WANDERERS, ACC FACE-OFF IN BATTLE FOR FINAL PROMOTION SPOT IN DIVISION 2

he only game that matters this weekend is the clash between traditional giants ACC and Wanderers at Kings College Budo Oval.

Both teams find themselves in a must-win situation with Wanderers behind second-placed Avengers by two points while ACC needs to win with a bonus in order to leapfrog both Wanderers and Avengers into the second spot from fourth spot.

Wanderers have had a fairytale season losing just a single game but find themselves in 3rd place behind Avengers mostly because of the games they didn’t get a chance to compete.

n the second round, they had two games washed out and also gave away free points against Avengers and this has left them in a must-win situation. But in case there is rain and no action is possible, the two points gained by Wanderers are sufficient for them to gain promotion considering they have a better NRR than Avengers.

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ACC, on the other hand, will be playing for a very sunny day because they need all match points for them to go through. ACC lies in 4th place but are 6 points behind Avengers in second, and if they are able to win with a bonus point they will go ahead of both Wanderers and Avengers.

However, there is a chance for an ACC win that can deny both sides promotion to the top flight. If ACC beats Wanderers but fails to gain a bonus point it would mean they finish in 3rd place ahead of Wanderers but can’t get enough points to leapfrog Avengers in 2nd place.

Both sides are desperate to go up after years in the Second Division of Uganda Cricket. Unfortunately, joy for one side might mean misery for the other come Sunday.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CEYLON LIONS STAY TOP, WANDERERS MOVE INTO SECOND, ACC LOSE GROUND IN DIVISION 2

The top of the National Cricket League Division 2 remained unchanged but there was movement below them as Avengers swapped places with Wanderers who leapfrogged them into second place.

At 57/5 chasing 154 for the win, Wanderers looked out of it but new boy John Gabula held his nerve to score a match-winning half-ton that ensured that Wanderers complete a famous win to put them in the final promotion place.

The game played at the lakeside oval had Avengers batting 1st and setting a decent 157 all out. Stand-in captain Brian Adriko played his cards right making the right bowling changes on a slow wicket to ensure that Avengers don’t run away with the total. Zubair Tembo again led the attack for Wanderers with 3/26 in 8.4 overs.

In the chase, Avengers made early inroads picking up four key wickets to leave Wanderers reeling at 29/4 but a seventh-wicket partnership between Gabula John (55) and Erumuka Timothy (32) sealed the victory for Wanderers to move them into second place at the expense of Avengers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 four years ago this is the 1st time Wanderers is that high up on the table.

In Jinja, table-toppers Ceylon Lions took on the unpredictable Premier on the road in Jinja.

Ceylon Lions won the toss and elected to bat 1st but they were blown away by Premier who had them at 148/8 but tail way between Jonathan Ssebanja (55) and Juma Miyagi (45) ensured that they post a commanding 267 all out in 47 overs.

In the chase, both Juma Miyagi (4/36) and Jonathan Ssebanja (4/20) picked eight wickets between themselves as Premier was bundled out for just 105 all out.

The 162-run win for Ceylon Lions ensures they remain firmly at the top of the table ending their 1st round games unbeaten.

In the other mid-table scrap, Aziz Damani Development picked up a six-wicket win over ACC in Budo. The comfortable win for Damani means they remain in the chase with the top teams while ACC is losing ground in the race for promotion.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

 

WANDERERS CHASE AVENGERS AS CEYLON LIONS SEEK TO MAINTAIN TOP SPOT IN DIVISION 2

Division 2 Fixtures

Match | Wanderers CC Vs Avengers CC
Venue | Entebbe Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Match | Ceylon Lions CC Vs Premier CC
Venue | Jinja SSS Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Wanderers will face Avengers in their final first-round game as they seek to dislodge Avengers from second place in Division 2.

With Ceylon Lions firmly rooted at the top the battle for the final automatic promotion place is a battle between Avengers and Wanderers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 three years ago Wanderers look good for promotion having only lost one game in the first round. They have ridden their luck at times like in the narrow win over ACC and also the point picked up in the rain-affected draw with table toppers Ceylon Lions.

Wanderers will be hoping that Brian Adriko is still in the mood to score runs while the Division 2 leading wicket-taker Arnold Tembo is fit enough to cause damage.

