Steely bowling gives Cricket Cranes 2-0 lead in Easter Series

Team Uganda needed a touch of class with the ball to defeat Kenya by 27 runs and take a 2-0 lead in the Easter Cricket Series at Lugogo Oval yesterday. 
Defending their score of 199, the Cricket Cranes bowled out Kenya with 57 balls to spare, leaving the visitors in a desperate state with two matches left to wrap up the Series. 
"We are delighted with this win," said skipper Davis Karashani. "We showed a lot of character to claw back into this game. Kyobe (Arthur) showed maturity and awareness with that catch to dismiss Collins (Obuya). 
And the slow bowling department rose to the occassion to pile on the pressure and strangle the Kenyan batting. We have to continue improving though." 
Opting to bat first, Uganda had a unique brilliant start with openers Arthur Kyobe (30 off 41) and Hamu Kayondo (30 off 63) putting on 51 runs for the first wicket in 11.3 overs. 
Then Steve Tikolo's charges folded superfast to 91-5 by the end of the 23rd over with Shem Ngoche (2/25) and Nelson Odhiambo (2/38) doing the damage. 
However, the Cranes were back in the frame when Deus Muhumuza (30 off 45) and Emmanuel Isaneez (33 off ) put up 74 runs for the sixth wicket to help Uganda set 199 in overs. 
Kenya had a shaky start to the chase, losing Kaul Karan and Gurdeep Singh for 30 runs in the opening 5.1 overs. 
Then, two half-centuries from experienced lad Collins Obuya (50 off 54) and promising U-19 graduate Dhiren Gondaria (56 off 52) who combined for an 83-run third wicket combo got Kenya within victory range. 
But all crumbled when Kyobe threw the ball in the air for 12th man Brian Masaba, in for injured Frank Nsubuga, to catch Gondaria inside the circle. 
"It was an easy score to chase but we lost cheaply," Gondaria told Daily Monitor in a post-match interview. "I played a silly shot which cost us the match," the 22-year-old said.
Then skipper Davis Karashani (3/30) turned on the mojo to unscrew the wheels off the Kenyan ship, putting a cusp to Kenya losing seven wickets in a fast and furios mode when they needed 87 runs to win off 173 deliveries.
"My teammates did not apply themselves," Obuya noted. "We need to do better in the remaining two matches."
Notwithstanding dropped catches, Karashani rotated his bowlers and Roger Mukasa (2/3), who relinquished the wicketkeeping gloves to swing the match into his country's favour with two maiden overs including a wicket-maiden in his match-winning four-over spell.


EASTER CRICKET SERIES
GAME THREE RESULT
Uganda 199/10 Kenya 172/10 
(Uganda won by 27 runs)

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Bowling brothers lead KICC, Tornado Bee through

On a day that had several batsmen feeble, siblings Frank Nsubuga and Roger Mukasa stood with superb bowling spells to guide their respective sides KICC and Tornado Bee through in the Jazz Safari National League on Sunday.

There was no much afternoon action for many to catch as Nsubuga took parsimonious figures of 7/17 to guide KICC to a seven-wicket win over Nile, their first victory of the season at Lugogo Oval.

Veteran Nsubuga’s moment of brilliance involving three maidens in 9.4 overs had Nile wither from 42-2 to 48-9 over a span of just seven overs. “I just did the basic things,” Nsubuga would later say.
Not even Nile’s opener Martin Ondeko survived that wrath. He however, top-scored with 29 runs off 57 balls as his side set 61 runs in 26.4 overs.

Kenyan Gurdeep Singh (16 off 9), Arthur Ziraba (21* off 24) and Siraj Nsubuga (18* off 18) met the target after 10.1 overs.

Nsubuga’s sibling Mukasa covered up for his duck with figures of 5/28 as Tornado Bee made it four in four with a 14-run win over Kutchi Tigers at the lake side oval in Kyambogo.

Off-colour batting had Francis Othieno (29 off 60) and Deus Muhumuza (29 off 51) help Tornado Bee meander Kenyan imports Hiren Varaiya (3/9) and Shem Ngoche (2/25) to set 133 in 49.5 overs.

But Mukasa stood out with some ruthless bowling that had Tigers stutter from 66-3 to 78-6 and despite Bharat Ghodadra making 40 off 83, they fell short.

It means Tornado Bee moved 22 points, two points behind leaders Aziz Damani who chased Patidar Samaj’s score of 37 runs in 21 balls in Kyambogo.
Damani bowlers Kenneth Waiswa (4/9) and Fahad Sadiq (3/4) had done the harder part before Arnold Otwan (21 off 10) sealed the win.

JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL LEAGUE
WEEKEND RESULTS
DIVISION ONE
Nile 61/10 KICC 65/3
(KICC won by 7 wickets)
Patidar Samaj 37/10 Aziz Damani 40/1
(Damani won by 9 wickets)

By Allan Darren Kyeyune
Tornado Bee 133/10 Kutchi Tigers 119/10
(Tornado Bee won by 14 runs)

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Kyobe, Nsubuga lead Sikh Union to T20 glory in Kenya

Cricket Cranes mainstays Arthur Kyobe and Frank Nsubuga made hay on their semi-professional stints as they led their Kenyan side Sikh Union to a four-wicket win over Swamibapa in the Harilal Shah Memorial Twenty20 final at the Nairobi Gymkhana Oval on November 12.

Swamibapa captain Lameck Onyango won the toss and his openers Alex Obanda (55 off 47) and Naman Patel (21 off 21) went about their job of building a solid base clinically as they batted first.

But Ugandans, whose Kenyan franchise had endured a lukewarm season, raised the bar to ensure their team had something to cheer about in the season-ender.

First Kyobe, made a difficult running catch from long-on look easy fodder off the bowling of Tarandeep Singh to get rid of Patel with scoreboard reading 43 for 1 after 7.4 overs.

Then Nsubuga helped Abdul Rehman snare his first of the evening with a sharp catch from deep mid-wicket to dismiss the dangerous Nehemiah Ngoche Odhiambo for just four runs at 74 for2 in 10.2 overs.

The Ugandan off-spinner opened the bowling and his figures of 1 for 17 in 4 were a perfect foil for Rehman who destroyed the favourites batting line-up with superb figures of 5 for 21 as Swamibapa fell from 105 for 5 to 121 all out in 19.1 overs.

“Our bowlers didn’t give away too much,” said Kyobe, who shone with a match-winning knock of 31 off 35 balls at No.3 as Sikh Union sailed over the line with nine balls to spare.

“They made sure we would chase a target that was within our reach. We were under no pressure because we needed just six per over. I played at three because they had some left-arm spinners that were troubling our right hand batsmen. It is always good to go across the border and return victorious. It augurs well for our reputation and keeping in mind that we have big tournaments coming up.”

Nadeem Ahmed played anchor role for Kyobe with a 30 as Jadavji Bhimji 2/20 and Saumil Patel 1/21 tried to put the brakes on the chase in vain.

Harilal Shah Memorial T20 Tournament
Results – Final
Swamibapa 121/10 
Sikh Union 122/6 
Sikh Union won by four wickets
Upcoming Tournaments
Nov. 18-25: Takashinga-Kenya Tour Series
Feb – June 2017: ICC WCL Division Three

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