UGANDA CRICKET CRANES HOLD THEIR NERVE TO DEFEAT JERSEY BY 25 RUNS IN OMAN

Uganda held its nerve to defeat Jersey by 25 runs in their first game at the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament in Oman.

The island nation won the toss and chose to field first in the only game of the opening day of the Challenge League B.

Uganda named a predictable starting XI with youngsters Richard Agamire, Fred Achellam, and Kenneth Waiswa missing out with Steve Tikolo naming a very experienced side.

Roger Mukasa and Arnold Otwani opened the batting for Uganda and despite both getting some good starts they were unable to capitalize as they fell for scores below 20.

Ronak Patel is still soul searching and he dragged a ball onto his stumps for zero to limit Uganda to 36/3 inside 15 overs.

A 70 run partnership between Shahzad Kamal (47) and captain Brian Masaba (40) settled all nerves and laid a platform for the middle order to prosper.

Dinesh Nakrani (79) and Riazat Shah (37) who in the past have combined for some memorable knocks had a 91-run partnership that helped Uganda pile 248/8 in their 50 overs.

In the chase, Jersey took the game to Uganda scoring freely and wickets were difficult to come by for the Cricket Cranes. The usually reliable spinners had an off day as Henry Ssenyondo and Frank Nsubuga had a difficult time as they failed the partnerships that were growing.

However, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Shah and Dinesh Nakrani had a great day with the ball containing the run flow and also picking up the important wickets.

Nakrani undoubtedly the man of the match picked the last wicket of the game as Uganda closed out a 25 run win.

The win gives Uganda momentum as they go into their next four games. Uganda needs at least two more wins to be able to remain in contention for the top slot in Group B.

CRICKET CRANES OFF TO OMAN FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Uganda Cricket Association today flagged off a contingent of 14 players accompanied by 7 officials as they start their qualification journey for the 2023 World Cup.

The new qualification format was created last year with Uganda placed in Group B alongside neighbors Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Each of the teams will play a maximum of 15 ODIs scheduled across three rounds. The first was supposed to be hosted by Hong Kong but due to the political situation in the country, the tournament was moved to Oman.

Uganda had a horror visit to Oman in 2018 when they finished bottom of Division 3 World Cricket League and they will be looking at rewriting that script with a good show this time around.

Brian Masaba will be leading the side in his first major ICC tournament but had an audition for the job on the build-up tour in Zimbabwe.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsBrian Masaba

The 14-man team will travel with a selector for the first time in the history of Uganda Cricket and he will be tasked with making the tough decisions while on tour.

The Cricket Cranes will play their first game on Monday, December 2 against Jersey.

The team departed Kampala this evening aboard Emirates and will arrive in the desert nation early on Saturday morning.

Travelling Contingent

  • Players: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain), 2. Roger Mukasa, 3. Arnold Otwani, 4. Kenneth Waiswa, 5. Frank Nsubuga, 6. Shahzad Kamal Ukani, 7. Dineshkumar Nakrani, 8. Ronak Patel, 9. Richard Agamire, 10. Bilal Hassun, 11. Riazat Ali Shah 12. Charles Waiswa, 13. Henry Ssenyondo 14. Frank Nsubuga.
  • Coaches: Steve Tikolo (Head Coach) and Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)
  • Team Officials: Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager), Habiba Kulsum (Physiotherapist), Richard Gideon Okia (Selector), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst) and Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager)
Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo SportsSteve Tikolo

Uganda’s Fixtures

  • 2nd December: Uganda vs. Jersey, OC Turf 1
  • 5th December: Uganda vs. Kenya, OC Turf 2
  • 6th December: Uganda vs. Bermuda, OC Turf 1
  • 9th December: Uganda vs. Italy, OC Turf 2
  • 11th December: Uganda vs. Hong Kong, OC Turf 1
 

HAMU KAYONDO MISSES OUT ON FINAL 14 TO OMAN

Since making his debut for the Cricket Cranes in 2014 Hamu Kayondo has been an integral part of the national side growing in confidence and stature from one tournament to another.

However, the Cricket Cranes will have to do without him in Oman as a broken thumb has ruled him out of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B tournament.

Kayondo suffered the broken thumb on the build-up tour of Zimbabwe when he was struck on the hand by a delivery from Richard Ngarava.

The squad of 14 will be led by Brian Masaba as they hunt for glory in the desert. The last time the Cricket Cranes visited the desert nation they finished bottom of the group at the Division 3 qualifiers.

Eleven of the fourteen selected players were part of the squad that was in Oman last year and most of them will be seeking to correct the wrongs of 2018.

Brian Masaba will be taking charge of the team in his first ICC tournament and he has enough experience to help him while on the field.

