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

Ansasira replaces Mwami as new cricket top honcho

Nile Cricket Club’s Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira was elected into office as Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) chairman in a hotly contested election at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo.

Badu garnered nine of 16 votes while his opponents Paul Luswata Nsibuka of Tornado and KICC’s Mukesh Shukla got seven and zero respectively.

There was pre-election controversy over who was supposed to vote on behalf of KICC and whether the constitution was flouted by the late inclusion of Mukesh on the ballot. This prompted outgoing chairman Richard Mwami to swing his powerful willow into action by ‘throwing’ KICC out of the elective assembly till they resolve their in-house issues.

Mwami’s actions were however supported by the constitution that calls for clubs to offer their delegates and also gives a provision for nominations in the assembly as seen below.

Though KICC returned with Shukla and Hanumant Katkar as their delegates, there was no doubt when the former polled no vote that the Dr Sudhir Ruparelia-led club had hatched up a plan to swing the vote, which could have ended in a loathed draw. This development caught the assembly off guard given some Mukesh posters been littered in Sun Lounge room of Mukesh prior to the meeting. But there were no prizes for guessing whom they had voted when they celebrated Badu’s victory louder than anyone else.

“We are ready to take responsibility of our duties and actions. We shall bring peace in cricket through high levels of transparency,” Badu promised in his victory speech reading right through the mood of an assembly that gave their auditor George Ndiko a tough time consequently declining to return him for another term.

Incumbent Jeremy Kibuukamusoke was a lightweight for Eric Kamara, who outmuscled him 12 to 4 votes in the race for secretary. Ansasira and Kamara are scheduled to appoint the heads of the different serving committees including but not restricted to finance, technical, games, disciplinary and marketing, among others.

HOW THEY VOTED 
CHAIRMAN
Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira: 9
Paul Nsibuuka Luswata: 7 
Mukesh Shukla: 0
SECRETARY
Eric Kamara: 12 
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke: 4
Board Members
Mary Nanderenga Makumbi - Women Representative 
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke -Tornado B
Paul Kaheru - Africa
Premal Yagnik - Premier
Paul Nsibuka Luswata -Tornado
Emmanuel Tibagye - JACC
Mukesh Shukla - KICC

RULE OF LAW 
Any two members of an affiliated Club may propose candidates to take up offices by notice in writing to the Secretary at least seven days before the date of the meeting, and the Secretary shall forthwith post the same in the Association premises, with the exception that further nominations to offices can be made on the floor at the time of election, subject to the different Club’s rights created herein.

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & MAKHTUM MUZIRANSA

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KICC survive nervy finish to remain top

It was difficult to realise that both KICC and Charity Trust Fund were yet to lose in five National Men’s Twenty20 Cup ties as they faced off at Lugogo Oval on Sunday morning. All seemed ordinary until after midday when KICC went on to win by three runs in a very tense finish. The best had been saved for last.

“We put up the best display and deserved to win,” said KICC bowler Emmanuel Taban after he staved off the opposition when they needed nine runs to win off the last over.

Enroute to their sixth straight win in Group A, KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar had opted to bat first upon winning the toss. When opener Irfan Afridi was caught by Ronald Opio off Collin Abong (3/19) for a duck after two overs, Katkar backed his decision with a neat 37-ball 32*.

Teenager Siraj Nsubuga latter made five boundaries to top-score with 44 off 25 balls as the 2014 finalists KICC survived Varinder Singh (2/18) and Innocent Ndawula (2/9) to set 113-8. Charity bowlers’ donkey work seemed to go to waste when openers Opio and Edmond Musasizi departed for a combined eight runs after 2.1 overs. 
Varinder (30 off 27), captain Lawrence Ssempijja (18 off 22) and Roger Makwasi (14 off 23) all guided the team out of Egypt but the Promised Land seemed far.

