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.

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.

CHALLENGERS TAKE ON NEWCOMERS SKLPS AS TORNADO BEE LOOK TO STING PATIDAR

Challengers are wounded from last weekend after losing to rivals Aziz Damani in a heated battle at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

Challengers don’t have enough time to lick their wounds as they seek to get back to winning ways as they take on newcomers SKLPS.

SKLPS will need to be at their best if they are to take down a wounded Challengers at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Challengers will be hoping for good weather so that their star-studded line up that has the likes of Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Shahzad Kamal, Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Olipa Rogers show their class.

At Kyambogo, Tornado Bee will be seeking for their third win of the season as they take on Patidar. This encounter is a six-pointer of sorts as the teams in the bottom half of the league battle for points that will keep them in the league.

Tornado Bee, the four-time league winners, lost a lot of experience in the offseason but they have managed to assemble a side with a lot of experience. One of their new recruits Falak Sher scored a season-high individual double century as they walked over Tornado. If they can pick up their third win of the season they will need atlas just two more wins to guarantee their place in Division 1 for next year.

Patidar put together a good side with some exciting youngsters such as Cosmas Kyewuta, Ronald Opio, Collins Okwalinga but none of them have delivered the goods for the newly-promoted side.

Patidar is rooted at the bottom of the table and needs to start winning games before they run out of the same to save their season.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

Lady Cricket Cranes take preps for Holland job to Tanzania

Build-up games
Today’s games
Game 1: Uganda vs. Tanzania
Game 2: Uganda vs. Tanzania

Kampala. Ordinarily, there is a hangover that breeds after one attains an achievement.
But for the Uganda national women’s cricket team, it must have been a brief one after they garnered the title at the ICC Africa Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia last September.

In December, victorious coach Grace Mutyagaba and his superior Francis Otieno embarked on preparations for the ICC Global T20 Qualifier which bowls off July 3-14 in Netherlands.
The team broke off for the festive season on December 22, resumed training on January 8 and yesterday, the selected 14 players flew out to Dar-es-Salaam for a build-up tour against hosts Tanzania.

“This gives players a different challenge,” coach Otieno explained the importance of the trip to the coastal city moments after the team had been flagged off by Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) administrator Martin Ondeko on Friday.

The team will play six T20 matches against Tanzania beginning today until Wednesday. Normally, Uganda tours Kenya, so why the change?
“We played Kenya before Dubai (2016) and Namibia (2017) trips. So this is a change is menu for the players. And besides, Tanzania is such a strong side that they have something we can pick from them,” Otieno said.

Four players who were part of the Africa T20 triumph including tournament MVP Gertrude Candiru (malaria), Carol Namugenyi (work), Naomi Kayondo (school in UK) and Joyce Mary Apio (form) miss out.

But their voids will be filled by returning Claire Mushakamba as well as eager and enterprising debutants Irene Alumo, Evelyn Anyipo and Esther Ilukor.
In July, Uganda will be featuring at the Global Qualifier alongside Thailand, UAE, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Bangladesh and the Dutch for the first time.

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By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Innocent Ndawula

Takashinga take trophy, Ugandans benefit most

Zimbabwean top franchise Takashinga came to town and carried top honours at the 2016 Uganda Quadrangular Seriers as expected on Saturday.
But it was Uganda, who fielded two sides (Uganda XI and Uganda Select), that were celebrating most after they comprehensively defeated the Kenya XI side and run the Zimbabweans close during the eight-day tour. 
Davis Karashani’s Uganda XI and Takashinga finished on 25 points. Takashinga’s Net Run Rate (NRR) of 1.686 was however better than that of Uganda XI (1.516) by just 0.07 hence granting the vistors the title by the slimmest of margins.
Winston Shingirai Masakadza’s tournament haul of 178 runs, nine wickets and eight fielding dismissals made all the difference for the southern Africans and duly notched the Man of Series Award.

Takashinga showed immense awareness by chasing down Uganda Select’s set target of 157 in just 25.3 overs at Kyambogo Oval to surpass the NRR of Uganda XI, who had earlier scored 225 and bowled Kenya XI for 85 for a 140-run win at Lugogo Oval. But although Ugandan captains Karashani and Brian Masaba said that they would have loved the trophy to stay at home but they were not shedding any tear.
“Any sharp person has picked something from this Series,” said Karashani, who captained Uganda XI that was coached by Steve Tikolo and Jackson Ogwang. “The exposure we got is priceless. Guys got good time out their in the middle to express themselves and know exactly which areas they need to work on. Such tours build momentum.”

Masaba, too, was happy that many ‘rookies’ looking to get into the senior side had got a chance to play against top quality opposition and gauge their potential.
“Uganda benefited most from the tournament,” said Masaba, who was skipper for the Uganda Select side. “The more game time we get, the better for us. The guys looking to get a look in, it served as a good eye opener. Also picking up advice and tips from Takashinga guys after the game was great for the boys.”

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