Cosmos Warriors win Pakistan Premier League V top honours

Cosmos Warriors etched their names into traditional cricketing folklore with a convincing 31-run win over Pak Land to notch their first Pakistan Premier League title at its fifth edition on October 14.

Even the persistent drizzle did little in dooming the day with the players and officials, equally pumped up to deliver a fitting finale to what had been a memorable season of thrilling tape-bal cricket.

Crowd favourites Pak Land had a smooth campaign enroute to outlasting Khan XI by 18 runs in the semifinal whereas Cosmos Warriors ensured there would be no upset at the last four hurdle with a 36-run triumph over ‘big hitters’ Afridi XI.

But in the do-or-die final, Pak Land had themselves to blame for the no-show. Their star man Zohaib Butt, who picked up the Man of Series gong, was the villain when he dropped Cosmos Warriors’ star man Taimoor Mirza off the first ball of the match.

Mirza rode his luck and tonked the opposition into submission with a 20-ball half century of 62 runs as Cosmos set 108 for 4. Umer Bhai added 22 off 11 and Cricket Cranes vice captain Brian Masaba stroked one six in his five-ball cameo of 12 with none of the bowlers managing any impressive figures.

Then when Pak Land needed quick runs, none of their top six going with Butt (14 off 7), Tahir Nazir (6 off 2), Ali Malik (5 off 12), national captain Roger Mukasa (7 off 4), Jamshed Mughal (0 off 1) and Umair Iftikhar (1 off 3) all falling cheaply.

Tail-ender Cricket Cranes all-rounder Emmanuel Isaneez (24 off 8) stood tall but never matched his understudy in the other dugout Kenneth Waiswa, whose figures of 4 for 10 in 2 overs, ensured Pak Land couldn’t score more than 68 runs when it mattered most to confirm Cosmos Warriors 30-run triumph. Twelve teams to part this season.


Cosmos Warriors 108/4 Pak Land 68/10
Cosmos Warriors won by 30 runs
Pak Land 120/5 Khan XI 102/7
Cosmos Warriors 163/2 Afridi XI 127/4

Man Of Series: 
Zohaib Butt (Pak Land)
Best Bowler: 
David Wabwire 12 wickets (Pak Land)
Best Batsman: 
Taimoor Mirza 451 runs (Cosmos Warriors) 
Best Catch: 
Jamshed Mughal 
(Pak Land)

Best Play In Final: Kenneth Waiswa 
4/10 in 2 overs 
(Cosmos Warriors)

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Tornado Seal Promotion To Division 1 In Mickle Win Over Struggling KC Budo

Match Summary 

TORNADO CC 292/10 John Gabula 57 not out off 54 balls, Trevor Bukenya 54 off 31 balls in 47.1 overs beat KC BUDO CC 128/10 Taha Ahmed 54 not out off 92 balls. in 36.1 overs by 164 runs.

Player of Match: Trevor Bukenya (From Tornado CC)

With KC Budo winning the toss and choosing to field first, Cyrus Kakuru and Jimmy Atuhairwe opened the batting for Tornado with the former falling for two to Patrick Oburu.

With early departure of Cyrus, Captain Adriko Brian took the task upon himself to create some stability with an extremely patient 25(47) but was trapped LBW by Ahmed Taha.

The mid-order didn't have the best of time at the crease as they hardly scored off the bowling of Patrick Oburu and Ahmed Taha though they managed to deny KC Budo wickets.

Trevor Bukenya and John Gabula combined to give Tornado the much needed spark to propel their run-rate with each of them scoring a classy half-tons leaving the bowlers much frustrated. Sharma Mukwaya and Moses Kitara made significant efforts at the tail-end and propelled the score to a commanding 292 in 47 overs.

With 292 needed for victory, KC Budo were a little frustrated and this perfectly reflected in the catastrophic collapse of their top order. With so much pace and bounce generated from either ends by Trevor Bukenya and Cosmas Kyewuta, all that was left for most of the batsmen was to edge the ball to the ever alert Ashraf Senkubuge(wicket keeper) and to the anxious slips.

