Olila plot for 2018 after adventurous debut

Olila High narrowly missed out on winning the National Women Cricket League over the weekend in Jinja. For a side playing in the top tier for the first time, second place is a strong indicator that the Soroti Cricket Academy managed side is on the right track. 
Had they secured the league, it would have been their second piece of silverware of the season, having won the T20 league earlier on. 
Olila came into Saturday’s game against Wanderers hoping to wrestle the title from Jinja SSS. But the latter ran away with it on 25 points compared to Olila’s 24. Jinja defeated Tornardo Bee by 6 wickets to wrap it up at Kyambogo. 
Club manager and chairman Soroti Cricket Academy Felix Musana would have loved his side to be crowned league champions but he will not dwell on the failure. 
“Yes I was disappointed,” he told Daily Monitor when asked about missing on the title. 
“But at the same time I am very proud that we put up a fight and competed with traditional clubs in our first year. Having the same wins as the champions means we are as good,” he explained. 
After what he referred to as a successful season, Olila are already plotting for next season although they admit it will be harder than their first outing with a new Aziz Damani-sponsored female side expected in the mix. Coach Ivan Kakande wants the side to keep working hard for bigger things next year.
“We have to keep training even after the league,” he opined. Olila recorded another achievement when six of their own Gertrude Chandiru, Joyce Apio, Rachael Ntono, Gloria Obukor, Esther Iluko and Sarah Akiteng were named part of the training squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Result

jazz safari women’s league
Wanderers CC 25/10 in 21.1 Overs 
lost to Olila High CC 153/8 in 45 Overs
by 128 runs.

By Deus Bugembe

Squad of 33 Ladies summoned for Global World Cup qualifiers

Uganda Cricket Association has announced a list of 33 ladies to start preparation for the Global Qualifiers scheduled for the European summer of 2018.

Uganda qualified for the Global Qualifiers after they defeated Zimbabwe in the final for the African Region qualifiers in Namibia in August this year.

The list of 33 includes all the 14 ladies who were part of the winning team in Namibia with UK based Naomi Kayondo also included in the 33 ladies line up. UAE based Justine Musubika who features for Pioneer locally is also among those that have been summoned.

The team will be handled by head coach Francis Otieno, who will be assisted by Grace Mutyagaba and Habib Mugalula.

They will commence the non residential training on December 1 at Lugogo, when most of the school girls will be done with school.

Uganda will be battling 5 other regional winners with 2 test playing countries in Ireland and Bangladesh joining associate countries Uganda (Africa), Scotland (Europe), PNG (Oceania) and Hosts Netherlands (Europe

see below the squad;

               PREPARED BY; DENNIS MUSALI

Sweet T20 success for Olila

Olila High School Cricket Club spent the entire weekend on cloud nine after lifting the Mehta Women’s Twenty20 Premier League on the first time of asking on Saturday. The side beat two-time champions Jinja SS by 59 runs in a much boring one-sided final at Kyambogo Oval. “Great,” Olila team manager Felix Musana explained the feeling moments after deliver first fruits from the four-year-old Soroti Cricket Academy orchard. “It has been an effort,” Olila coach Ivan Kakande stated. “The girls know what they want and our Soroti project is taking the right path.” “All the hard work we put in finally paying off is priceless,” enchanted Musana, moments before taking his girls out for a drink at Legends. Saturday was a day perfectly crafted for Olila in literally every sense. Right after senior two student Gloria Obukor (2/6 in 3 overs) stopped Pioneer at 60-6, Margaret Banja (22-run-a-ball) and Racheal Ntono (17 off 34) easily got the target in 11.1 overs to win the morning semifinal. Yet while Olila rested, Jinja SS saw off Wanderers in the second semifinal by 23 runs after defending their 99-5 score through Stephanie Nampiina (2/5 in 4 overs) and Rita Musamali (1/15 in 4 overs). In the past, semifinals are played at Lugogo and Kyambogo, with the latter victor moving 5km to Lugogo for the final. Owing to the intensity in the field during matches of the shorter code, Jinja ought to have batted first after winning the toss in the final. But instead, they unanimously opted to field first, burning out and that playing into Olila’s favour. “The team chose to field first,” Nampiina would later say. “For me, it was about letting Olila bat first, prolong the final and give ourselves a chance,” Jinja coach Habibu Mugalula said. The impact of fielding 38 successive overs across two matches had Olila set 110-4 in 20 overs. Between the 14th and 17th overs, Jinja gave away 44 runs, Kenyan Sarah Bhakitah getting 21* off 15. But it was her country-mate Banja (37 off 53) who had taken the game away prior with a 43-run third-wicket partnership with Gertrude Candiru (27 off 26). MEHTA TWENTY20 PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL RESULT Olila HS 110/4 Jinja SS 51/9 (Olila HS won by 59 runs) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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