UGANDA TO HOST WORLD CRICKET CHALLENGE LEAGUE ROUND 2 IN 2020

The ICC today announced that Uganda will be hosting the second round of the World Cricket Challenge League.

The announcement was made via an ICC media release after a meeting by the board. There were many announcements made after the meeting but the highlight for Uganda is the decision to award them the right to host the second round of the Challenge League.

The Challenge League was created last year to replace the World Cricket League (WCL) that was based on Divisions. The final WCL tournament for Uganda was in Oman where we finished at the bottom of Division 3 and this position earned us a slot in Group B of the Challenge League. Uganda is the same group alongside Jersey, Hongkong, Italy, Bermuda, and neighbours Kenya.

The 1st round of the Cricket Challenge League Group B will be held in Hong Kong this year from November 29 to December 10. The ICC is yet to make a decision on whether the tournament will be hosted in Hongkong due to unrest there.

This is the second time Uganda will be hosting a major ICC event after the successful WCL in 2017.

The relatively low cost of hosting events makes Uganda a destination for major events. The local events have also helped Uganda raise the profile of the game while they promote the event.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

PROMOTION PLACES AT STAKE AS ACC TAKE ON AVENGERS IN DIVISION 2 ACTION

ACC has come close to promotion in the past seasons and this year they might lie in 4th place but they have an outside chance of finishing second only if they can go past Avengers.

Avengers who are in second place are the favorites with an 11 point difference between them and ACC.

Avengers who joined the league in 2016 have the ascendence to gain promotion and as long as they can all their remaining games they will be able to go up with Ceylon Lions.

The battle for promotion will go down at Kings College Budo cricket oval and the winner will be guaranteed a shot at promotion.

If ACC loses this encounter they will virtually be out of the race for promotion so they cannot afford slip-ups. They will be hoping that their old guns Micheal Kintu, Amos Kyazze, and Emma Odeng can guide the youngsters to deliver a result they need.

Avengers have the potent of Harsh Panchal the leading wicket-taker in Division 2 with 27 scalps, he will be tasked with finding those early breakthroughs to make sure they limit ACC to a small total.

The weather has been very unpredictable this year and the first round encounter between these two was washed out, they will, therefore, be praying for good weather or even taking the field 1st when you win the toss to try and play a long game.

UGANDA SCHOOLS SELECT WIN YOUTH QUADRANGULAR SERIES IN RWANDA

The Uganda Schools Select Side that traveled to Rwanda last week for the Youth Quadrangular series returned Saturday early morning victorious.

The youngsters selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition took part in the four-team tournament that included Nyakasura School from Uganda and two development sides from Rwanda.

The side led by Aine Aaron from Kings College Budo played six games, three T20 games and three ODI games winning all their three ODI games but losing one of the three T20 games to fellow countrymen Nyakasura.

The youngsters managed to pick up five out of the six games finishing ahead of Nyakasura to win the inaugural Quadrangular Youth series.

Cyrus Kakuru of Busoga College Mwiri was the standout player for the School’s Select Side scoring the only century of the tournament in the first T20 game en route to accumulating an individual total of 283 runs. He was complemented by the young spinners Sohela Richard of Jinja SSS who picked up 10 wickets with his leg-spin together with his partner Joseph Baguma who picked also snapped up 8 wickets with his off-spin.

The tournament was good exposure for the youngsters who are being prepared for the next U19 World Cup qualifiers which are due in 2021.

The early preparations should help Uganda Cricket to work on the skills of the youngsters and get them match-ready to compete on the international scene.

UCA SCHOOL SELECT SIDE TO TAKE PART IN YOUTH SERIES IN RWANDA

Uganda Cricket has sent a Schools Select side that travels by road tonight to part in the Youth Quadrangular Series in Kigali Rwanda.

The squad made up of mostly U19 players was selected from the 2019 Schools Cricket Week edition and had a one week residential camp in Lugogo in preparation for the trip.

This trip is part of the early preparations for the 2021 U19 World Cup qualifiers as Uganda looks to return to the Global Junior World Cup.

Cricket Uganda has started the preparations through specialized training camps as well as exposing the players to invitational junior competitions.

A new look U19 side took part in the Star Field tournament this year and only four players who were part of that trip have been included in this Schools Select side.

The side of 14 players selected from various schools will be led by Kings College Budo’s Aine Aaron with Habibu Mugalula as head coach.

The team will compete against two development sides from Rwanda and Nyakasura School from Uganda.

There will be no resting for the team that arrives in Kigali tomorrow early morning and will have to play their first game in the afternoon.

