SAUD ISLAM, AKANKWASA AND MUHUMUZA MAKE THE MOST OF QATAR TOUR

As the Cricket Cranes move to India, they leave Qatar bruised winning just two games out of the scheduled five.

They were able to win one T20 game and one 50-over game in very tough conditions. The very cold, humid and windy conditions made it difficult for batsmen against the new ball and also taking the high catches in the field.

The Cricket Cranes uncharacteristically put down a lot of chances in the field which led to them having to chase big totals in the games they lost. While the hosts exploited the windy conditions to swing the ball, Uganda’s bowlers had no control with the new ball straying down the leg a couple of times and bowling a lot of full balls.

However, there were some stand out performances. Deus Muhumuza marked his return to the Cricket Cranes with some gusty knocks in the middle order. Youngster Frank Akankwasa, on his maiden tour with the senior side, put in a wonderful all-rounder shift scoring runs as well as picking wickets with his slow bowling. Akankwasa, a former captain of the U19 Cricket Cranes, has taken the opportunity with both hands and he is the perfect replacement for the evergreen Frank Nsubuga.

Saud Islam, though ineligible to play for Uganda yet, was the star of the 50-over matches. He scored a century and a half-century in the two games a further notice to the selectors that he can cope with international cricket.

The Cricket Cranes have switched camp to India where they will be joined by six players from Kampala, Frank Nsubuga and Saud Islam return to Kampala from Qatar with youngsters Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru, Calvin Watuwa and Jonathan Kiiza linking up with the other players in Mumbai.

The team is preparing for the inaugural Africa T20 Cup slated for March 20-28 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

ROTARIANS GET INTRODUCED TO CRICKET BY THE CRICKET CRANES

In a bid to make the game more popular, the Uganda Cricket Association in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala South introduced the game to its members.

Only a few members of the club had ever interacted with the game with the majority getting a feel of bat and ball for the first time.

However, despite being still being dressed in their formal work clothes the members showed enthusiasm especially when it came to the practice games. The ladies were more interested in bowling while the gentlemen picked up the bats to smack the ball.

he eager students were taken through the basics of the game by the Cricket Cranes interim coach Davis Turinawe before being divided into four groups that played four over games amongst themselves.

The evening was also an induction for Cricket Cranes players Deus Muhumuza and Charles Waiswa who were formally welcomed into the Rotary Club of Kampala South.

The eventful evening was ended with a Uganda Cricket giving two national team jerseys to the incoming Club President Jennifer Carolyn Byokusheka and Club President Peter Mukuru whose jersey was received by Vice President Charles Odaga by the CEO of Uganda Cricket Martin Ondeko.

These partnerships are important for the growth of the game as more people get introduced to the gentleman’s game.

By; Denis Musali

 

AZIZ DAMANI, CHALLENGERS RENEW RIVALRY IN THE LEAGUE

A small matter of who wins the Division One title should be sorted this weekend at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

Chahallengers know what is at stake for them and can’t afford to slip up. If they are to win the league they will need to do the dirty work themselves. Damani is yet to lose any game this season and if Challengers want to wrestle the title away Damani the simple maths is beat Damani.

Challengers are on top of the table and 14 points ahead of Damani but have played three more games than Damani who are in second place. The battle for the title is between the two sides and if Damani wins on Sunday they will have sealed their third title in a row. llengers are desperate to win the league while Damani wants to retain their title for the third time in a row.

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Damani will be relying on their national team contingent that includes national team captain Brian Masaba, Riazat Shah, Bilal Hussun, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo, Kenneth Waiswa, Fred Achellam, Roger Mukasa, and Frank Nsubuga to deliver a much-needed victory.

Challengers will look to Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Shahzad Kamal and national team vice-captain Arnold Otwani for inspiration.

The clash between the two best clubs in the country will take place on Sunday at the lakeside oval in Entebbe and hopefully, the weather will allow for great cricket to happen.

Prepared by : Denis Musali

BRIAN MASABA LEADS FROM THE FRONT AS CRICKET CRANES PICK FAMOUS WIN AGAINST KENYA

CWC Challenge League Group B

  • Kenya 253/6 (Naman Patel (60), Dhiren Ghondaria (53) Frank Nsubuga 2/38) Uganda 254/7 (Ronak Patel (80), Shahzad Ukani (60) (49.2/50 overs, target 254)
  • Uganda won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

He might have scored only 22 runs but Brian Masaba offered himself when the team needed him instead of throwing the responsibility to someone else he joined walked in with 47 runs needed for the win.

With the set Ronak Patel departing someone had to step up and cometh the moment cometh Brian Masaba. He put his skill to the test scoring crucial runs in a pressure situation with veteran Frank Nsubuga to guide Uganda to a famous victory over neighbours Kenya.

With Charles Waiswa out due to injury, Richard Agamire got his chance and the flat Henry Ssentondo was also replaced by youngster Kenneth Waiswa to make the tail longer.

Uganda won the toss and elected to field first but on a batting surface, the bowlers struggled for consistency.

