- Published in National League
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S 40-OVER LEAGUE
Pioneer 200/8 JACC 23/8
(Pioneer won by 177 runs)
Charity Trust Fund captain Jonathan Ssebanja saw his side’s title hopes go up in the smoke after they suffered a 79-run defeat to Tornado in a Division One National 50-Over League encounter at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday.
Charity’s were a different unit from the one that has put up solid shows in recent outings as they imploded for only 93 while needing 173 for victory that would have seen them takeover the log leadership.
“We did well with the ball and then gave Tornado’s bowlers very cheap wickets,” a disappointed Ssebanja after his side remained stuck in third with 24 points.
Tornado lost three of the top five batsmen for ducks but a 71-run second-wicket stand between Davis Turinawe (28 off 48) and Steven Kahuma (34) renewed their hopes before spinners Henry Ssenyondo (3-29), Viraj Patel (3-26) and Derrick Bakunzi (2-17) struck. Deus Muhumuza (41 off 82) and Nsubuga (35 off 66) helped repair Tornado’s innings at the end.
RESULTS - DIVISION I
Tornado 172 Charity TF 93
Patidar 73 KICC 77/3
Makerere Univ 122 Warriors 116
Kutchi Tigers 101 SKLPS 69
ACC 277/6 JACC 126