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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)
Olila HS 161/9 JACC 24/10
(Olila won by 137 runs)
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)
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)
KC Budo 230/7 Avengers 109/10
(KC Budo won by 121 runs).
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
Charity TF 264/7 SKLPS 124/10
Strikers 224/10 KC Budo 129/10.
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
Pioneer 178/6 Jinja SS 71/10
(Pioneer won by 107 runs)
Wanderers 346/4 JACC 30/10
(Wanderers won by 316 runs)
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.
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