MASABA, MUKASA INSPIRE AZIZ DAMANI TO WIN AGAINST TORNADO BEE

  • Aziz Damani 331/7 (Brian Masaba: 97 runs not off 77 balls, Roger Mukasa: 84 runs off 79 balls, Saud Islam: 73 runs off 66 balls) 48 overs beat Tornado Bee 99 in 29.4 overs by 232 runs
  • Player of the Match: Henry Ssenyondo (5 wickets for 20 runs in 9.4 overs with 4 maidens)

National team duo of Roger Mukasa (84) and Brian Masaba (97) inspired their club side Aziz Damani to a big win over former champions Tornado Bee.

The game played at the University Oval in Kyambogo was a one-sided affair as the reigning champions rolled out their rivals to pick up their second win of the season.

Aziz Damani won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Roger Mukasa (84) and Saud Islam (74) were able to put on 158 runs for the first wicket as Damani put their rivals to the sword. Brian Masaba (97) was able to pick up from where the openers stopped as he anchored the rest of the innings with a fluent half-century.

In the chase, Henry Ssenyondo (5/20) claimed a fiver as Tornado Bee was not given a chance to even come close eventually bundled out for 99 in 29 overs. Mitch Horrocks (31) and Sohaib Eshan (25) were able to make some decent contributions with the bat for Tornado Bee.

The win was the second for Damani in the league as Tornado Bee continue to wait for their first win of the season.

The game between Kutchi Tigers and Patidar was postponed after the ground was in use by the golf fraternity for a private function.

Prepared by : Denis Musali 

DAMANI DEAL WITH KUTCHI TIGERS AS SKLPS SHOCK PATIDAR

Once the rain stayed away over the weekend, Aziz Damani made sure they take care of business with a 121-run win over Kutchi Tigers.

The match played at the University Oval in Kyambogo saw Damani win the toss and choose to bat 1st.

Even the early loss of Roger Mukasa (24) with only 37 runs on the board didn’t help Kutchi Tigers in any way as Saud Islam (41), Brian Masaba (41) and Frank Nsubuga (42) all contributed to a team total of 196 all out.

With a dry wicket, Henry Ssenyondo (5/16) and Frank Nsubuga (3/19) spun webs around the Kutchi Tigers batsmen bundling them out for 75 in 20 Overs.

The win is the first for the defending champions this season as they seek a third straight title.

The shock of the weekend came at Lugogo where SKLPS shocked Patidar with a two-wicket win.

SKLPS won the toss and made a wise decision to field first and they quickly reduced Patidar in 2/5 in 2.3 overs to have their tails up in the contest of the promoted sides.

Unfortunately, Patidar failed to recover from that collapse with only Derrick Bakunzi (20) having a decent score as they crumbled to 83 all out inside 28 overs.

The pace of Innocent Mwebaze (5/26) and Cosmas Kyewuta (3/31) nearly swung the game for Patidar as they combined to pick up eight wickets but SKLPS were able to hold on for the win by two wickets.

At the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe, Challengers were undone by a wet wicket as they shared points with Tornado in a no contest.

Kutchi Tigers are top of the table for now by virtue of having played the most games but Damani, KICC and Challengers are all lurking.

Aziz Damani eye first silverware of season

The fraternity may still be healing from hosts Uganda’s failure to make the coveted top two places at the ICC Africa Men’s Twenty20 Regional Finals.

And notwithstanding the on-going ICC ODI World Cup on television, there is already cricket again on the local menu with the UCA Divisional Twenty20 Tournament set to climax today.

The Divisional T20 showpiece was primarily put in place to get players ready for the now concluded Africa T20 Cup.
Nonetheless, three teams are left in the fray, eager to take this Division One title with Aziz Damani waiting for either KICC or Challengers in this afternoon’s final at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

KICC and Challengers meet first in the tournament’s third eliminator this morning to determine who plays the final against star-studded Damani.

For KICC, they are eyeing to lift their first silverware since winning the Sixes Challenge in 2015.
“We have a chance to do so,” said KICC captain Hanumant Kaktar who has amassed 20 wickets thus far.
KICC has had quite a number of close shaves to trophies with the latest being the 31-run loss to Damani in the Unimoni T20 Cup final on December 9, 2018.