With fans cheering, the Charity locker room on their feet and KICC players unfazed, the final batting combo of Abong (6* off 8) and Emma Kamya (8* off 8) failed to get the required 11 runs off the last 12 balls. “We were under pressure,” Abong said later after an exchange with some of his teammates. “The top order should have done better.”

Charity dusted themselves by beating Kutchi Tigers for a 25-run victory courtesy of superb bowling from the experienced Ndawula.

The chinaman took man-of-match honours after picking 3/13 off 22 deliveries that left Tigers staggering while chasing a target of 107. Across other venues, there were more nervy endings such as Mwiri chasing Avengers’ 163/8 to win by a wicket with a ball to spare in Budo. Similarly, Pirates’ Robinson Turinawe (3/22) helped Pirates defend their 145/9 against hosts JACC.

Weekend t20 results 
Wanderers 126/2 Strikers 129/5 
(Strikers won by five wickets)
KICC 113/8 Charity TF 110/7
(KICC won by 3 runs)
Charity TF 107/8 Kutchi Tigers 82/10
(Charity TF won by 25 runs)
Tornado 165/4 SKLPS 105/8
(Tornado won by 60 runs)
Premier 117/9 Tornado 115/10 
(Premier won by 2 runs)
Tornado Bee 165/5 KC Budo 113/8
(Tornado Bee won by 52 runs)
Patidar 87/8 Tornado Bee 90/1
(Tornado Bee won by nine wickets)

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Drama-filled weekend for title chasers as Challengers stay top

One game was done before lunch in Kyambogo. Then ACC got 165 thanks to a swashbuckling 19-ball 52 from Robert Okot but it was Aziz Damani, who without having to bat, that were awarded victory at the King’s College Budo Oval. 
ACC’s crime? They took to the field for the second innings with less than nine players in matching jerseys.

In Lugogo, relegation-threatened Tornado almost pulled off a heist chasing 260 for victory against Patidar Samaj but bad-light put paid to any of their hopes.

Such was the intensity with which all games were played on Sunday, cricket lovers were left wishing they could catch all of the National Men’s Cricket League action.
Henry Ssenyondo single-handedly ensured that Challengers (48) remain atop the table with at least a 10-point cushion. The left-arm orthodox spinner prized out eight wickets as Wanderers collapsed for 73 runs.

Arthur Kyobe (35 off 24) and Mohammed Aneef (29 off 20) were unbeaten and brutal in the chase as Challengers sealed their eighth win of the season at Kyambogo.

At Lugogo, John Gabula (87 off 113) and Richard Okia (41 off 59) almost made Patidar pay for their clumsy fielding in the chase of 260 and the latter will have the umpires (Grace Mutyagaba and Michael Okoth) to thank for having extended time of play and forthwith helping them over the victory tape.

But the mother-of-all clashes was at the lakeside oval in Entebbe where a tense but low-scoring spectacle was played out between title hopefuls Nile and defending champions Tornado Bee. “We were lucky not to lose,” said Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke. “We still have a game in hand but more work to do.” 
Due to the closure of Kampala-Entebbe highway, Nile and, umpires Paul Okecho and James Bamulese arrived late. The morning showers further reduced the game to 33 overs. Simon Ayella (2/11) and Ivan Kakande (3/18) restricted Tornado Bee to 91 runs in 29.5 overs. Nile batsmen, too, caved in to Deus Muhumuza (2/5), Roger Mukasa (2/19) and Davis Karashani (3/18) but their captain David Musoke (40 off 88) stayed firm.

He stuck in with last man Alvin Bagaya, needing five runs to win off Charles Waiswa’s (2/21) final over. Musoke flicked Waiswa to tie but Waiswa got Musoke caught behind, two balls later, for a fascinating tie.