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Avengers failed to go past Ceylon Lions two weeks a loss that took stream out of their season. They will definitely give Wanderers a run for their money in what should be the game of the weekend.

The other Division 2 game has Ceylon Lions taking on Premier in Jinja. The table-toppers are favourites to win on the road with a hurting Premier who were cheated by rain last weekend on the same ground.

Ceylon Lions are yet to lose a game this season and that run will be tested by an experienced Premier side.

Ceylon Lions have relied on the runs of team captain Rowan Jayantrne and youngster Robinson Obuya and Jonathan Ssebanja for wickets. Kenyan international Alex Obanda is yet to light up the league but he is just a big knock away from showing his class.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

Wanderers stun Pioneer

Student-packed Wanderers stunned holders Pioneer in their opening tie of the National Women’s 50-over League, winning by a wicket at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Saturday.

“This is a good way to start the season,” Wanderers legendary coach Sam Walusimbi said after the game in which his side were viewed as underdogs. “Considering the size and experience of my girls, it is a deserved result,” said Walusimbi, the 1975 World Cup player. Devoid of team leader Janet Mbabazi (preparing for the World Softball Championships), it is Sadick Shakira (3/18) and Dorothy Losike 2/17, who fought to keep Pioneer batsmen at bay.

However, they failed to contain Pioneer skipper Barbara Mukankusi (29 runs off 68 balls), who shared a 50-run stand with Lelia Namaganda (17 runs) for the second wicket. Later, Caroline Namugenyi added 27 off 25 as they set 127 in 36-4 overs. “We should have had a bigger score,” Mukankusi said. 
Namugenyi, last season’s best bowler with 41 scalps, began off in similar style here. She picked figures of 3/25 to clinch the Player of Match award. 
But even with Prossy Tiko’s (3/17) contribution, Evelyn Anyipo (24 off 49) and Jennifer Nabwana (18 off 30) delivered under much pressure. The job was done midway the 37th over.

Women’s Div 1 results 
Pioneer 127/10 Wanderers 128/9
(Wanderers won by one wicket)
DIVISION TWO
Olila HS 161/9 JACC 24/10 
(Olila won by 137 runs)

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Mukasa blade catches fire in rout of relegated Wanderers

If the National Men’s Division One Cricket 50-Over League was a wine bottle, then Tornado Bee have already dusted the cork. 
After weeks of lying in Challengers’ shadow, now the men in green and orange are nearing their four successive title. A commanding 275-run win over bottom side Wanderers at the lakeside Oval in Entebbe ensured Tornado Bee maintained grip on top spot on Sunday. The result, 10th win in 12 matches moved them to 61 points, now two clear of Challengers who defeated KICC by 16 runs at Lugogo. Roger Mukasa reminded everyone that class is permanent with a swashbuckling 143 runs off 72 balls.

For a player, who has had a relatively below-par season with the bat compared to 2015, Mukasa, in for Akbar Baig (53 off 88) at 161-2 after 32 overs, made his 50 off 34 balls before breaking loose. “I had to be patient,” Mukasa said about his strategy in the mammoth innings that helped him go top of the batting log with 386 runs thus far. “I knew the runs would come. I had to keep calm. I am happy with the result.”
He shared a 198-run stand for the fifth wicket with Deus Muhumuza (27 off 31). By time Simon Kato (1/71) bowled out Mukasa on the penultimate ball of the innings, he had accumulated five boundaries and 11 sixes.

Tornado Bee had set 329-4, one of the highest batting totals ever in Entebbe. Two-time winners Wanderers barely chased the target. Sheer intimidation from Davis Karashani (5/15) and Mukasa (4/5) bundled them to 54 all-out in 16.1 overs.
In Lugogo, chinaman bowler Henry Ssenyondo’s (6/37) blew away KICC as Challengers defended their compromising score of 147 all out. KICC, the pace setters in the first round, were miserably all out for 131.

NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE

WEEKEND RESULTS - DIVISION ONE
Challengers 147/10 KICC 131/10 
(Challengers won by 16 runs)
Nile 128/10 Tornado 98/10
(Nile won by 30 runs) 

Tornado Bee 329/3 Wanderers 54/10
(Tornado Bee won by 275 runs)

DIVISION TWO
Aziz Damani 289/10 SKLPS 50/10 
(Aziz Damani won by 239 runs)
Charity TF 171/10 Mwiri 140/10
(Charity TF won by 31 runs)
DIVISION THREE
KC Budo 230/7 Avengers 109/10
(KC Budo won by 121 runs).