Veteran Frank Nsubuga makes the cut and he will be one of the players to watch out during the tournament. Nsubuga is one of the most respected bowlers in Associate Cricket and if he can raise his game he will win games for Uganda.

Former captain Roger Mukasa who had a decent tour in Zimbabwe is due a big celebration for the Cricket Cranes and with the captaincy burden off his back, he should be free to shine in Oman.

Ronak Patel is yet to deliver on all the promise he showed in 2018 local season scoring over 500 runs in 7 games as his form for the Cricket Cranes has been poor and he will need runs in Oman to keep the faith of the selectors.

Richard Agamire has been given a chance to shine at the tournament and he will be looking at sharing the new ball with the experienced Charles Waiswa ahead of Bilal Hassun.

The squad will leave on Friday afternoon and will face Jersey first on December 2.

The first round of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B will run from November 30 to December 13.

The Team

  1. Brian Masaba (Captain)
  2. Roger Mukasa
  3. Arnold Otwani
  4. Kenneth Waiswa
  5. Dinesh Nakrani
  6. Ronak Patel
  7. Bilal Hassun
  8. Shahzad Kamal
  9. Riazat Ali Shah
  10. Charles Waiswa
  11. Henry Ssenyondo
  12. Frank Nsubuga
  13. Richard Agamire
  14. Fred Achelam

Prepared by Denis musali

RUNS GALORE AS CHALLENGERS PUT TORNADO TO THE SWORD, KUTCHI TIGERS EDGE PAST KICC

MATCH SUMMARIES

Challengers CC 466/6 in 50 Overs | Tornado CC 61/9 in 14.5/50 Overs

Tornado CC won the toss and opted to bowl
Result: Challengers CC won by 405 runs

Batting Challengers CC: Arnold Otwani 115/108, Trevor Bukenya 80/37, Steven Wabwose 74/66, Zephania Arinaitwe 64/44, Perry Wazombe 49/31
Bowling Tornado CC: Maxwell Torach 2/72 in 9 overs
Bowling Challengers CC: Mohameed Azeem Khan 3/23 in 5 overs
Man of Match: Arnold Otwani

Kutchi Tigers 235/7 in 50 Overs | KICC 155 in 38.1/50 Overs

Kutchi Tigers won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Kutchi Tigers won by 80 runs

Batting Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 100/102, Anil Hirani 45/38
Bowling KICC: Maxwell Michael Ndiko 2/30 in 7 overs
Batting KICC: Simon Ssesaazi 32/66, Lawrence Ssempijja 24/39
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani 3/24 in 9 overs, Dhansuk Jesani 3/29 in 9.1 overs
Man of Match: Dinesh Kumar Nakrani

Tornado fell in an ambush well laid by Challengers at the small Budo Cricket Oval.

Challengers scored a season record high of 466/6 in their 50 overs just 34 runs shy of 500 runs with Arnold Otwani (115) leading the onslaught with a well-played century, his first of the season, while Trevor Bukenya (80), Zephaniah Arinaitwe (64), Steven Wabwose (74) and Perry Wazombe (49) came in handy.

It was the first time a Division 1 game was being played at Budo in over a decade and this brought about because of the unavailability of most grounds. In response Tornado never got going bundled out for 61 in under 15 overs.

In the other game, national team player Dinesh Nakrani inspired his Kutchi Tigers side to pick up a precious win against KICC.

Nakrani scored 100 off 102 balls to help Kutchi Tigers to set 235/7 in their 50 Overs. He then came back with the ball to pick up three key wickets to cap off an all-round performance.

The win more of the less guarantees Kutchi Tigers’ life in the top flight while KICC endures another barren campaign.

A lot was expected of KICC this season and they had been tipped to be one of the title challengers.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CRICKET CRANES FALL TO STRONG TAKASHINGA SELECT SIDE BY 8 WICKETS

Takashinga put together a very strong Select Side that took on the Cricket Cranes on Wednesday.

The Select Side included the newly appointed Director of Cricket for Zimbabwe Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe internationals Timcen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, and Innocent Kai.

The visitors batted first and were quickly reduced to 7/2 inside two overs with Roger Mukasa and Brian Masaba back in the dressing room. Arnold Otwani (31) and Ronak Patel (40) steadied the ship with a 60-run partnership until the former was out at 67/3.

Dinesh Nakrani (21) continued his good form on tour but it was all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah (54) who batted well with most of the tail to propel the score to 193/8 in 50 overs.

