Kutchi Tigers consolidate quarterfinal place with wins over Charity and Nile

Kutchi Tigers stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games when they easily saw off both Nile and Charity at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Alepsh Hirani and his charges have been on a roll since the second round of the league which helped them finish a season high 3rd in the league and they hope this good form can take them all the way.

Nile is having a terrible season, dropping down from Division I to Division II and have failed to win a single game in the Group B of the T20 league. It’s no surprise they were all out for 39 with Kutchi chasing down this total in 3.2 overs.

Charity was put to the sword in the afternoon after they failed to chase 160 set by Kutchi Tigers falling short by 67 runs.

The wins keep Kutchi tigers at summit of Group B and are likely to finish as the top team which might give them an easier quarterfinal opponent from a tough Group A.

Kutchi is The loss for Charity did not dent their quarterfinal chances. They should be able to at least finish among the top 4 teams in Group A. If they finish 4th, they will meet the top team from a dangerous Group B who is likely to be defending champions Challengers or league champions Damani.

Team mentor Innocent Ndawula says there no shortcuts to success so they are ready for a tough quarterfinal.

We know we shall finish 4th and then meet either Damani or Challengers. We fancy Challengers so that we get the opportunity to knock out the defending the champions early enough. There are no short cuts for us going forward.

Match Summaries

Lugogo Oval

Nile CC 39/10 in 11 overs lost to Kutchi Tigers CC 41/0 in 3.2 overs by 10 wickets
Toss won by Nile who opted to bat

Batting Nile: Ivan Kakande 19(21)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs, Dhansukh Jensani 4/0 in 1 over
Batting Kutchi Tigers: Nanji Pindoriya 22(11) N.O, Ankit Patel 16(8)N.o
Bowling Nile: Juma Miyaji 0/24 in 2 overs

Man of Match: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs

Kutchi Tigers CC 160/7 in 20 overs beat Charity CC 93/10 in 18.4 overs by 67 runs
Toss won by Charity who opted to field

Batting Kutchi: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42)
Bowling Charity: Jonathan Ssebanja 2/15 in 4 overs
Batting Charity: Lawrence Ssempijja 27(20)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dhansukh Jesani 4/12 in 4 overs, Kalpesh Kerai 3/14 in 4 overs

Man of match: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42), 2/11 in 4 oversone of the 4 unbeaten teams in the T20 league thus far they are in an exclusive league with Damani, Challengers and KICC.

Prepared by: Dennis Musali

Chandiru lifts Tornado Bee over Charity Trust Fund

Tornado Bee are enjoying every bit of cricket in the National Women’s 50-Over League.
The 2015 runners-up maintained their flawless season start with a 157-run win over Charity Trust Fund at the lakeside Oval in Entebbe on Saturday. That third victory in as many games was orchestrated by a commanding display from Gertrude Chandiru.
The 22-year-old hit her first season half-ton of 56* before blowing away the opposition with the ball. 
“I was relaxed all day,” said Chandiru, the former KICC skipper. “I did a lot of work on my batting throughout the week and eventually got what I wanted.” There were a few cracks before Chandiru perfectly modeled Tornado Bee’s pot. 
Captain Naome Kayondo (1/4) departed early after 2.3 overs. Her fellow opener Saidat Kemigisha (45 off 53) and Racheal Ntono (25 off 20) combined well for a 50-run second-wicket partnership.

Charity’s pillar Martha Akello (3/47) then bothered the middle order. As scoreboard read 105-3 midway the 18th over, Chandiru struck five boundaries off 100 balls. 
She shared 73 runs with Ritah Nyangendo (25* off 36) for an unbeaten eighth wicket to set 249-6.
On picking the ball, Chandiru took impressive figures of 6/13 while Kayondo picked 3/15 as Charity’s challenge wobbled.
Their captain Joselyn Nakato resisted with a 40-ball 21 but they were bowled out in 25 overs, a second loss in as many.

Weekend results 
DIVISION ONE
Tornado Bee 249/6 Charity TF 92/10
(Tornado Bee won by 157 runs)
DIVISION TWO
Nile vs. Olila 
(Nile earned a walkover).

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Win over Kenya gives Uganda slim chance

Things change quickly and that is the nature of Twenty20 cricket. One commanding victory against arch-foes Kenya got Uganda’s camp buzzing again on Sunday. 
The 53-run win was a true testimony of the huge talent in coach Jonathan Ssebanja’s side. 
It got everyone talking and wondering what could have been ‘if’ the earlier games had been played with similar grit and gusto. With everyone thinking Uganda had dropped their shoulders and destined for the wooden spoon at this International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women World T20 Qualifier, the omens came good. Captain Barbara Mukankusi won her first toss of the tournament, opted to bat and watched in delight as her openers Mary Nalule (33) and former skipper Naome Kayondo (24) raced to 55 without loss in 10 overs.