Ahmed Taha was left to carry on the fight solely with a patient and calm 54 off 97 deliveries with a little assistance from Deepesh Hirani 15(22) and Phillip Thawithemwira 10(24) hence managing to drag the score to 128 in 36 overs. Ramathan Ochimi 1/29 and Allan Sembatya 2/16 never let the tail wag wrapping up the victory for Tornado. 

The emergence of Tornado as victors in this encounter puts them on top of the Div 2 table and also sending them to Div 1 together with Patidar even w. However, this loss leaves KC BUDO in the 7th position on the Div 2 table and therefore sending them in for a do or die encounter with Nile CC. 

By Steven Tusiime

Tornado Bee, Damani win

Match Day Four of the Jazz Safari National League maintained the status quo across the different camps of the Division One outfits on Sunday.
Holders Tornado Bee continued their decent start in pursuit of a fifth straight title with another routine eight-wicket victory over Patidar Samaj in Kyambogo.
Similarly, Aziz Damani CEO Siva Koti was over the moon and treated his team to merrymaking at Lugogo Oval after beating KICC by seven wickets.
And the soul searching continued in the Charity Trust Fund camp after losing a third consecutive match by 79 runs at the hands of Challengers in Entebbe.
Tornado Bee and Damani’s victories seemed to shape the title race early as each has three successive wins albeit the former beating the latter in the season opener by four-wickets on March 12 in Lugogo.

“Losing to Tornado Bee was an eye opener for us,” Damani’s Kenneth Waiswa stated as the team cooled off with their WAGS. “We are more focused since and our target to win all remaining three first round matches,” he said.
However, Damani kept top with 19 points from four matches thanks to Fahad Sadiq bowling. After medium pacer Waiswa (2/32) shot down front tyres Zephania Arinaitwe (21 off 10) and Kenyan Abdul Rehman (15 off 17) to leave them 44-2 in 7.1 overs, Sadiq crushed KICC’s hind wheels.
Dennis Tabby trapped Gurdeep Singh (32-run-a-ball) then off-spinner Sadiq broke down the middle-order from 84-3 to 94-6 over a span of 12 balls. KICC's worn-out truck packed with 141 in 27.5 overs.
“Our middle order gave in easily,” KICC’s Frank Nsubuga would later say.
Despite Davis Karashani's fight (3/22 and a maiden in eight overs) with the ball, Steve Tikolo (25* off 37), Brian Masaba (27* off 46) and Arnold Otwan (45 off 57) responded well with a combined 10 boundaries and seven sixes to guide Damani home.
Like Sadiq, Tornado Bee spinner John Mpande took figures of 5/40 while Deus Muhumuza got 4/16 and two maidens to bowl out naïve Patidar for 75 runs in 23.5 overs. Akbar Baig made 29 off 30 as Tornado Bee cruised home within 12 overs in about 40 minutes.

By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Innocent Ndawula

Knights win GNext Challenge crown

 If there were any doubts in the beginning, then Season Three should have answered the queries about the Generation Next Youth Challenge project.
Within this two-week edition, GNext ticked several boxes when Lakhani Motor Titans’ player Zephaniah Arinaitwe made it to the Cricket Cranes’ side that is currently in Kenya for the Four-Nation T20 Series starting today. And the climax heading into the weekend gave a glimpse of a showpiece that clearly has a bright future for many youngsters starved of playing time in clubs or the Schools’ Cricket Week. After finishing bottom in the past two editions, Keshwala Knights turned tables to beat the PAK Stallions Spartans by 23 runs at Lugogo on Friday. “We are really delighted,” Knights skipper Frank Akankwasa told Daily Monitor upon lifting the trophy.

Prior, he and his teammates had taken a few photos with Sagar Keshwala, son to the businessman Viram Keshwala.
“After failing in the first two editions, we had to change a few things,” Akankwasa said. “We tried to make sure we smile at the end of it all,” chipped in teammate Emmanuel Hasahya. Vindication for Hasahya’s best batsman gong were the 20 runs off 23 balls that he put up when tournament MVP Akankwasa opted to bat first.

