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Aziz Damani-Masaka SS and Olila High School Cricket Clubs continued to enjoy fine form in the Mehta Women’s Twenty20 Premier League round-robin phase with flawless victories on Saturday.
Leaders Damani added to their 169-point tally with eight-wicket and 79-run victories over KICC in Entebbe.
And holders Olila found it pretty against old guard Wanderers, winning 169 and 125 runs in the morning and afternoon encounters at the University Oval in Kyambogo.
Damani and Olila were separated by nine points after six matches heading into Saturday’s duels.
And their commanding displays imply they will be the top seeds come the semi-finals.
For Damani, experienced Kenyan Margaret Banja was the star of the morning win thanks to her 14-ball 19 that ably got her side meet KICC’s 48-run target in 6.2 overs.
But UK-bound Immaculate Nakisuyi took charge of the afternoon with standout bowling figures of 4/12 in her four-over spell as they stopped KICC at 67-9 in pursuit of Damani’s 146-8.
That figure piled up courtesy of Irene Alumo (42 off 45) and Consy Aweko (26* off 17).
For holders Olila, Wanderers barely put up a challenge in all departments.
“We had little to do for the wins,” Olila’s Racheal Ntono said.
In the morning, Joyce Mary Apio (55 off 26) and Janet Mbabazi (52 off 41) secures half-tons as Olila set 189-5.
In response, Wanderers was bowled out for a paltry 20 runs in 10 overs with Apio (4/2 in 4 overs) and Kevin Amuge (3/14 in 4 overs) bowling for fun.
Mbabazi would against make 69 off 65, helping Olila to 171-5 but her former club withered at 46 all-out in 14 overs.
Victory. Leaders Damani added to their 169-point tally with eight-wicket and 79-run victories over KICC in Entebbe. And holders Olila found it pretty against old guard Wanderers, winning 169 and 125 runs in the morning and afternoon encounters at the University Oval in Kyambogo.
Cricket Cranes’ bid to lift the ICC World Cricket League Division Three trophy received a shot in the arm following the unveiling, by Mehta Group, of a sponsorship package worth Shs45 million.
The deal, signed at the weekend in Lugazi, will cater for among others players’ allowances, team bonuses and team kit for the upcoming six-team showpiece scheduled to bowl off next Tuesday (May 23).
According to Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Justine Ligyalingi, the partnership with Mehta began in 2012 and is only being revived.
“Mehta has been supporting cricket activities in the country with sponsorship to teams such as Nile Knights in the East African Premier League as well as the Women’s T20 League.
“Today, however, is special and we would like to thank Mehta for the financial support towards the men’s team for this upcoming event,” Ligyalingi said after appending his signature to the deal along with UCA chairman Bashir Ansasiira and Mehta Group CEO Anil Shah.
Although the deal will cater for the men’s national team, Shah promised to extend financial help to the ladies’ team as well.
“Our commitment towards cricket development is unquestionable. This is just the beginning. Next will be the ladies,” Shah said, before urging the players to give their all during the 10-day event.
Uganda open their campaign against Canada at Lugogo Oval on May 23 and team captain Davis Karashani believes they have got what it takes to move a division up.
“The mood in the camp is positive. We have a great physio (Habiba) and she is working hard to ensure all the niggles are gone ahead of our opener. The squad is also littered with players of quality and I am positive they will make the country proud,” Karashani said.
Oman is expected to be the first country to jet in on Thursday with the rest USA, Canada, Oman, Malaysia and Singapore arriving on Saturday and Sunday. UCA will unveil the new team jersey tomorrow.
ICC WCL DIV III
May 23: Uganda vs. Canada - Lugogo Oval
May 24: Uganda vs. Singapore -Entebbe Oval
May 26: Uganda vs. Oman -Kyambogo Oval
May 27: Ugandavs. Malaysia - Lugogo Oval
May 29: Uganda vs.USA - Entebbe Oval
By CAESAR ABANGIRAH
Regular season form will count for nothing today when the four finest sides in the Nanji Kalidas Mehta Memorial Tournament lock horns for the big prize at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Afridi XI are overwhelming favourites after topping the charts with 24 points after a flawless record from their six round-robin phase fixtures.
But for them to carry the day’s glittering trophy and Shs3m cash prize at stake, they will need their star man Irfan Khan Afridi and Lady Luck on their side as every side is itching to soil their record.
They take on a Keshwala side, who finished second with 16 points, that is not short of firepower and lively wires in the ranks.
KICC will curtain raise the day with a clash against MMK. Both sides finished the preliminary round with 12 points. But KICC captain Hanumant Katkar believes his side has a chance of making it to the finals.
“We have a long route to victory,” said Katkar. “But we are going to take it one game at a time. We need three wins on the day.” Damani, Cosmas and MTN are the other sides that took part in the tourney.