Uganda went on to tally the tournament’s second ton of 114, the other being Zimbabwe’s crushing 147 against the Kenyans, and then produced a clinical wicket-to-wicket bowling display to bundle out Kenya for 61.
“There is no team that has better players than mine in this tournament,” a relieved Ssebanja said. “We have been our own problem. The girls feared to express themselves because they fear to fail. In the end, they failed. We were also bowling three extras during our trial matches in Kampala, now we giving away in the excess of 15. Look at our losing margins, we are only hurting ourselves. And I don’t want to give the excuse of jetlag or that one of playing 160 overs in two days.”

And with the rest day yesterday helping the team to dust off the rust at the beautiful Harare Sports Club’s nets, Ssebanja still believes the Lady Cricket Cranes can pull off a shocker and pip Zimbabwe and Kenya on Net Run Rate (NRR), if other results go their way, to the lone slot to the ICC Women World T20 Global Qualifier in West Indies 2018. “We have Tanzania in the morning and Zimbabwe in the afternoon. Tanzania got us on the back foot. We now know them better and we will execute.”
Zimbabwe top the log with 12 points, Kenya are second on six, and Uganda third with three.

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Victory over PNG offers Uganda slim chance to ICC U-19 World Cup

The Baby Cricket Cranes must beat a bunch of permutations if they are to progress to next year’s ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

A third appearance at the global stage will be a reality if Henry Okecho’s boys follow up yesterday’s nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) with another big one when they face Ireland in an epic qualifier in Malaysia today.

“We will carry this momentum from the PNG win into tomorrow (today)’s game,” coach Henry Okecho told Daily Monitor on phone from the team base at Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. However, victory in their final round-robin contest alone is not enough. 
Uganda must also pray that one of unbeaten sides Ireland and Nepal falters in their remaining fixtures. “Our job is to beat Ireland and see how everything else goes. We have some plans for Ireland but will look at the wicket in the morning and take a decision,” Okecho said about a possibility to change his playing side.

Yesterday’s win over PNG at the Kinrara Academy Oval improved Uganda’s Net Run Rate greatly.

Like men on a mission, a charged bowling unit led by man-of-match Frank Akankwasa (3/15) and Abdallah Lubega (2/14) bowled out the Asian side for 83 runs in 30.4 overs.

Then seven boundaries and three sixes in a quick-fire half-century of 59 runs off 37 balls from opener Zephaniah Arinaitwe plus a 20-run combo from Kenneth Waiswa (13) and John Gabula (8) sealed the emphatic win.

ICC U-19 GLOBAL WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 
TODAY’S FIXTURES - 4.30AM (UG. TIME)
Uganda vs. Ireland, Bayuemas Oval
Nepal vs. USA, Kinrara Oval
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
PNG 83/10 Uganda 84/1
USA 100/10 Ireland 101/2

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Advantage Tornado B after win over KICC

Tornado B beat Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by five wickets at Budo on Saturday to blow away the latter’s hopes and take the driver’s seat in the race for the National Women’s 40-Over League title.

Jackson Ogwang’s ladies were ruthless with the ball as they restricted KICC to 71 before chasing it in quick time for the loss of five wickets to go top with 68 points from 13 matches.
“It was a good and comfortable win,” a delighted Ogwang told Daily Monitor. “We bowled excellently and then one brilliant knock got us home.”

For star-studded KICC, it was an end to their nine-match winning streak as they slipped into second place and now trail the leaders by two points.

Sixes Challenge champions Tornado B can now clinch the title if they beat third-placed Pioneer in their final match this weekend. But, the result, too, put Pioneer back into the title frame after they saw off 2012 winners Charity Trust Fund by 113 runs at Kyambogo. They can also win the league if they triumph in their remaining two fixtures.

Nonetheless, its Ogwang and his team (with an average age of 16) that are happiest. Devoid of key players, they suffered an eight-run defeat to KICC in the first round on August 22. 
But they healed the wounds with a clinical shift on the day.

WOMEN LEAGUE - SATURDAY 
KICC 71/9 Tornado B 72/5
Pioneer 143/8 Charity 30/10
Premier 22/10 Jinja SS 221/3

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Pioneer remain on track with league victory over JACC

Pioneer skipper Justine Musubika struck a 68-ball 82 half-century to help her side beat hosts Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) by 164 runs on Saturday.

“Like what any other leader would do,” Musubika said of her display. “Of course, those innings were very important to me and my team.”

The result was Pioneer’s seventh straight victory in eight ties and kept them top of the National Women’s 40-Over League log with 42 points, six clear of KICC and Tornado B. 
With six games to go, Musubika knows she and her teammates must keep performing to seal the title. 

