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Big hitting Immaculate Nakisuuyi (R) opened the batting with Alako. She scored 34 off 18 balls before getting clean bowled.
Mali continued their tough initiation onto the international stage - scoring 10 all out after Uganda had set 314 for 2
Uganda's Lady Cricket Cranes walk off after their record-breaking win against Mali at the beautiful Gahanga International Stadium.
Team Abagurusi showed that old is golden, indeed, when they took an assured series 1-0 lead against Team Kisementi after scripting a six-run triumph over the latter at the University Oval in Kyambogo on February 9.
The build-up to the clash that saw a return of many yesteryears’ superstars to the oval for the first time in eons was dominated with a war of words between two camps as the players plotted to oust each other.
And although the younger Team Kisementi, comprising of corporates and previous league players, were the odds-on favourites to win series opener, Team Abagurusi rendered the pundits’ predictions useless as they stunned their foes in the charity themed friendly battle.
Peter Sawyer fell seven runs short of a deserved half century but his 38-ball-43 stood out as Abagurusi set 136 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Openers Norman Batanda (13 off 11), Robert Kisubi (19 off 38) and captain Latimer Mukasa (18 off 17) also reached double figures as slow bowler Allan Ssematimba registered impressive figures of 3 for 4 in 2 overs for Kisementi to restrict Abagurusi’s piling on a bigger score.
Needing to move at 6.8 runs per over to win, all looked like smooth sailing for Team Kisementi with Paul Kaheru (41 runs off 36 balls) still out in the middle. But when he was clean bowled by William Kibukamusoke (1/30) in the 10th over, the wheels came off Kisementi’s chase.
Derrick Buwembo, who had earlier put in a good fielding shift, blossomed with 22-ball 17 and Cyrus Kibukamusoke added 10 off 2 balls (one six and one four) but it was a little too late as Kisementi run out of overs with three wickets in hand.
Former Uganda all-rounder Andrew Othieno with figures of 3 for 11 in four overs was chief destroyer of Kisementi as his spell played a pivotal role in ensuring Abagurusi carry the day.
Stopping the celebrations
But Kisementi captain Elly Kibuka Mukasa aka Sober said it was early days in the series for the Abagurusi to brag about anything. “This is going to be a long series. You cannot afford to celebrate now in a seven-match series,” said Mukasa. “We also played hospitable to our elders. We wanted to motivate them to come back. But again, they wanted to win more than we did. Our body language in the field was poor and I call upon my players to start training so that they’re better when we meet next month.
Abagurusi captain Latimer Mukasa termed the day as a ‘perfect outing’ and urged the Bagurusi to stay fresh for what he said ‘will be an exciting series that will last the distance’.
Daily Monitor has also learnt that the organisers of the series, which will ride along a charity theme, are in advanced talks with another social group within the fraternity to increase the teams participating in the series from two to either three or four in a bid to make the series more involving and exciting.
ABARUSI - KISEMENTI SERIES
Results – Game One of Seven (Feb 9)
Abagurusi 136/7 Kisementi 130/7
Abagurusi won by 6 runs
MATCH DAY SQUADS
Team Abagurusi: Norman Batanda, Robert Kisubi, Peter Sawyer, Latimer Mukasa, Andrew Othieno, Kaushik Kuldeep, William Kibukamusoke, Abu Mayanja, Paul Nsibuka Luswata, Paul Ayo, Michael Nuwagaba, Steven Lumonya, George Ndiko
Team Kisementi: John Trust Mayeku, Paul Kaheru, Daniel Ligyalingi, Elly Kibuka Mukasa, Bashir Ansasiira, Nicholas Kebba, Derrick Buwembo, Robert Mukobe, Cyrus Kibukamusoke, Fred Lutaaya, Dunstan Nsubuga Kamunvi
Jazz and cricket. A marriage between two complex disciplines from the sports and music world.
No wonder many scribes were left in awe as Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) unveiled Jazz Safari as the new National Men’s 50-Over Cricket League official sponsors yesterday.
The two entities put pen to paper in a five-year deal worth Shs500m with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) giving a provision for a review after three years. But how did these two meet. “We have been on the search for a partner for some time now,” UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi told the full house of journalists that turned up at Guvnor, arguably Kampala’s Premier nightspot and Uganda’s finest nightclub.
“Jazz Safari is a big brand and the package will help us grow because it is long. Every year, we shall get Shs100m, Shs30m cash and the rest will be used for umpires, statistics and to develop the game further.”
Tshaka Mayanja, the Jazz Safari founder, said choosing cricket was a cakewalk as they sought to exercise their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “Many people will be surprised but this was an easy pick,” said reggae artiste Mayanja. “We have lots of friends from the cricket fraternity and we thought we could start there. In other countries where jazz is big like South Africa, jazz concerts are held at cricket parks and are major partners.”
And Mayanja is committed to make the partnership work. “When we began promoting jazz, we were like outsiders which are the same with cricket now. Cricket has grown over the years here and a man of my reputation will work to ensure more talents are bred from the league into the national team.”
Guvnor proprietor Charlie Lubega and UCA chairman Richard Mwami attended the signing of the landmark deal.
By Innocent Ndawula & Darren Allan Kyeyune
Some six months ago, Nile were pipped by Tornado Bee to the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League crown.
In the same season, the side had made it to the Sixes Challenge and National Twenty20 League but lost both to KICC and Patidar Samaj respectively.
Basing on that, Nile were on expected to upgrade at all fronts this year. Shockingly, David Musoke and company are now lingering in the relegation.
The 1995 champions slumped to danger zone following a 31-run loss to Kutchi Tigers at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
“We had most of our players missing on the day due to personal reasons,” offered Nile’s senior player Martin Ondeko. "Our batting was most affected,"
The trio of Micheal Ndiko, Richard Agamire and Simon Ayella were all unavailable. But this has stuck out like a sore thumb for Nile this season.
Last month, Ondeko too missed matches against Tornado and KICC. “Sometimes, such situations are unavoidable in a season,” he said.
Defeat to Tigers was the fourth of the season as Nile dropped to seventh, only better than bottom side Wanderers. Tigers got relief, moving to sixth on 16 points.
Ayella’s absence depleted Nile’s bowling and despite Abubaker Seguya’s 3/9, they could not contain Jitesh Gorasia whose 54-ball 53 comprised four boundaries and a six.
Nanji Pindoria (18 off 29) and Lalji Gondaria (17 off 39) helped Tigers to 118 in 29.2 overs. Chasing the target in 30 overs, Nile were clueless with bat and only Seguya (24 off 35) and Ivan Kakande (21 off 33) made respectable scores.
Elsewhere, shell-shocked is the perfect description of how Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs’ (KICC) dressing looked like following a five-run loss to 2012 champions Tornado at Lugogo Oval.
NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE
Tornado 118/7 KICC 113/9
(Tornado won by five runs)
Kutchi Tigers 118/10 Nile 87/10
(Kutchi Tigers won by 31 runs)
Charity TF 221/10 Mwiri 111/10
(Charity won by 110 runs)
SKLPS 142/10 Jinja SS 114/10
(SKLPS won by 28 runs)