Tikolo pleased with avalanche of match winners in Cricket Cranes squad

There were a few murmurs arising from coach Steve Tikolo’s final 14-man side that will represent hosts Uganda at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament from May 23-31.
Tikolo admitted the difficulty in sieving out the required numbers from a pool of 20. Of course, he had worked with nearly 40 players over the past eight months in a bid to find the perfect blend ahead of the nation’s first international engagement in 20 months.

The recent 4-0 whitewash over Kenya in the Easter Series left not only fans but also Tikolo a rather more pleased figure. “Our cricket has grown in leaps and bounds in the last eight months,” he noted.

The Kenyan legend stated the team’s greatest positive from the Series has been in strengthening the depth of the squad. “We played as a unit. It was not a one-man show,” Tikolo said while highlighting the variety of match winners against the eastern neighbours.

“Whichever player is asked to go out and do the job for the team, they put their hands. Previously, we used to depend on one or two players (Roger Mukasa and Arthur Kyobe) in the batting department. Right now, we have about six or seven players we can depend on.”

Tikolo is vindicated by the figures as Kamal Shahzad has grown to maintain a slot in the top order as backed up by his 107 runs off 114 balls in 4 innings against Kenya.

“Before we used to depend on Davis (Karashani), Frank (Nsubuga) and Charles Waiswa in the bowling department but that has changed too. There is good competition in the team so it ensures the guys will not sit on their laurels and think they have automatic slots.” Tikolo added.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo (7/79 & 2 maidens in 23 overs) and right-arm medium pacer Jonathan Ssebanja (5/83 & 19.3 overs) got bigger dividends than the trio in four matches against Kenya.

The final selection

Team Uganda
Davis Karashani (captain), Brian Masaba (vice-captain), Arthur Kyobe, Hamu Kayondo, Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Kamal Shahzad, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Deus Muhumuza, Jonathan Ssebanja, Irfan Sahibzada and Lawrence Ssematimba
Reserves
Naeem Bardai, Lloyd Paternott, Emmanuel Isaneez and David Wabwire

Best bastmen

East cricket series statistics
Roger Mukasa (111 off 140 in 4 innings)
Kamal Shahzad (107 off 114 in 4)
Arthur Kyobe (84 off 96 in 4)
Hamu Kayondo (74 off 129 in 4)
Emmanuel Isaneez (56 off 88 in 2)
Deus Muhumuza (53 off 64 in 2)
Derrick Bakunzi (49 off 69 in 1)

Best bowlers

East cricket series statistics
Henry Ssenyondo 
(7/79 & 2 maidens in 23 overs)
Jonathan Ssebanja 
(5/83 & 19.3 overs)
Davis Karashani 
(4/95 & 3 maidens in 29 overs)
Deus Muhumuza 
(3/27) in 7.4 overs)
David Wabwire 
(3/70 in 10 overs)
Roger Mukasa 
(2/3 & 2 maidens in 4 overs) 
Frank Nsubuga 
(2/39 & 3 maidens in 14 overs)

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Damani dismantle Charity to go top of Jazz Safari National Cricket League

Aziz Damani hurried Charity Trust Fund off the oval for their second successive win to go top of the Jazz Safari National Cricket League by eight wickets at Kyambogo Oval with 13 points after three matches on March 26.

Their closest chasers Challengers, recovering from their last outing setback where they went down by nine wickets to Damani, bridged the gap to one point in an equally ruthless manner with an eight-wicket win over sorry Patidar Samaj at the lakeside Entebbe Oval. But Division II graduates Damani, who lost their opening game to Tornado Bee, own the bragging rights for now after recovering to pick up two wins on the bounce.

On Sunday, they bowled out a student-packed Charity Trust Fund for a basketball score of 47 thanks to classy seam-bowling spells of 6/17 and 3/17 from Man-of-the-Match Kenneth Waiswa and rejuvenated Emmanuel Isaneez. Charity didn’t help their cause with carefree batting as witnessed by their top order batters Simon Ssesaazi (17 off 23) and Varinder Singh (12 off 29) who gifted the opposition their wickets cheaply after getting starts.