RESULTS - DIV. I 
Patidar 259/9 [249] Tornado 238/9 
Wanderers 73/10 Challengers 77/0 
Tornado Bee 91/10 Nile 91/10 
DIVISION TWO
ACC 165/10 Damani DNB
* Match awarded to Damani
SKLPS 350/10 Mwiri CC 119/10 
DIVISION THREE
Avengers 123/10 K’la Pirates 125/5
Strikers 228/10 JACC 60/10

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Tornado Bee in unfamiliar spot as Challengers top

Defending champions Tornado Bee find themselves in a spot of bother as the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League approaches the business end. In each of the past three seasons, Tornado Bee have been top of the league standings before emerging champions.

But a fourth straight title now looks unlikely for Tornado Bee. At halfway stage, the champions, with a game in hand, are second on the table with 34 points, eight behind toppers Challengers. Without a league crown to their name, Challengers seem to be the real deal this season. They appear determined to end Tornado Bee’s stranglehold on the title.

As the second round bowled off at the weekend, Challengers engaged a stronger gear, romping to a 104-run victory over 2011 champions Patidar Samaj at the Kyambogo Oval. 
“It was tense,” Challengers skipper Ivan Thawithemwira said after they ably defended 192 runs. “We did not score many runs but we had to defend the small total.” Opting to bat first, one would understand Thawi’s worries after the opening pair of Arthur Kyobe and Mohammed Aneef departed in a space of five balls.

The score board read 15-2 after 3.4 overs. Here, top season buy Hamu Kayondo reconstructed the innings with three boundaries and a six in a 38-ball 27.

“May be we got too excited before batting,” Kayondo stated. “The wicket looked good to play on but it was actually turning.” His 45-run fourth-wicket combo with Thawi (20 off 14) was supported by late solid knocks from Derrick Bakunzi (23 off 35) and Abraham Alema (24 off 58). Spinners Naseer Ahmad (3/12) and Henry Ssenyondo (3/16) crippled Patidar’s batsmen swiftly but only Gurang Patel (28 off 58) battled the wrath. They were eventually bowled out on the penultimate ball of the 33rd over.

Tornado Bee did not face sister side Tornado on Sunday after umpires Grace Mutyagaba and James Bamulese deemed the soggy Lugogo Oval a outfield unplayable. “Sewage flooded on the field,” Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke revealed. Although they have a game in hand, Tornado Bee could plunge into a state of panic with Challengers showing no signs of faltering.

Unblemished record

It is the first time in four seasons that Tornabo Bee are starting the second round off the league summit. They are second behind Challengers but have a game in hand.

Men’s 50-over league 
DIVISION ONE
Challengers 192/10 Patidar 88/10 
(Challengers won by 104 runs)

KICC 120/6 Kutchi Tigers 68/10 
(KICC won by 52 runs)
DIVISION TWO
Premier 103/10 Mwiri 81/10 
(Premier won by 22 runs)
DIVISION THREE
Avengers 198/10 JACC 53/10 
(Avengers won by 145 runs)

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Tigers end KICC’s unbeaten league run, move top

They may not be an exceptional side but Kutchi Tigers capitalized on their opponents’ self-destructive mode to beat Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by 66 runs at Kyambogo on Sunday. 

The Sudhir Ruparelia-sponsored side has themselves to blame for the result that ended their three-match unbeaten streak in the Men’s Division One 50-Over League.

“It’s sad we lost but I attribute that to the lots of internal disorganisation we had,” admitted KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar. 

Justification included on-field arguments and Katkar reportedly lost control of his dressing room in the heated post-match meeting. But that takes nothing away from the season’s surprise package Tigers. 

The Indian-oriented club was not only gifted with a fourth league in five matches. They also became the fifth different side to move top of the eight-team log on-level with Nile (22 points) but with a better Net Run Rate (NRR). “The feeling (to be at the top) is so unfamiliar,” smiling captain Alphesh Hirani said. 

Formed in 2013, Tigers earned promotion last season behind KICC but are now even sure of surviving relegation this year. “For now, I believe we are safe. We don’t have much pressure in the coming games.” Hirani added. 

When Katkar opted to field first, Tigers relied on Kenyan import Hiren Varaiya who struck a decent 82-ball 53*. He also shared a 103-run third stand with Nariv Kishore (51 off 52) for Tigers to set 168-6 in 37 overs.