Akankwasa, in at four, was quickly trapped by Simon Okecho in the field off Ronald Lutaaya (1/15). But Knights were guided by Cosmas Kyewuto’s 19-run-a-ball and Davis Acire’s three sixes in a 41-ball 43 to coast to 131-8 in 25 overs.
From there, there was no turning back for the men in orange. 
Akankwasa sliced through Spartans’ top order with 3/15 and a maiden in five overs. Acire’s bowling spell of 4/8 was deadlier as their opponents were bowled out inside 22.5 overs.

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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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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.

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

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Mwiri win 16th Cricket Week title

BUSOGA College Mwiri claimed a record 16th crown after thumping Kololo SS in a rematch of last year's final of the Pepsi Boys Schools Cricket Week.


In match-up of the top contenders of the 2015 edition, there was little to separate Mwiri and Kololo. Not only did the two teams reach the final game without losing a game, they came in as defending co-champions.


While Mwiri had arguably been the more explosive team on the way to the championship round, the game was delicately poised. But Mwiri had five players score in double figures as they raced to 115/6 in 20 overs to put the pressure on Kololo.


Zephania Arinaitwe, Joseph Byaruhanga, Kenneth Waiswa (who was named Man-of-series), David Wabwire and Donald Opio scored 20, 17, 17, 17 and 16 runs respectively for Mwiri SS, with Siraje Nsubuga and Simon Oketcho claiming two wickets apiece for Jinja SS.


Mwiri's bowling unit had been outstanding all tournament long, bowling out Mukono Parents for 48 in as late as the semi-finals. Kololo had their work cut out and as it turned out, they didn't cut it.


Mwiri's pace dismantled Kololo, restricting them to 85/10 in 20 overs. Mwiri skipper Wabwire claimed a game-best 3/17 while Davis Aciire, Waiswa and Collins Okwalinga added two wickets apiece.


"We were organized as a team," said Mwiri star Waiswa said. "We lived up to the tactics of the coach. We expected to win even though Kololo surprised us with their spirited fight." 



Mwiri 115/6 Kololo 85 (Mwiri win by 30 runs)


Mwiri 112 Mukono 48 (Mwiri win by 62 runs)

Jinja 77/8 Kololo 78/4 (Kololo win by six wickets)

Award Winners

Man of series: Kenneth Waiswa – BC Mwiri

Best batsman: John Gabula – Kyambogo college

Best bowler: Simon Ssesaazi – Mukono Parents

Best fielder: Gerald Mubiru – Kololo SS

Best wicketkeeper: Hillary Balyeijuka – Nyakasura School 


PREPARED By: Kasozi Balikuddembe & Charles Mutebi ( New Vision)

Pioneer claim third straight league win

The race for title already seems to be brewing a photo-finish as the first round of the Women’s League approaches a final bend.
On Saturday, Pioneer Cricket Club became the fourth different side to move to the summit of the eight-team log after they defeated Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) in Jinja.

The commanding 177-run win, third in a row after four fixtures meant Pioneer moved from fourth place to dislodge Jinja SS (18 points) via a better Net Run Rate. Prior, moneybags KICC and Tornado B have also hit the pinnacle. 
“We don’t care about the opposition,” Pioneer coach Davis Turinawe told Daily Monitor. “We just want to keep making noise with the bat and ball.”

Nine-man JACC’s opening bowler Nuru Nakaziba (4/24) struck early to leave Pioneer at 24-2 inside 4.4 over.

But former Lady Cricket Cranes skipper Barbara Mukankusi (40 off 45) combined well with Mary Nankinga (53 off 78) for 70-run third-wicket partnership.

Mukankusi was caught behind by Irene Nekesa off Grace Nabaaza (1/36) on the penultimate ball of the 18th over. It mattered less as Nankinga shared another 46-run stand with Carol Namugenyi (24 off 21) before Pioneer set a 200-8 total in 35 overs.

JACC barely posed a threat in the 7.4-over innings as only Nabaaza (13-run-a-ball) got double digits after Namugenyi (4/12 and two maidens) and Franklyn Najjumba (3/10) bowling spells.


Pioneer 200/8 JACC 23/8
(Pioneer won by 177 runs)

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