Damani top order batters Arnold Otwani (16 off 15), Emmanuel Hasahya (13* off 22) and coach-player Steve Tikolo (8*) survived a few scores on their to victory inside nine overs. 
Across town in Entebbe, national team trainees Irfan Afridi (4/1) and David Wabwire (4/12) partnered to bowl out Patidar for 40 before Mohammed Aneef (18) and Arthur Kyobe (12*) breezed home in just four overs. In Jinja, Amos Kyazze and Emma Odeng helped Africa Cricket Club get off the mark with a 44-run win over JACC.

WEEKEND RESULTS 
Division I
Nile 189/9 K.Tigers 142/10
Charity 47/10 A. Damani 48/2
Patidar 40/10Challengers 41/1
Division II
Africa 173/8 Jinja SS 129/8
K. Pirates 157/10 Mwiri 82/10
Division III
Nyakasura 178/10 JACC 75/10

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

School raise stakes ahead of Cricket Week

There was a catalyst as the battle lines were drawn for this year’s Pepsi Schools Cricket Week that bowls off tomorrow at five different ovals in Kampala.

Although champions Busoga College Mwiri have bossed the last two editions, the rivaling schools have borrowed a leaf from the 16-time record winners by hiring permanent coaches. Coach Emmanuel Isaneez’s wit and pace philosophy was the difference as Mwiri dismantled Kololo by 30 runs in last year’s heated final at Lugogo Oval.

“It is going to be an extremely exciting edition,” said Justine Ligyalingi, the Uganda Cricket Association CEO, during the tournament’s media launch at Lugogo yesterday. “Every school has prepared well and we have equipped them well thanks to Bankstown Cricket Club in Sydney, Australia. Many of the boys also play club cricket and know there is a chance to push into the national junior sides for international competitions.”

Mukono Parents, winners in 2013, have secured the services of national all-rounder Frank Nsubuga, Kololo still have the know-it-all Jackson Ogwang, debutants Rainbow International have pro-active John Tumusiime, Jinja SS have soft-spoken Habibu Mugalula, Masaka SS hired ACC’s Yusuf Nanga whereas Teso College Aloet will bank on coach Ivan Kakande’s advice. The tournament that ends on September 9 will be played on a Twenty20 format and Makerere College will host all the school teams and officials.


Participating schools & coaches:

  1. Busoga College Mwiri – Isaneez
  2. Mukono Parents – Frank Nsubuga
  3. Jinja SS – Habibu Mugalula
  4. Rainbow International - John Tumusiime
  5. Masaka SSS – Yusuf Nanga
  6. Ndejje SS – William Kamanyi
  7. Kololo SS – Jackson Ogwang
  8. Ntare - Alvin Bagaya
  9. Nyakasura Ivan Thawithemwira
  10. Teso College Aloet – Ivan Kakande
  11. King’s College Budo - Ivan Jurua & St James - Juma Gabula.

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Mukasa blade catches fire in rout of relegated Wanderers

If the National Men’s Division One Cricket 50-Over League was a wine bottle, then Tornado Bee have already dusted the cork. 
After weeks of lying in Challengers’ shadow, now the men in green and orange are nearing their four successive title. A commanding 275-run win over bottom side Wanderers at the lakeside Oval in Entebbe ensured Tornado Bee maintained grip on top spot on Sunday. The result, 10th win in 12 matches moved them to 61 points, now two clear of Challengers who defeated KICC by 16 runs at Lugogo. Roger Mukasa reminded everyone that class is permanent with a swashbuckling 143 runs off 72 balls.

For a player, who has had a relatively below-par season with the bat compared to 2015, Mukasa, in for Akbar Baig (53 off 88) at 161-2 after 32 overs, made his 50 off 34 balls before breaking loose. “I had to be patient,” Mukasa said about his strategy in the mammoth innings that helped him go top of the batting log with 386 runs thus far. “I knew the runs would come. I had to keep calm. I am happy with the result.”
He shared a 198-run stand for the fifth wicket with Deus Muhumuza (27 off 31). By time Simon Kato (1/71) bowled out Mukasa on the penultimate ball of the innings, he had accumulated five boundaries and 11 sixes.