Katkar has since reinforced with the inclusion of Cricket Cranes’ all-rounder Deus Muhumuza and Lawrence Ssempijja who has 18 wickets. Wassim Butt leads their batting with 312 runs from 13 innings.
But Challengers are faring badly. Their last trophy success came in this format, winning the 2017 T20 Cup final against Damani early last year.

And now, chinaman Henry Ssenyondo leads their bowling attack with 19 scalps while Gerald Mubiru has 15. With the bat, Kamal Shahzad has 310 runs in 10 innings.

But the victor here faces a tall order to stop Damani who are eyeing their first trophy of 2019.
Since being formed four years ago, Damani has won the 2015 Night Cricket, Kishor Pabari T20 Memorial and Division Two League honours in 2016, Super Cup and Division One League in 2017 plus the League and T20 double last year.

The hunger remains abound. “We are ready to face any team,” skipper Ghulam Hunzai offered, “The team has good balance and we just need our main players to show up,” he said.

The team’s star player is Saud Islam who leads the batting and bowling charts with 346 runs and 21 wickets from 12 matches. Roger Mukasa also has 340 runs in 8 innings while Fred Achelam has scored 317 runs in 11 innings.

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Patidar Challenge Damani

It is pretty unfortunate that clubs in Uganda’s cricket do not last long at the top.
Often, it is a case of money bags dominating and when the wind blows away the sand at the base, it all crumbles at a go.

Tornado and Wanderers will always be referred to for their longevity not until their coffers failed to match the present-day conditions of the game. Premier was there nearly a decade ago, it was Tornado Bee yesterday and Aziz Damani’s lucrative offers today help them dominate with a star-studded side.
Tornado Bee took over from Patidar Samaj’s mini-slump. The latter was boss in 2010 and 2011 and notwithstanding their 2015 T20 Cup success, its cream melted.

Now back to the top tier, Patidar has scored 50 percent after four wins out of eight matches in UCA Divisional Twenty20 League.
With that glass neither half-full or half-empty, Patidar is keen on deflating Damani’s balloon when the two teams meet at Lugogo Oval today.

“We want to make the semi-finals here as we prepare for the 50-Over League,” Patidar’s skipper Ankit Patel told this paper.
His side is fourth with 16 points while Damani is second after winning all six matches to amass 24 points.

“It’s a very big game,” said the man who returned to the club from Kutchi Tigers after it earned promotion.
“Damani has almost the entire national team but we will put 100 percent and give them a good fight,” added Ankit who has so far made 177 runs. Hardik Patel has eight wickets.
But Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.

“Achelam is on form, Roger Mukasa is our main player and Saud Islam always shows up,” said Damani’s captain Ghulam Hunzai.
“We are going to win softly with God’s grace since we have good players and good combinations,” he added.

Meanwhile, KICC hope to recover from their mistakes made against Damani last weekend when they face SKLPS at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
KICC’s Wassim Butt leads the batting charts with 242 runs from 10 innings while captain Hanumant Katkar is interestingly top of the bowlers’ list with 15 scalps, one more than his teammate Lawrence Ssempijja.

Go-to man. Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.

UCA MEN’S DIVISIONAL T20

TODAY’S FIXTURES - 10AM & 3PM
Patidar vs. Aziz Damani, Lugogo
SKLPS vs. KICC, Entebbe

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Ssesaazi, Arinaitwe lead batting charge, Damani off to a flyer

The race for slots on the senior national team to represent Uganda at the ICC Africa Men’s Twenty20 Qualifier due May will go down to the wire. 
And the UCA Men’s Twenty20 Divisional Tournament is the yardstick for that, then selectors are up for a headache while players are in for a pretty exciting and tight battle.

There is no batsman or bowler who wants to be left out for that showpiece that will be staged on home soil for two months. On Sunday, the run scorers went big and sent out a loud message to the selectors with many crossing the half-ton mark.
Pakistan-born Wasim Butt continued with the form as he made a quick-fire 56 off 28 to guide KICC to a morning 31-run victory over Kutchi Tigers at Lugogo Oval.

The double was complete for KICC, making it three wins in four tournament matches when left-hander Simon Ssesaazi struck a near-accurate half-century of 61 runs in the afternoon seven-wicket triumph over the Tigers.
“This is just the beginning,” said Ssesaazi. He recently made 244 runs in four innings, enough to emerge as best batsman for Uganda on their Sanjay Cricket Farm Tour in India last month.
“I am working hard to get a place on the national team. Then I hope I can keep it and we take it on from there but this is just the start,” added the top-order batsman.