All games will be played on the T20 format with the final game to be played on Friday morning.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

The Team

Aine Aaron (Capt – Kings College Budo), Mohammed Yakubu (Vice Capt – Makerere College School), Kakuru Cyrus (Busoga College Mwiri), Waiswa Anderson (Busoga College Mwiri), Puwata Ronald (Jinja SSS), Pius Oloka (Jinja SSS), Kunsa Cyrus (Jinja SSS), Sohela Richard (Jinja SSS), Joseph Baguma (Nyakasura School), Brian Asaba (Nyakasura School), Kakaire Joel (Masaka SSS), Ronald Lutaya (Masaka SSS), Mukisa Eric (Busoga College Mwiri) and Abenaitwe Christabel (Ntare School).

Officials

  • Habib Mugalula – Head Coach
  • Denis Musali – Team Manager

MWIRI FACE TRICKY MUKONO PARENTS WHILE ST JOHN’S TAKE ON NYAKASURA IN SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK SEMIFINALS

The Schools Cricket Week has reached the business end as the men have been separated from the boys.

After three days of group action, Busoga College Mwiri and St John’s Kauga remain the only unbeaten sides and favourites for the finals on Saturday morning.

However, before the finals, both sides will have to negotiate very tricky semifinals but with St John’s having the easier tie.

St John’s emerged top of the difficult Group B that has two previous winners in Jinja SSS, Mukono Parents and St Johns who were losing finalists last year.

They will face Nyakasura who finished second in Group A that had most of the upcoming schools. This semifinal will be played at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

In the exciting semifinal of the day defending champions, Busoga College Mwiri will be taking on two-time winners Mukono Parents.

Mukono has relied on Trevor Bukenya and Juma Miyagi to get this far and they will be the key players in the semifinal. On the other hand, the defending champions have been setting records with a record opening stand of 342 between Hassan Mpanuka (164 not out) and Ronald Opio (128 not out) against a helpless Makerere College School. However, all these records will mean nothing if they can’t take care of Mukono Parents to make the final on Saturday. This semifinal will be at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

This expanded edition of the Schools Cricket Week has had 14 teams from just 12 schools last year and has seen the return schools such as Makerere College and Kiira College Butiiki.

The finals of the week-long tournament will be held on Saturday morning at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.

CRICKET UGANDA SENDS THIRTEEN U-19 PLAYERS FOR STAR FIELD TOURNAMENT IN NAIROBI

A team of thirteen U19 players was yesterday flagged off to Nairobi, Kenya by National Council of Sports together with UCA to take part in the second edition of the Star Field Tournament.

The team that arrived in Nairobi early this morning and will be led by Jackson Ogwang as the coach and Rokani Slyvester as team manager.

Cricket Uganda in their press release confirmed that the preparation for the 2022 U19 World Cup had started and this tournament was first of many as they look to prepare the next generation of U19 players.

Only four players who were part of the failed U19 qualifiers in Namibia are part of the 13 man squad that travelled to Nairobi.

The team will be led by Nyakasura School Pascal Murungi and will be assisted by Munir Ismail. The eight new faces include 16-year-old Anas Baig son of former Cricket Cranes captain Akbar Baig and Ronald Lutaaya a son of one of the ground staff at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

The starfield tournament will run from August 21-26 and all games will be played on a T20 format.

The finals of the tournament will be held at the iconic Gymkhana Grounds in Nairobi.

Uganda will face sides from Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, India and South Africa.

 

CEYLON LIONS STAY TOP, WANDERERS MOVE INTO SECOND, ACC LOSE GROUND IN DIVISION 2

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

 

WANDERERS CHASE AVENGERS AS CEYLON LIONS SEEK TO MAINTAIN TOP SPOT IN DIVISION 2

Division 2 Fixtures

Match | Wanderers CC Vs Avengers CC
Venue | Entebbe Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Match | Ceylon Lions CC Vs Premier CC
Venue | Jinja SSS Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Wanderers will face Avengers in their final first-round game as they seek to dislodge Avengers from second place in Division 2.

With Ceylon Lions firmly rooted at the top the battle for the final automatic promotion place is a battle between Avengers and Wanderers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 three years ago Wanderers look good for promotion having only lost one game in the first round. They have ridden their luck at times like in the narrow win over ACC and also the point picked up in the rain-affected draw with table toppers Ceylon Lions.

Wanderers will be hoping that Brian Adriko is still in the mood to score runs while the Division 2 leading wicket-taker Arnold Tembo is fit enough to cause damage.

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Avengers failed to go past Ceylon Lions two weeks a loss that took stream out of their season. They will definitely give Wanderers a run for their money in what should be the game of the weekend.

The other Division 2 game has Ceylon Lions taking on Premier in Jinja. The table-toppers are favourites to win on the road with a hurting Premier who were cheated by rain last weekend on the same ground.

Ceylon Lions are yet to lose a game this season and that run will be tested by an experienced Premier side.

Ceylon Lions have relied on the runs of team captain Rowan Jayantrne and youngster Robinson Obuya and Jonathan Ssebanja for wickets. Kenyan international Alex Obanda is yet to light up the league but he is just a big knock away from showing his class.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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