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Kutchi Tigers stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games when they easily saw off both Nile and Charity at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Alepsh Hirani and his charges have been on a roll since the second round of the league which helped them finish a season high 3rd in the league and they hope this good form can take them all the way.
Nile is having a terrible season, dropping down from Division I to Division II and have failed to win a single game in the Group B of the T20 league. It’s no surprise they were all out for 39 with Kutchi chasing down this total in 3.2 overs.
Charity was put to the sword in the afternoon after they failed to chase 160 set by Kutchi Tigers falling short by 67 runs.
The wins keep Kutchi tigers at summit of Group B and are likely to finish as the top team which might give them an easier quarterfinal opponent from a tough Group A.
Kutchi is The loss for Charity did not dent their quarterfinal chances. They should be able to at least finish among the top 4 teams in Group A. If they finish 4th, they will meet the top team from a dangerous Group B who is likely to be defending champions Challengers or league champions Damani.
Team mentor Innocent Ndawula says there no shortcuts to success so they are ready for a tough quarterfinal.
We know we shall finish 4th and then meet either Damani or Challengers. We fancy Challengers so that we get the opportunity to knock out the defending the champions early enough. There are no short cuts for us going forward.
Nile CC 39/10 in 11 overs lost to Kutchi Tigers CC 41/0 in 3.2 overs by 10 wickets
Toss won by Nile who opted to bat
Batting Nile: Ivan Kakande 19(21)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs, Dhansukh Jensani 4/0 in 1 over
Batting Kutchi Tigers: Nanji Pindoriya 22(11) N.O, Ankit Patel 16(8)N.o
Bowling Nile: Juma Miyaji 0/24 in 2 overs
Man of Match: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs
Kutchi Tigers CC 160/7 in 20 overs beat Charity CC 93/10 in 18.4 overs by 67 runs
Toss won by Charity who opted to field
Batting Kutchi: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42)
Bowling Charity: Jonathan Ssebanja 2/15 in 4 overs
Batting Charity: Lawrence Ssempijja 27(20)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dhansukh Jesani 4/12 in 4 overs, Kalpesh Kerai 3/14 in 4 overs
Man of match: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42), 2/11 in 4 oversone of the 4 unbeaten teams in the T20 league thus far they are in an exclusive league with Damani, Challengers and KICC.
Prepared by: Dennis Musali
Kenyan legend Steve Tikolo described Uganda as his second home and Lugogo as its backyard on his second coming as Cricket Cranes coach.
Tikolo was in Uganda, Lugogo in particular, for 10 months in 2012/13 as an assistant/batting coach during a fairytale reign that saw Uganda win the T20 African Premier League (APL) in 2012 and also seamlessly sailed through to the World Cricket League (WCL) Division II after dominating proceedings in Bermuda 2013.
The 44-year-old also has fond memories of Lugogo having stroked a superb ton of 149 at the home of cricket in Uganda as Kenya (32 points) batted Uganda (15 points) out of the Intercontinental Cup in 2005 and he meant every bit of the phrase about Lugogo and Uganda. “I am not a stranger in Uganda,” Tikolo spotting a straight face told journalists at a function held to unveil a galaxy of coaches appointed by Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) to spearhead the ambitious Project 2016/17.
“I have been here several times. This is my second home and I will be comfortable. I am excited and anxious in a positive way.”
Tikolo also spoke about the challenge ahead. “Our immediate target is to qualify back to Division II. The training is open to all players who believe they have what it takes to play for Uganda. I will also monitor the league and see whoever is performing. Then in July, I will name a provisional squad of 30, he said.
“I am determined to achieve the targets before me and I believe the boys have it in them to bounce back. I am a man of few words and my work will speak for itself.”
Michael Ndiko will serve as Tikolo’s assistant on a one-year renewable contract whereas UCA development manager Henry Okecho takes over the mantle as both U-23 and U-19 national men’s teams head coach. His assistants are Emmanuel Isaneez and Jackson Ogwang.
“The two teams at my disposal are very significant to the future of the game in Uganda. They bring together players that are closely aged and both teams will offer platforms for the players to express themselves before playing for the national team. The U-23s will sort of be like our Uganda A side.”
John Tumusiime and Emmanuel Kamya are in charge of the national U-15 side whereas celebrated Habibu Mugalula is the new tutor of the National U-19 girls’ team in what promises to be both an exciting and crucial period for the game in Uganda.
The Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week Qualifiers in the Western Region took place from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2015 at Nyakasura Grounds.