Kenyan openers were largely untroubled putting on a 88 for the first wicket before veteran Frank Nsubuga broke the partnership. Wickets were not easy to come by for the Cricket Cranes with the Simbas having some good partnerships in the middle that helped them accumulate 253/6 in the 50 overs.

The chase for Uganda didn’t get off to a good start with Roger Mukasa (13) and Arnold Otwani (4) falling early before a third-wicket partnership of 100 runs between Shahzad Kamal Ukani (60) and Ronak Patel (80) steadied the ship. Once Shahzad was gone, the on-form Dinesh Nakrani (37) threw some nasty blows as the rate started to climb.

Patel was due a big contribution and he repaid the faith of the selectors with a well-timed knock but his fall with over 50 runs needed nearly derailed the chase. However, Brian Masaba stepped up to knock off the deficit with veteran Frank Nsubuga to claim a famous three-wicket win.

This is the first time Uganda is defeating Kenya in an ICC competition and also a second win for team Uganda at the tournament in Oman.

There is no rest for team Uganda as they will be back in action tomorrow to take on Bermuda.

A third win for the Cricket Cranes will most definitely mean they finish among the top 4 the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.

Prepared by:

Denis Musali

RUNS GALORE AS CHALLENGERS PUT TORNADO TO THE SWORD, KUTCHI TIGERS EDGE PAST KICC

MATCH SUMMARIES

Challengers CC 466/6 in 50 Overs | Tornado CC 61/9 in 14.5/50 Overs

Tornado CC won the toss and opted to bowl
Result: Challengers CC won by 405 runs

Batting Challengers CC: Arnold Otwani 115/108, Trevor Bukenya 80/37, Steven Wabwose 74/66, Zephania Arinaitwe 64/44, Perry Wazombe 49/31
Bowling Tornado CC: Maxwell Torach 2/72 in 9 overs
Bowling Challengers CC: Mohameed Azeem Khan 3/23 in 5 overs
Man of Match: Arnold Otwani

Kutchi Tigers 235/7 in 50 Overs | KICC 155 in 38.1/50 Overs

Kutchi Tigers won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Kutchi Tigers won by 80 runs

Batting Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 100/102, Anil Hirani 45/38
Bowling KICC: Maxwell Michael Ndiko 2/30 in 7 overs
Batting KICC: Simon Ssesaazi 32/66, Lawrence Ssempijja 24/39
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 3/24 in 9 overs, Dhansuk Jesani 3/29 in 9.1 overs
Man of Match: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani

Tornado fell in an ambush well laid by Challengers at the small Budo Cricket Oval.

Challengers scored a season record high of 466/6 in their 50 overs just 34 runs shy of 500 runs with Arnold Otwani (115) leading the onslaught with a well-played century, his first of the season, while Trevor Bukenya (80), Zephaniah Arinaitwe (64), Steven Wabwose (74) and Perry Wazombe (49) came in handy.

It was the first time a Division 1 game was being played at Budo in over a decade and this brought about because of the unavailability of most grounds. In response Tornado never got going bundled out for 61 in under 15 overs.

In the other game, national team player Dinesh Nakrani inspired his Kutchi Tigers side to pick up a precious win against KICC.

Nakrani scored 100 off 102 balls to help Kutchi Tigers to set 235/7 in their 50 Overs. He then came back with the ball to pick up three key wickets to cap off an all-round performance.

The win more of the less guarantees Kutchi Tigers’ life in the top flight while KICC endures another barren campaign.

A lot was expected of KICC this season and they had been tipped to be one of the title challengers.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

PATIDAR PICK FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST TORNADO BEE

Sunday 4th August 2019 | Lugogo Cricket Oval | Division 1

  • Toss won by Tornado Bee who elected to bat.
  • Tornado Bee CC: 100 in 42.2/50 overs & Patidar CC:101/3 in 17.2/50 overs
  • Result: Patidar won by 7 wickets.
  • Batting Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 27 runs off 66 balls
  • Bowling Patidar CC: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs, Derrick Bakunzi 3/16 in 8.2
  • Batting Patidar CC: Ankit Patel 64 runs off 42 balls, Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls
  • Bowling Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 2/15 in 4 overs.
  • Man of Match: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs & Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls

Patidar picked up their first win of the season with a resounding seven-wicket win over Tornado Bee.

The four-time champions, Tornado Bee, who had won back to back games were seeking their third win of the season which would move them further away from the relegation scrap.

Tornado Bee won the toss and chose to bat first but they failed to build meaningful partnerships apart from the top three batsmen who had double figures the other batsmen none had double figures.

The spin combination of Hardik Patel (2/23) and Derrick Bakunzi (3/16) wreaked havoc as they skittled out the former winners for only 100 in 40 overs.

Patidar captain Ankit Patel made sure of all match points leading from the front for a fluid half-century as his side dropped three wickets in the chase to win by 7 wickets.

This is the first win for Patidar who have suffered from the weather denying them action in two games that ended in draws but could have easily been their wins.

They will take the win as they try and play catch up with the teams at the top.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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