Tigers had 109-9 with Nandikishor Patel making 36 off 31. Patel’s teammates had struggled to negotiate the bowling spells of Lawrence Ssempijja (3/16) and Irfan Afridi (3/17).
The chase was made easy by Ssesaazi, him making five boundaries and two sixes. Another new KICC signing Deus Muhumuza, also returning from India, fired 30 off 33.

“We are disciplined,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar stated. “I am happy that some of our players are really performing well,” he added.
The fire didn’t stop there. Left-handers Arthur Kyobe (52 off 27) and Arnold Otwani (45 off 46) punished SKLPS to help Challengers to a morning 108-run morning victory in Kyambogo. In the afternoon, Zephaniah Arinaitwe fired 66 off 39 whereas Kamal Shahzad struck 59 off 26 enroute to setting 239-4, enough to coast to a 158-run victory. Challengers are at 3-1 for the season.

Division one - cricket league

KICC 160/6 Kutchi Tigers 129/7
(KICC won by 31 runs)
Kutchi Tigers 109/9 KICC 115/3
(KICC won by 7 wickets)
Aziz Damani 183/6 Tornado Bees 99/7
(Aziz Damani won by 84 runs)

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Unimoni T20 success seals best season for Aziz Damani

The Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup didn’t heed to the fact that sport hates dominance as the tournament wrapped up on Sunday.

It ended with familiar sights as Aziz Damani sealed a rare season double after beating perennial Cup finalists KICC by 31 runs at the University Oval in Kyambogo on a day largely devoid of sunshine.
Now Damani players have the mandate to demand for something more than a celebratory trip to Kenya from club owner Siva Koti. 
This is after they became the first club since Tornado back in 2012 to win both the T20 and limited-overs’ silverware.

Best day
“It is our best day,” Koti said moments after his common loud celebrations with the players at dusk with the trophy and a Shs2m dummy cheque from sponsors Unimoni.

Businessman Koti had won a black t-shirt on the day with a gigantic print of the face of an African lion, much to show much Damani had roared in the club cricket jungle this year. 
“We have won all trophies in the year,” he said of the double, also done by the Damani ladies. 
“We had planned for this and we have achieved it. We motivated the players and had good training,” he added.

The players must be happier. “It wasn’t easy but we did the basics right,” left-arm pace bowler Charles Waiswa said in front of television camera.

Damani defended the 50-Over League by going unbeaten over 14 matches but in the T20, they had been floored by Ceylon Lions via the group stages on November 24.

Somehow they found sweet revenge on Sunday when the two faced off in the morning semifinal at Lugogo, Damani successfully chasing a target of 142 runs. Lions had failed to stop them from getting 35 runs from the last 15 balls.

Challengers denied
On the other hand in Lugogo, KICC had denied three-peat chasing Challengers by winning a low-scoring thriller by 11 runs after Suleman Sharif and Irfan Afridi had put another customary stand-out batting show. But KICC must consult their gods more if they are ever to play a T20 Cup final. It turned out that they lost a third final, like it happened in 2014 and 2016 to Challengers.
“We are not cursed,” KICC captain Hanumant Katkar said, “We didn’t do enough to win it. May be we are just a little shy of the podium but we’ll get there someday,” he said.

Obviously, once beaten, twice shy for KICC but Damani as well had other ideas having failed to unlock the championship door even with four straight semifinals.

Captain fantastic
With Damani opting to bat first, they relied on Saud Islam’s 36-ball 47 to reach a safe total of 140-8 even if KICC bowlers Falak Shar (3/26), Afridi (2/33) and Davis Karashani (2/23) had been resistant.

Then Wassim Butt began the chase for KICC like a man on a mission, the opener stroking six boundaries and five sixes but his innings ended at the 12th over with a fine knock of 68 off 37.