Tornado Bee had set 329-4, one of the highest batting totals ever in Entebbe. Two-time winners Wanderers barely chased the target. Sheer intimidation from Davis Karashani (5/15) and Mukasa (4/5) bundled them to 54 all-out in 16.1 overs.
In Lugogo, chinaman bowler Henry Ssenyondo’s (6/37) blew away KICC as Challengers defended their compromising score of 147 all out. KICC, the pace setters in the first round, were miserably all out for 131.

NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE

WEEKEND RESULTS - DIVISION ONE
Challengers 147/10 KICC 131/10 
(Challengers won by 16 runs)
Nile 128/10 Tornado 98/10
(Nile won by 30 runs) 

Tornado Bee 329/3 Wanderers 54/10
(Tornado Bee won by 275 runs)

DIVISION TWO
Aziz Damani 289/10 SKLPS 50/10 
(Aziz Damani won by 239 runs)
Charity TF 171/10 Mwiri 140/10
(Charity TF won by 31 runs)
DIVISION THREE
KC Budo 230/7 Avengers 109/10
(KC Budo won by 121 runs).

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The UCA Girls Schools Select team Wins the 3rd Edition of the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Tournament in Kigali - Rwanda

The Combined Girls’ Schools Select XI team traveled to Rwanda (Kigali) for the Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Women’s Tournament on Wednesday 8th June 2016. According to the earlier arrangements at Kigali, the hosts had invited 2 countries namely, Uganda and Kenya, unfortunately Kenya withdrew at the last minute, but the tournament had to carry on with only Uganda and Rwanda participating. Eventually UCA Girls Schools Select team were crowned victors having won the series on 5-0 tally against the Rwanda Ladies team. A total of 4 (four) T-20 games and 1 (one) 40 over game rounded up the series with Uganda clinching the host. The team returned home on Monday, a board trinity bus.

 

The Team;

Stephanie Nampiina, Kevin Awino, and Rita Musamali (Jinja SSS), Saidat Kemigisha, Malemikia Patricia and Hope Wanichan (Kololo SSS), Immaculate Nakisuyi and Teddy Ayella (Masaka SSS), Regius Tumusiime and Damalie Kayondo (Gayaza High School), Mary Akwi (Lord’s Meade Vocational School), Joyce Mary Apio (Olila High School), Daphine Dricilu (from Kilembe SSS), Florence Mukyala ( Busoga High School), Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS) and Hilda Kabaseke ( Ndejje SSS).The players were selected from the recent Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week tournament.

 

Officials: Habib Mugalulah, (Team Coach), Lwiza Nabulwala (Team Manager).

Tournament Accolade Winners:

         1.         Player of Series – Immaculate Nakisuyi ( Masaka SSS)

         2.         Best Batsman – Racheal Ntono ( St James SSS)

         3.         Best Bowler – Babyish Ishimwe ( Rwanda)

         4.         Best Fielder – Regius Tumusiime ( Gayaza High)

 

 

Prepared by: Franklyn Najjumba

Women's Dev't Officer - Uganda Cricket Association

UCA offer clubs equipment ahead of season start

One reason why many youngsters ditch cricket for other disciplines is the inability to access the necessary equipment for the gentleman’s game.

Helmets, gloves, balls, bats and bails are costly and maintenance season after season is hard because they wear out easily.
To temporarily solve the problem, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have always been a key figure in this.

On Friday at Lugogo, UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi handed over different equipment to the 20 clubs that will take part in the National Men’s 50-Over League which bowls off Sunday. 
That’s thanks to UCA’s partners boost from Bankstown Cricket Club in Australia.

Each club received four pairs of batting pads, two helmets, three thigh guards, four abdominal guards, four pairs of batting gloves, a pair of keeping pads and gloves. At the event, Ligyalingi announced the launch of the new Division Three tier that will include five teams and will be playing on Saturdays. With Tornado B included, Division One comprises eight teams whose winner is guaranteed Shs5m.

Division Two with seven teams that will battle for the top two slots promotion worth Shs3m in total.

2016 NATIONAL MEN’S LEAGUE
PRIZE MONEY
Winner Div.I: Shs5m
Runner-Up Div.I: Shs2m
Winner Div.2: Shs2m
Runner-Up Div.2: Shs1m
Winner Div.3: Shs1m


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