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Uganda Cricket Association has announced a list of 33 ladies to start preparation for the Global Qualifiers scheduled for the European summer of 2018.
Uganda qualified for the Global Qualifiers after they defeated Zimbabwe in the final for the African Region qualifiers in Namibia in August this year.
The list of 33 includes all the 14 ladies who were part of the winning team in Namibia with UK based Naomi Kayondo also included in the 33 ladies line up. UAE based Justine Musubika who features for Pioneer locally is also among those that have been summoned.
The team will be handled by head coach Francis Otieno, who will be assisted by Grace Mutyagaba and Habib Mugalula.
They will commence the non residential training on December 1 at Lugogo, when most of the school girls will be done with school.
Uganda will be battling 5 other regional winners with 2 test playing countries in Ireland and Bangladesh joining associate countries Uganda (Africa), Scotland (Europe), PNG (Oceania) and Hosts Netherlands (Europe
see below the squad;
PREPARED BY; DENNIS MUSALI
The script is almost similar to last year’s. Like 2015 where they won the first seven matches, Tornado Bee now have made it five in five after seeing off KICC by 30 runs at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.
The result meant that Tornado Bee completed the first round of six-team topflight tier with 29 points. But it was double delight for their coach Jackson Ogwang who was celebrating his 28th birthday on the day.
“When we met on Thursday, I asked the girls to deliver a win on Saturday,” said Ogwang.
Shortly after the win, his players toasted to his birthday with a surprise cake. “I did not know that there was cake,” he said, “I was astonished!”
But the party was almost not taking place had Tornado Bee not found quick remedy for KICC’s Rihanna Mutesi.
In her nine-over bowling spell, Mutesi took figures of 5/29 and Gloria Adubu had 2/31 but Patricia Munguryek (30* off 48) and Saidat Kemigisha (24* off 25) guided Tornado Bee to 140 in 36 overs. Mary Nanderenga (35 off 105) and Adubu (19 off 66) could hardly take the big chains off their feet. In the end, it was KICC’s fourth loss.
NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE
RESULTS - DIVISION ONE
Tornado Bee 140/10 KICC 110/10
Olila 118/8 Premier 72/10
The choices we make in life make or break us, they often say so. Lady Cricket Cranes all-rounder Franklyn Najjumba can now relax after her decision to leave National Women’s 50-Over League champions Pioneer for Jinja Secondary School.
It certainly feels right after the 28-year-old spurred Jinja SS to the National Women’s Sixes Cup title on her first day in business at Lugogo Oval on Saturday.
“I am so excited playing with the girls,” Najjumba told Daily Monitor after the five-wicket win over Tornado Bee. “And the fact that we have won our first trophy of the season, this is a perfect start here.”
Najjumba’s right-arm medium-fast deliveries earned her figures of 2/4 in her five-ball spell and together with Stephannie Nampiina (2/2) they bowled out Tornado Bee for 35 runs in 4.5 overs.
Skipper Naome Kayondo top-scored with 10 off 13 balls. The target for coach Habibu Mugalula’s side was within reach and revenge for defeat in last year’s Sixes Cup final was imminent.
Dinah Adong sealed the job with a 16-ball 15-run knock to add to the club’s 2014 Twenty20 title.
Prior, both sides had played in the 50-Over League season opener that had gone Tornado Bee’s way.
“The girls have been used to the Twenty20 format but with time we, shall catch up,” Najjumba said.
Here, Tornado Bee majorly relied on the chemistry between their openers Rashida Kalsum (43 off 82) and Saidat Kemigisha (24 off 22).
The pair built a firm foundation and despite Nampiina (4/19) and Rita Musamali’s (3/42) resistance, they coasted 147 in 37 overs.