

Mwiri's pace dismantled Kololo, restricting them to 85/10 in 20 overs. Mwiri skipper Wabwire claimed a game-best 3/17 while Davis Aciire, Waiswa and Collins Okwalinga added two wickets apiece.

 

"We were organized as a team," said Mwiri star Waiswa said. "We lived up to the tactics of the coach. We expected to win even though Kololo surprised us with their spirited fight." 

 

Final

Mwiri 115/6 Kololo 85 (Mwiri win by 30 runs)

Semis

Mwiri 112 Mukono 48 (Mwiri win by 62 runs)

Jinja 77/8 Kololo 78/4 (Kololo win by six wickets)

Award Winners

Man of series: Kenneth Waiswa – BC Mwiri

Best batsman: John Gabula – Kyambogo college

Best bowler: Simon Ssesaazi – Mukono Parents

Best fielder: Gerald Mubiru – Kololo SS

Best wicketkeeper: Hillary Balyeijuka – Nyakasura School 

 

PREPARED By: Kasozi Balikuddembe & Charles Mutebi ( New Vision)

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