Sweet T20 success for Olila

Olila High School Cricket Club spent the entire weekend on cloud nine after lifting the Mehta Women’s Twenty20 Premier League on the first time of asking on Saturday. The side beat two-time champions Jinja SS by 59 runs in a much boring one-sided final at Kyambogo Oval. “Great,” Olila team manager Felix Musana explained the feeling moments after deliver first fruits from the four-year-old Soroti Cricket Academy orchard. “It has been an effort,” Olila coach Ivan Kakande stated. “The girls know what they want and our Soroti project is taking the right path.” “All the hard work we put in finally paying off is priceless,” enchanted Musana, moments before taking his girls out for a drink at Legends. Saturday was a day perfectly crafted for Olila in literally every sense. Right after senior two student Gloria Obukor (2/6 in 3 overs) stopped Pioneer at 60-6, Margaret Banja (22-run-a-ball) and Racheal Ntono (17 off 34) easily got the target in 11.1 overs to win the morning semifinal. Yet while Olila rested, Jinja SS saw off Wanderers in the second semifinal by 23 runs after defending their 99-5 score through Stephanie Nampiina (2/5 in 4 overs) and Rita Musamali (1/15 in 4 overs). In the past, semifinals are played at Lugogo and Kyambogo, with the latter victor moving 5km to Lugogo for the final. Owing to the intensity in the field during matches of the shorter code, Jinja ought to have batted first after winning the toss in the final. But instead, they unanimously opted to field first, burning out and that playing into Olila’s favour. “The team chose to field first,” Nampiina would later say. “For me, it was about letting Olila bat first, prolong the final and give ourselves a chance,” Jinja coach Habibu Mugalula said. The impact of fielding 38 successive overs across two matches had Olila set 110-4 in 20 overs. Between the 14th and 17th overs, Jinja gave away 44 runs, Kenyan Sarah Bhakitah getting 21* off 15. But it was her country-mate Banja (37 off 53) who had taken the game away prior with a 43-run third-wicket partnership with Gertrude Candiru (27 off 26). MEHTA TWENTY20 PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL RESULT Olila HS 110/4 Jinja SS 51/9 (Olila HS won by 59 runs) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mukasa century earns Tornado B sweet revenge against KICC

Tornado B batsman Roger Mukasa struck a century of 119 runs off 90 balls to help his side to a comfortable 125-run victory over Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Sunday. 
“I was hitting the balls quite well on a favourable wicket,” a thrilled Mukasa told Daily Monitor. His second ton gave title holders Tornado B firm grip of top spot in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League with 41 points. 
“This is my best century this year because I didn’t give the bowlers any chance until I departed,” the right-hand batsman said in comparison to his 72-ball 137 against Challengers back on May 3. 
While Mukasa stretched his tally to 480 runs from nine innings, it was a guillotine that deemed right for Tornado B to revenge the first-round four-wicket defeat to KICC. “We didn’t bowl well against him and that’s how we lost it. But we’ll be glad for taking a bonus point,” noted KICC skipper Geoffrey Gandhi.
Gandhi’s option to field first temporarily seemed right as their opponents got off to a rather plodding start as Tornado B were 44-2 in 14.2 overs. It’s here that Mukasa took the bull by its horns. 
He made nine boundaries and five maximums in a 114-run combo with Akbar Baig (66 off 106) and later shared 100 runs with Davis Karashani. Eventually, Tornado B coasted to 322/8, the second highest score this season. KICC’s opening pair of Abdallah Lubega (61 off 66) and John Gabula (35 off 76) shared 95 runs to spark signs of hope. But once their union broke, the side’s wheels came off after they lost seven wickets for 30 runs and Gandhi’s late 42 off 39 was a mere kick of a dying horse.

ACC 149/10 Patidar 151/4
(Patidar won by six wickets)
Pirates 184/10 Aziz Damani 135/10
(Pirates won by 49 runs)

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