“We don’t want to lose grip. We want to remain top of the table,” added the sibling of former Cricket Cranes players Fred Isabirye and Charles Waiswa.

With both sides arriving late due to unavoidable circumstances, Musubika won the toss and opted to bat.

Openers Carol Namugenyi and Lelia Namaganda fell early but Musubika restored parity with 10 boundaries in a 50-run partnership with Franklyn Najjumba (26 run-a-ball). Another 57-ball 40 from Betty Kalende led Pioneer to 231-5 from 32 overs. Despite Nuru Nakaziba (19 off 47) and Grace Nabasa’s (14 off 55) bravery, they couldn’t find their way past Pricco Nakitende (5/17) and Namugenyi (2/15).

Weekend results 
Pioneer 231/5 JACC 57/10
(Pioneer won by 174 runs)
Charity TF 154/7 Premier 84/5
(Charity TF won by 70 runs)

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Pioneer look to maintain momentum

Cricket. Defending champions Wanderers are winless and destined to find the going tough against the Davis Turinawe-tutored Pioneer Cricket Club.

Aside from experience, the levels of expectation are pretty much similar when Pioneer Cricket Club clashes off with holders Wanderers in the National Women’s 40-Over League at Lugogo Oval today.
“No team in the title race wants to falter at this stage,” Pioneer’s Franklyn Najjumba said. “We want to keep pace with main contenders KICC and Tornado B,”
All-rounder Najjumba struck the season’s highest batting score thus far of 45 off 50 balls as they defeated favorites KICC by 27 runs a fortnight ago.

“That win over KICC propels our title quest,” skipper Justine Musubika said. With Musubika’s undoubted bowling strength and significant contribution from Barbara Mukankusi and Pricco Nakitende, Wanderers are in for a tough test.
“We lost our opener to Tornado B (last weekend) but our fight is not done,” Wanderers captain Janet Mbabazi said.

She, alongside Esther Ngabirye, Mary Nalule, Evelyn Anyipo and Julia Karungi are the survivors from the team that popped champagne last year. “Pioneer may be a more experienced side and albeit that, we also want to show the mark of champions on Saturday (today).” Mbabazi added. Across the Nile River, Jinja SS and Ndejje-Premier will look forward to their first season contest after JACC failed to turn up in both outfits’ opening fixtures.
“We hope to start off well despite losing some key players,” said Jinja SS coach Habibu Mugalula whose hopes lie in skipper Claire Mushakamba and Damalie Busingye.

Mini-Cricket
A vast number of talents at the helm of Ugandan cricket today such as Ham Kayondo, Charles Waiswa and Arthur Kyobe were realised through Mini Cricket Development Program (MCDP). That talent search norm has not stopped. This year, the MCDP is set to attract over 6000 participants in U-11 and U-13 categories at district levels. These will partake in softball activation festivals at primary school level around the country.

“Once youngsters get introduced to the bat and ball early, there is a chance to grow their interest in the game of cricket,” Uganda Cricket Association Development Officer Henry Okecho told Saturday Monitor.

TODAY - WOMEN’s LEAGUE 
At Lugogo Oval
Pioneer vs. Wanderers, 10am
At Jinja Oval
Jinja SS vs. Ndejje-Premier, 10am

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Bowlers see blues as batsmen shine in 50-over league

It was a day for bowlers to forget as batsmen ran riot with seven half-centuries and four tons from five fixtures across both tiers of the Men’s National 50-Over League on Sunday. 
First, Roger Mukasa’s century of 137 runs off 72 balls cancelled out Arthur Kyobe’s brilliant 90-ball 124 ton for Division One champions Tornado B to defeat Challengers by six wickets at Lugogo Oval.

The result meant Tornado B ably recovered from their first season defeat while Challengers had begun their quest on the wrong note. 
“As a team, we are glad to have greatly improved after the loss to Tornado,” Mukasa said. “This year’s title race is really open,” he added. The flat Lugogo wicket was ideal for batsmen all day. 
When Tornado B stuck in their opponents, left-hander Kyobe stylishly struck 16 boundaries and six maximums as he shared a 167-run stand with Arnold Otwan (89 off 112) in the opening 26.1 overs. 
Kyobe was caught by Davis Karashani off Nicholas Kebba (1/49).

National 50-over league 
Tornado 100/10 Nile 101/4
(Nile won by six wickets)
Charity TF 206/10 Rounders 202/10
(Charity TF won by four runs)
Challengers 286/10 Tornado B 290/4
(Tornado B won by six wickets)
DIVISION TWO
JACC 332/8 KC Budo 76/10
(JACC won by 256 runs)
Kampala Pirates 224/8 Patidar 226/4
(Patidar won by six wickets).

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