A total of 5 schools participated in the tournament namely; Nyakasura School, Kyebambe Girls School (from Fort Portal), Kilembe Senior Secondary School, MT Rwenzori Girls School, and ST Theresa Girls School (from Kasese District).
During the 3 day tournament, Kilembe Senior Secondary ( from Kasese District ) and Kyebambe Girls School (from Fort Portal) qualified from the Western region for the National Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week Tournament scheduled to take place in from 17th - 22nd April 2015
See below the Match results:
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL
ST Theresa Girls School 67/6 in 11 Overs beat Nyakasura School 66/10 in 20 Overs by 4 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground
MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL
MT Rwenzori 63/8 in 9.3 Overs beat Kyebambe Girls 52/10 in15 Overs by 2 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground.
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kyebambe Girls 86/9 in 15 Overs beat Kilembe SSS 49/10 in 12.1 Overs by 37 runs at Nyakasura Ground
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
Nyakasura 79/5 in 15 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori 66/10 in 14.1 Overs by 13 runs at Nyakasura Ground
NYAKASURA SCHOOL Vs KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL
Kyebambe girls 54/10 in 15 Overs beat Nyakasura School 39/10 by 15 runs at Nyakasura Ground.
ST THERESA GIRLS Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kilembe SSS 90/8 in 15 Overs beat ST Theresa Girls 58/10 in 13 Overs by 32 runs at Nyakasura School
KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs NYAKASURA SCHOOL
Kilembe 57/10 in 15 Overs beat Nyakasura School 50/10 in 11.1 Overs by 7 runs at Nyakasura ground
ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
ST Theresa 58/4 in 9.3 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori Girls School 57/10 by 6 Wickets at Nyakasura ground
KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL Vs MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL
Kilembe SSS 61/10 in 15 Overs beat Mt Rwenzori 58/10 in 9.4 Overs by 3 runs at Nyakasura Ground
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL
Kyebambe Girls School 95/9 in 15 Overs beat St Theresa Girls School 80/8 in 15 Overs by 16 runs at Nyakasura School.
KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL Vs KILEMBE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
Kilembe Senior Secondary School 63/3 in 11.1 Overs beat Kyebambe Girls School 62/10 in 15 Overs by 7 Wickets at Nyakasura Ground.
PREPARED BY: FRANKLYN NAJJUMBA
WOMEN DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Unlike last year when dark horses Nyakasura School stormed the party and dumped 15-time winners Busoga College Mwiri to reach the semifinals of the Pepsi Schools Cricket Week, the big four; Mukono Parents, Jinja SS, Kololo SS and Mwiri have lived up to the billing this year and will face off in today’s semifinals at Lugogo and Kyambogo Oval.
Defending champions Mukono Parents face Kololo SS in a repeat of last year’s semifinal fixture at Lugogo Oval this morning whereas 2002 winner Jinja SS lock horns with record winners Mwiri at Kyambogo Oval.
Mukono defeated Kololo by 42 runs last year but with two of their star players; Derrick Bakunzi (Best Batsman last year) and all-rounder Simon Ayella done with school, the holders have lost their aura of invincibility.
They lost to rejuvenated Mwiri by four wickets in a low-scoring thriller and their two other stars in last year’s Player of the Tournament Simon Ssesaazi and Lawrence Ssempijja, who ply their trade for Charity Trust Fund Cricket Club, have struggled for consistency.
But their coach Frank Nsubuga, the new national captain, is unfazed.
“We beat Kololo SS in the final of the Central Region qualifiers two weeks ago. We are not scared. My boys know what to do and some of them have league experience.”
Kololo SS coach Jackson Okwang will demand for big plays from his top players including Siraje Nsubuga (Challengers CC) and Boris Aguma (Charity TF).
But Emmanuel Isaneez and Abraham Oduch, the two men in charge of Mwiri, are certain that they can topple ‘stubborn’ Jinja SS despite the former outlasting them in the final of the Eastern region.
“We are like a hot plate,” joked Isaneez after yesterday’s victory over Mukono. “We want to burn everything in our way. Our plan is to restrict them to 40 all out and if we bat first, we will be targeting 120 runs.”
Mwiri will be led by former King’s College Budo captain David Wabwire, who boasts of free wicket-taking Collins Okwalinga (14 wickets), Richard Agamire and Zephania Arinaitwe in his ranks.
Jinja SS coach Habib Mugalula will bank on Sadam Oyaga, Eddie Agaba, Steven Wawase and big-hitting all-rounder Kenneth Waiswa.
BC Mwiri vs. Jinja SS
Kololo SS vs. Mukono Parents
Final: 2pm at Lugogo Cricket Oval