KICC vs. MMK, 9am
Afridi vs. Keshwala, 11am
Winners Game 1 vs. Looser Game
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game
Fixtures for Mehta Premier League:
Semi Final 1. Charity Trust Fund CC Vs Pioneer CC
Venue: Lugogo Oval
Starting Time: 10:00am
Semi Final 2. Jinja Senior Secondary School CC Vs Wanderers CC
Venue: Kyambogo Oval
Starting Time: 10:00am
Final: Winner Semi Final 1 Vs Winner Semi Final 2.
Venue: Lugogo Oval
Habibu Mugalula was a militaristic cricketer in his hey-day. Always steaming in from 30 yards with the new ball and an even more eye-catching sight with the bat as he scampered for quick tight singles.
It is the same attitude with which Mugalula played that he initiated when he started a new career as cricket coach in 2012 at Jinja Secondary School.
His students had to learn fast, and they did. There was no two ways! But over the past one-month (37 days to be exact), things have been slow in the 34-year-old’s life.
A hit and run accident left him crippled on September 10 in Jinja. The soft-spoken tactician’s pelvic girdle was broken and he underwent an operation to have a plate inserted to hold his pelvic bones together.
But Mugalula threw away the clutches for the first time and regained his mojo, albeit temporarily last Sunday, when Jinja SS girls pulled off a heist to win the Mehta National Twenty20 League.
The bubbly teenagers defeated favourites Charity by five wickets in a low-scoring semifinal at Kyambogo Oval before toppling Wanderers by the same margin in a nail-biting final at Lugogo.
“We played well today and we dedicate this victory to our coach [Mugalula],” Jinja SS captain of the day Rachael Ntono was quick to say soon after the over-the-top celebrations.
“We didn’t play well when he was away and we were hungry to win it for him as a welcome back gift. We are very excited and there will be a big party at school.” Mugalula, who was bed-ridden for a week in Mulago Hospital after being transferred from Jinja Hospital, also credited the girls for possessing big-match temperaments and playing with pure passion.
“Their love for the game is incomparable and they know how to execute game plans.
“That’s what happens when they listen,” said Mugalula, who is coincidentally an alumnus of Jinja SS.
The youthful coach nicknamed Mugi spared a vote of thanks for Jinja SS head teacher Dinah Hope Tuhumwire Nyago, Uganda Cricket Association, fellow teachers Samuel Musiho and Yusuf Nanga, student Aloysius Odoi and his wife Faith Neema, who have spent both their time and money to ensure he gets back on the road running as before like a well-oiled machine.
MEHTA NATIONAL TWENTY20 W0MEN’S CRICKET LEAGUE
Wanderers 85/5 Jinja SS 86/5
(Jinja SS won by 5 wickets)
Charity TF 49/8 Jinja SS 54/5
Wanderers 75/5 Tornado 63/9
ROLL OF HONOUR
Player of Series: Damalie Busingye (Jinja SS) – 154 runs & 7 wickets
Best Batter: Naome Kayondo (Wanderers) – 127 runs in 5 innings
Best Bowler: Joselyn Nakato (Charity TF) – 9 wickets
Best Fielder: Franklyn Najjumba (Tornado) – 4 dismissals
Best Wicketkeeper: Patricia Munguryek (Charity TF) – 7 dismissals
By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE
JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE
RESULTS FOR THE FINALS:
WANDERERS CC VS JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB
JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB 86/5 IN 19.5 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS CC 85/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL
Toss won Jinja SSS CC who opted to Field.
BATTING JINJA SSS: Racheal Ntono 23 off 26 balls, Pricco Nakitende 19 off 28 balls
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/16 in 4 Overs, Lydia Bakumpe 2/22 in 4 Overs.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 23 off 30 balls, Naome Kayondo 23 off 33 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Stephanie Nampiina 1/9 in 4 Overs, Damalie Busingye 1/11 in 2 Overs.
RESULTS FOR SEMI FINAL 1 & 2
SEMI FINAL 1.
TORNADO CC Vs WANDERERS CC
TORNADO CC 63/9 IN 20 OVERS LOST TO WANDERERS CC 75/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 12 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL.
Toss won by Tornado CC who opted to Field.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 28 off 37 balls, Naome Kayondo 18 off 25 balls.
BOWLING TORNADO: Gloria Adubu 2/19 in 4 Overs
BATTING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 11off 11 balls.
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/10 in 4 Overs, Naome Kayondo 2/17 in 4 Overs.
SEMI FINAL 2:
CHARITY TRUST FUND CC Vs JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB.
JINJA SSS 54/5 IN 13 OVERS, BEAT CHARITY TRUST FUND CC 49/8 IN 13 OVERS AT KYAMBOGO GROUND.
Toss won by Charity who elected to bat
BATTING JINJA SSS: Damalie Busingye 11 off 22 balls, Immaculate Nakisuyi 10 Not Out off 11 balls
BOWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/5 in 2 Overs
BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 8 off 22 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Pricco Nakitende 2/4 in 2 Overs, Rita Musamali 2/10 in 2 Overs.
Conguratulations to Jinja Senior Secondary School CC for Winning the 2014 Mehta Premier League.