The top of the National Cricket League Division 2 remained unchanged but there was movement below them as Avengers swapped places with Wanderers who leapfrogged them into second place.

At 57/5 chasing 154 for the win, Wanderers looked out of it but new boy John Gabula held his nerve to score a match-winning half-ton that ensured that Wanderers complete a famous win to put them in the final promotion place.

The game played at the lakeside oval had Avengers batting 1st and setting a decent 157 all out. Stand-in captain Brian Adriko played his cards right making the right bowling changes on a slow wicket to ensure that Avengers don’t run away with the total. Zubair Tembo again led the attack for Wanderers with 3/26 in 8.4 overs.

In the chase, Avengers made early inroads picking up four key wickets to leave Wanderers reeling at 29/4 but a seventh-wicket partnership between Gabula John (55) and Erumuka Timothy (32) sealed the victory for Wanderers to move them into second place at the expense of Avengers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 four years ago this is the 1st time Wanderers is that high up on the table.

In Jinja, table-toppers Ceylon Lions took on the unpredictable Premier on the road in Jinja.

Ceylon Lions won the toss and elected to bat 1st but they were blown away by Premier who had them at 148/8 but tail way between Jonathan Ssebanja (55) and Juma Miyagi (45) ensured that they post a commanding 267 all out in 47 overs.

In the chase, both Juma Miyagi (4/36) and Jonathan Ssebanja (4/20) picked eight wickets between themselves as Premier was bundled out for just 105 all out.

The 162-run win for Ceylon Lions ensures they remain firmly at the top of the table ending their 1st round games unbeaten.

In the other mid-table scrap, Aziz Damani Development picked up a six-wicket win over ACC in Budo. The comfortable win for Damani means they remain in the chase with the top teams while ACC is losing ground in the race for promotion.

Prepared by: Denis Musali


Generation Next Cricket Academy ready to hit ground running

There is no denying that Uganda has fallen on the international radar in recent times.
But all hope is not lost that the good old times can be reminisced. 
From organising Two-Day games to having separate coaching sessions, the younger generation has taken it upon themselves to ensure Uganda dares to dream again. ‘Catching them young’ is the phrase coming off everyone’s lips in Lugogo.

Former Cricket Cranes skipper Davis Karashani and ex U-19 wicket keeper Denis Musali have held the bull by its horns and inaugurated Generation Next Cricket Academy. 
On December 12, the partnered with the Rotary Club of Bugolobi, Naguru Provincial and Kololo to organise an Xmas BBQ Party for the kids that had regularly been undertaking drills with them.
This was part of their end of year activity of giving back to a group that is helping improve the lives of the youth.

Pesh Aloyo, the coordinator from the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, urged the youngsters to live responsible lives by staying in school. “Avoid bad company and say no to alcohol and smoking,” she preached. Aloyo pledged that the rotary clubs will support the academy and its activities in a bigger way in the New Year. 
Each of the kids went home with a gift hamper that comprised of home use necessities. Karashani and Musali, the founders of Generation Next Academy, thanked the rotaract fraternity for the generous offer. “We will invite you again in January when we host a youth tournament,” said Karashani.

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