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Ondeko gives Nile relief, woes for Wanderers

Besides Challengers being top, the other rare aspect of this year’s National Men’s Division One 50-Over League has been the degree of intensity among bottom sides.
The fortunes of the sides in the eight-team log keep changing save for 1991 and 1992 champions Wanderers. Runners-up just four years ago, Wanderers remained winless in eight games and are now as good as relegated after a 160-run loss to Nile at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.

“I think we can now begin preparing for life in the lower tier next season,” a distraught Wanderers skipper Denis Musali conceded. With just a point, Wanderers’ only mathematical chance stands at winning all their remaining six games to survive, hoping other results go their way. 
“We won’t give up though,” chipped in bowling all-rounder David Mwesigwa.
For Nile, they moved out of the relegation zone to sixth on 23 points.

“Good way to begin the second round,” said opening batsman Martin Ondeko, who registered a match-winning knock of 78* off 141 balls. The former U-19 national player struck six boundaries and his 66-run first-wicket combo with Abu Seguya (30 off 37) and a 57-run third partnership with skipper David Musoke (22 off 47) formed the gist of Nile’s innings. 
Zephania Arinaitwe’s 28-run-a-ball, Richard Agamire (28 off 23) and Ivan Kakande’s (27* off 10) two sixes helped them set 263 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs. 
Man-of-match Kakande’s left-arm spinners (4/12) sent Wanderers home early midway the 34th over.

While Kutchi Tigers relied on Nehal Bibodi’s 89-ball 52* to beat Tornado by in Kyambogo, third-placed KICC were left reeling after losing to Patidar Samaj by two runs in Entebbe.
Patidar captain Ankit Patel’s 36 off 56 helped them to set 123 in 29.3 overs but it is old boy Emmanuel Isaneez (4/39) whose pace blew away KICC ‘s clueless batsmen.

NATIONAL 50-OVER LEAGUE Weekend Results - Division One
Nile 263/6 Wanderers 103/10 
K. Tigers 162/10 Tornado 98/10
P. Samaj 123/10 KICC 121/10 
Division Two
Charity TF 264/7 SKLPS 124/10 
Division Three
Strikers 224/10 KC Budo 129/10.

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Nalule, Mbabazi centuries get Wanderers home

The wait is over for Wanderers in the National Women’s 40-Over League.
Several weeks after enduring a bad run of form, the defending champions thumped visitors Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) by 316 runs for their first season win at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Saturday.
The result, also the biggest margin of the season was masterminded by two centuries from Mary Nalule and skipper Janet Mbabazi. The pair respectively blew away JACC’s bowlers with knocks of 121* off 85 balls and 133 off 119 balls.

“I feel so good,”an ecstatic Nalule, a student at Ntinda View College, told Daily Monitor. “It was a good knock. I have less time to train and I didn’t expect.”
Like the 17-year-old, it was also Mbabazi’s maiden ton. “As captain, you have to keep scoring and this is what we wanted to do,” the 20-year-old said. “Unlike the previous matches, I perfected my shots and with this victory, there is no turning back,” the senior six vacationist added.

The youthful pair etched their names onto the list of female centurions in Ugandan cricket like Christine Aryemo (2011), Flavia Laker and Naome Kayondo (2014). Indeed, JACC must have regretted their decision to field first. When Wanderers’ opening pair of Jennifer Nabwana and Esther Ngabire departed for 62 runs, Mbabazi and Nalule shared 19 boundaries as they constructed a 272-run partnership that propelled Wanderers to 346-4 total - the season’s highest batting score. Notwithstanding the showers, JACC’s innings were brief. Mbabazi (4/3) and Nabwana (3/3) returned with meekly figures to bowl out JACC for a paltry 33 runs midway the 16th over.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S 40-OVER LEAGUE
WEEKEND RESULTS
Pioneer 178/6 Jinja SS 71/10
(Pioneer won by 107 runs)
Wanderers 346/4 JACC 30/10
(Wanderers won by 316 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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