Uganda aim to reclaim Kwibuka Peace Trophy

Uganda are setting out on a mission to enhance their reputation as real African giants.
Yesterday, a 16-man contingent led by coach Habibu Mugalula and manager Harriet Nanziri departed for Kigali in attempt to reclaim the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace Women’s Twenty20 Tournament title.

But unlike other teams, Uganda have thrown their young girls - The Schools Select XI - into the deep end against national teams of Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya to fight for honours. Mugalula takes the best players selected from the just-concluded Pepsi Girls Schools’ Cricket Week won by his Jinja SS last month.

“This is another chance for the youngsters to grow as we have done for their seniors,” acting Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Martin Ondeko said before the team was flagged off by National Council of Sports General Secretary David Katende in Lugogo on the cold morning. And the intent is clear for June 7-10 event at the Gahanga Stadium. “We are going to bring back the trophy,” said assistant captain Immaculate Nakisuyi after receiving the flag.

Nakisuyi is selected alongside Jinja SS teammates captain Rita Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina.

The trio is also part of the senior team preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Netherlands next month.

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Pioneer claim third straight league win

The race for title already seems to be brewing a photo-finish as the first round of the Women’s League approaches a final bend.
On Saturday, Pioneer Cricket Club became the fourth different side to move to the summit of the eight-team log after they defeated Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC) in Jinja.

The commanding 177-run win, third in a row after four fixtures meant Pioneer moved from fourth place to dislodge Jinja SS (18 points) via a better Net Run Rate. Prior, moneybags KICC and Tornado B have also hit the pinnacle. 
“We don’t care about the opposition,” Pioneer coach Davis Turinawe told Daily Monitor. “We just want to keep making noise with the bat and ball.”

Nine-man JACC’s opening bowler Nuru Nakaziba (4/24) struck early to leave Pioneer at 24-2 inside 4.4 over.

But former Lady Cricket Cranes skipper Barbara Mukankusi (40 off 45) combined well with Mary Nankinga (53 off 78) for 70-run third-wicket partnership.

Mukankusi was caught behind by Irene Nekesa off Grace Nabaaza (1/36) on the penultimate ball of the 18th over. It mattered less as Nankinga shared another 46-run stand with Carol Namugenyi (24 off 21) before Pioneer set a 200-8 total in 35 overs.

JACC barely posed a threat in the 7.4-over innings as only Nabaaza (13-run-a-ball) got double digits after Namugenyi (4/12 and two maidens) and Franklyn Najjumba (3/10) bowling spells.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S 40-OVER LEAGUE

Pioneer 200/8 JACC 23/8
(Pioneer won by 177 runs)


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