Unfortunately, his teammates couldn’t supplement in a more distinct way, Damani’s Bilal Hassun (2/13) and Riazat Shah (4/17) clipping their small wings smartly. Butt was ‘consoled’ with a Player of Series accolade while Sharif was Best Batsman.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

Damani on Cloud 9 after rare double

Aziz Damani ladies cricket team has blossomed way beyond expectation at the grand stage of the game this year.
When Immaculate Nakisuyi delivered a master class to earn them their maiden Mehta Twenty20 Premier League title on June 23, little did they know that the crown in the longer format was close.
Now they were nearly flawless as they sealed a season double after clinching the topflight Jazz Safari National Women’s League title at the weekend.
Needing a victory with a bonus point to eclipse Olila High School and Pioneer, Damani’s wish was granted as they dispatched the old good and now minnows Wanderers by eight wickets the University Oval in Kyambogo to grab the silverware.
“We are grateful because it was not easy,” Damani ladies’ coach Yusuf Nanga said. It is the first time a ladies’ club is winning a season double since Wanderers did so in 2013.
It is also the first time that a franchise has won the same title on offer across both men and women’s fronts since Tornado Bee won the league gongs in 2016. Wanderers too won the T20 titles in 2013.
On Saturday, after both teams got off late, Wanderers’ batters Hilda Kabaseke (34* off 98 balls) and Racheal Kagoya (10 off 38) by passed hurdles from Consy Aweko (2/15) and Nakisuyi (2/18) to set 84-6 in 35 overs.
Damani ably chased the target in 15 overs with Jenifer Nabwana producing an unbeaten knock of 37 runs off 49 balls while player of the match Sylvia Kinyua got 23 off 17.
Wanderers’ Shakira Sadick’s 1/23 in four overs was rendered a footnote in the script.

RESULTS
Wanderers 84/6 Aziz Damani 87/2
(Damani won by 8 wickets)
Tornado Bee 95/9 Tornado 77/9
(Tornado Bee won by 18 runs)
JACC 44/10 Ceylon Lions 45/5
(Ceylon Lions won by 5 wickets)

CURRENT STANDINGS
Damani 24 points
Olila HS 23
Pioneer 22
Jinja SS 9
KICC 6
Wanderers 0

By Darrren Allan Kyeyune

Champions Damani shifts focus to Unimoni T20 Cup

A script never opened, read and one never thought of. 
That’s not even enough to describe Aziz Damani Cricket Club’s successful yet historic title defence in the Jazz Safari National League.

On Sunday, Damani scored a rare 100 percent after winning all 14 league matches with a last seven-wicket triumph over Tornado Bee in Entebbe to bag their second topflight men’s club cricket title in as many years. Rare!

It is the first time a team has won all matches and it will become ordinary if another team achieves this landmark. To be honest, not any time soon.

And by the way, it is also strange to imagine that the title race six years was sorted by a bye for four runs when Wanderers’ quest faded through then captain Denis Musali’s gloves from Dennis Tabby to the ropes against Tornado.

Now Tabby at Damani, they wrapped up this title with four matches to go and the cigarettes were out of the packets and whiskey was already flowing down the glasses. “It may look simple,” Damani’s CEO Siva Koti said after the win over Tornado Bee in Entebbe. “... but it was not all easy,” he said.

Winning may seem difficult but maintaining it is even more complex. The results of this season may not tell it all for Damani.
“We had to work hard to retain this trophy. There were two matches that were particularly not easy; Kutchi Tigers and Ceylon Lions,” Koti said.

And granted, Damani family deserved the barbecue and chicken roasting evening in Entebbe on Sunday whose pictures circulated on WhatsApp statuses for players like pace man Charles Waiswa.

But other matches came way easier than expected for example Tornado Bee on Sunday. With four straight titles coming off a 2013-2016 reign, now they were far from that as they were bowled out by Damani for 87 runs in 40 overs. 
Tornado Bee lynchpin Roger Mukasa made 22 runs off 19 balls while Nicholas Kebba had 21 off 80 as national coach Steve Tikolo picked figures of 4/15 in 8 overs.

With the bat, Damani didn’t need their top-order batsmen. Instead, they showed strength and limitless boundaries in class as pace bowler Bilal Hassun top-scored with a half-ton of 61 runs off 38 balls to coast home.

It is a dominance that three-year-old Damani want to expand to other competitions. The side is eyeing the Unimoni National Twenty20 Cup title which bowled off on Sunday. “We don’t want this to appear as a fluke or one-off. We desire to beat the challenge again in the T20s,” Koti added.

CAST OF LEAGUE WINNERS

2018: Aziz Damani 
2017: Aziz Damani
2016: Tornado Bee
2015: Tornado Bee
2014: Tornado Bee
2013: Tornado Bee
2012: Tornado 
2011: Patidar Samaj

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