The lunch time showers forced umpires Grace Mutyagaba and James Bamulese to revise the score via Duckworth & Lewis Method and KICC needed 212 runs to win from 37 overs. 

Left-arm spinner Varaiya (3/29), Kanti Vekariya (2/28) and Shailesh Halai (2/21) consistently broke partnerships and resistance from opener Abdallah Lubega (43 off 52) and Assadu Seiga (44 off 56) only gave momentary optimism. Eventually, KICC’s bubble burst at 145-10 with five overs to spare. 

NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE
WEEKEND RESULTS
DIVISION ONE
Charity TF 120/10 Tornado 121/3
(Tornado won by seven wickets)
Kutchi Tigers 168/6 [211] KICC 145/10 D/L
(Tigers won by 66 runs)
DIVISION TWO
Aziz Damani 130/10 Premier 131/8 
(Premier won by two wickets)
Jinja SS 93/10 [87] Mwiri 88/7 D/L
(Mwiri won by three wickets)
SKLPS 351/9 [231] KC Budo 88/10 D/L 
(SKLPS won by 143 runs)

 

DIVISION ONE TABLE STANDINGS
1 Kutchi Tigers - 22 points
2 Nile - 22
3 Tornado - 21
4 KICC - 19
5 Tornado B - 18

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Mukasa century at Jinja SS seals Tornado B’s flawless first round

Tornado B’s Roger Mukasa capped another impressive day with the bat as he scored a 114-ball 173 ton to help his side to a 185-run victory over hosts Jinja SS in the men’s Division One National 50-Over League encounter on Sunday.
Mukasa’s century, now the highest knock this year thus far, ensured the defending champions Tornado B completed the first round of seven games with their 100 per cent unbeaten record intact on 39 points and forthwith atop the log.
“I am pretty delighted with the feat,” a composed Mukasa told Daily Monitor as he cooled off from Jinja while watching the Commonwealth Games with teammates at Lugogo Tennis Club on Sunday evening. 
Eight days ago, the top-order batsman had blazed 154 in the 144-run win over Wanderers and prior to heading to Jinja, the image of celebrating his first ever back-to-back career tons was never envisioned.

Successive ton
“I did not think of scoring another century so soon,” he said, “But after I hit the first ball, I felt like I would go on to play like my idol Adam Glichrist (retired Australian batsman and wicket-keeper),” Mukasa added. He now leads the batting charts with 451 runs from six innings.
With two wickets down after 7.2 overs, the 25-year-old rode his luck after being dropped on 73 and went on to strike 17 fours until he was caught by Aloysious Odoi off Geoffrey Gandi’s (2/62) on penultimate ball of the 43rd over.
Mukasa’s effort was supplemented with knocks from Lawrence Ssematimba (51), Davis Karashani (26) and the Kibuukamusoke brothers; captain Jeremy (39) and Cyrus (25) as Tornado B coasted to the season’s highest aggregate of 375 for 7.
Following in-swing medium pacer John Mpande’s (4/21) damage, Jinja SS were 43 for 5 after 10 overs but some resistance from Emmanuel Taban (45) and Odoi (42) helped them reach a paltry 190 runs.
Meanwhile, Challengers returned to winning ways after three months with a 199-run victory over a depleted Nile. Celebrating his 22nd birthday in style, Challengers’ Arnold Otwani stroked a 94-ball 73 half ton and paired for a match-winning 107-run third-wicket combo with Ivan Thawithemwira (69 off 73) as they set 280 for 4. Otwani later claimed five scalps for 26 runs as Nile were bowled out for 81.

NATIONAL 50 -OVer League RESULTs
DIVISION ONE
Tornado B 375/7 Jinja SS 190/10 
Challengers 280/8 Nile 81/10 
DIVISION TWO
Patidar 149/10 Mwiri 150/7 
Kutchi Tigers 325/9 Premier 156/10

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