Mukasa named Uspa October award winner

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.

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Mukasa century at Jinja SS seals Tornado B’s flawless first round

Tornado B’s Roger Mukasa capped another impressive day with the bat as he scored a 114-ball 173 ton to help his side to a 185-run victory over hosts Jinja SS in the men’s Division One National 50-Over League encounter on Sunday.
Mukasa’s century, now the highest knock this year thus far, ensured the defending champions Tornado B completed the first round of seven games with their 100 per cent unbeaten record intact on 39 points and forthwith atop the log.
“I am pretty delighted with the feat,” a composed Mukasa told Daily Monitor as he cooled off from Jinja while watching the Commonwealth Games with teammates at Lugogo Tennis Club on Sunday evening. 
Eight days ago, the top-order batsman had blazed 154 in the 144-run win over Wanderers and prior to heading to Jinja, the image of celebrating his first ever back-to-back career tons was never envisioned.

Successive ton
“I did not think of scoring another century so soon,” he said, “But after I hit the first ball, I felt like I would go on to play like my idol Adam Glichrist (retired Australian batsman and wicket-keeper),” Mukasa added. He now leads the batting charts with 451 runs from six innings.
With two wickets down after 7.2 overs, the 25-year-old rode his luck after being dropped on 73 and went on to strike 17 fours until he was caught by Aloysious Odoi off Geoffrey Gandi’s (2/62) on penultimate ball of the 43rd over.
Mukasa’s effort was supplemented with knocks from Lawrence Ssematimba (51), Davis Karashani (26) and the Kibuukamusoke brothers; captain Jeremy (39) and Cyrus (25) as Tornado B coasted to the season’s highest aggregate of 375 for 7.
Following in-swing medium pacer John Mpande’s (4/21) damage, Jinja SS were 43 for 5 after 10 overs but some resistance from Emmanuel Taban (45) and Odoi (42) helped them reach a paltry 190 runs.
Meanwhile, Challengers returned to winning ways after three months with a 199-run victory over a depleted Nile. Celebrating his 22nd birthday in style, Challengers’ Arnold Otwani stroked a 94-ball 73 half ton and paired for a match-winning 107-run third-wicket combo with Ivan Thawithemwira (69 off 73) as they set 280 for 4. Otwani later claimed five scalps for 26 runs as Nile were bowled out for 81.

NATIONAL 50 -OVer League RESULTs
DIVISION ONE
Tornado B 375/7 Jinja SS 190/10 
Challengers 280/8 Nile 81/10 
DIVISION TWO
Patidar 149/10 Mwiri 150/7 
Kutchi Tigers 325/9 Premier 156/10

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