Cricket UgandaTakashinga Select

In the chase, the experienced Takashinga side gave the visitors no chance with the opening pair of Innocent Kaia (100) and Kudza Maunze (30) putting up an opening stand of 99 with the former going on to score a century but he was not there to finish the job as Joylord Gumbie (34) and Timcen Maruma (16) knocked off the deficit to give the hosts an 8 wicket win.

This was the third game for the Cricket Cranes on the Zimbabwe tour on which they have lost two games and won one.

The team will take a break tomorrow (Thursday) and will play their fourth game on Friday.

Prepared by Denis Musali

SIXTEEN-MAN CRICKET CRANES SQUAD TO TOUR ZIMBABWE NAMED

Uganda Cricket has named 16 players that will travel to Zimbabwe for a build-up tour ahead of the World Challenge League.

The tour will be used to assess the quality within the side before a final 14 will be selected for the World Challenge League due in Oman from 1-12 December.

The training squad of 12 players will form the core of the touring with four other players added. Dinesh Nakrani and Ronak Patel were added to the side with left-arm pace bowler Jonathan Ssembanja and Bilal Hassan also been given a chance to sneak into the final 14.

The team will play five ODIs against select sides in Zimbabwe, the touring party will be hosted by Takashinga Cricket Club who have a great relationship with Uganda Cricket.

Steve Tikolo and his technical team will use the trip to assess the strength of the side. Roger Mukasa has looked loose in the trial games and without the captaincy baggage, he will look in fine form. Hamu Kayondo, Arnold Otwani, and the returning Shahzad Kamal will be looking to make the most of the trip as they test themselves against quality opposition.

Richard Agamire on his first trip with the senior team has an opportunity to show what he has got to confirm his place on the final 14.

There is no official communication on who the permanent captain of the team will be but Brian Masaba will lead the side on Zimbabwe Tour.

UGANDA TOUR TO ZIMBABWE (TAKASHINGA)

3 NOVEMBER – 10 NOVEMBER 2019

DAY TIME DATE MONTH YEAR ACTIVITY VENUE
Sunday   3 November 2019 Arrive in Zimbabwe Robert Int
Monday 9.30am 4 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga U23 Takashinga
Tuesday 9.30am 5 November 2019 Uganda vs O.Hararians Old Hararians
Wednesday 9.30am 6 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Thursday   7 November 2019 Rest & Practice Takashinga
Friday 9.30am 8 November 2019 Uganda vs Zim U19 Takashinga
Saturday 9.30am 9 November 2019 Uganda vs Takashinga Takashinga
Sunday   10 November 2019 Depart Robert Int
             
             
             

PLAYERS

  1. ARNOLD OTWANI
  2. SHAZAD UKANI
  3. RIAZAT ALI SHA
  4. ROGER MUKASA
  5. CHARLES WAISWA
  6. KENNETH WAISWA
  7. BRIAN MARK MASABA
  8. HENRY SSENYONDO
  9. FRED ACHELAM
  10. RICHARD AGAMIRE
  11. BAGENDA HAMU KAYONDO
  12. FRANK NSUBUGA
  13. RONAK BHARATBHAI PATEL
  14. DINESH KUMAR MAGALAL NAKRANI
  15. JONATHAN SEBANJA
  16. BILAL HASSUN

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  1. JACKSON KAVUMA – TEAM MANAGER
  2. STEPHEN TIKOLO – HEAD COACH
  3. JACKSON OGONJI – OGWANG ASST. COACH
  4. HABIBA KULUSUMU – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
  5. ALVIN MBOIJANA BAGAYA – ANALYST

PREPARED BY: Denis Musali 

 

CWB To Visit Gulu, Lira And Masindi During Autumn Visit

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK based charity dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket. The group will be arriving in the country on the 20th of October 2019 and depart on 1st November 2019. Since 2005, CWB has partnered with Uganda Cricket Association in Teacher Coach Training and coaching of students/pupils in several districts in Uganda.

The CWB team will be visiting Masindi, Gulu, and Lira, where they will conduct training of Sports Teachers and coaching of pupils/students. The training will cover a total of 43 schools (30 primary schools and 13 secondary schools). This is CWB’s second visit this year (autumn project) with another visit to follow early next year (spring project) and emphasis will be on improving the coaching skills of the teachers, introducing many young boys and girls to the sport, supporting some schools with basic equipment, and relaying HIV/AIDS awareness messages.

Continuing the great work already accomplished in Uganda is hugely important to CWB and Uganda Cricket Association. The CWB goals are simply - being able to pass on to as many pupils/students as they can the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the amazing game of cricket, to introduce the game to so many who would not otherwise get the chance and lastly, to wrap that all up with a reinforcement and enhancement of the ever-more critical awareness of HIV/AIDS.

The CWB team comprises of the following:

  • Mark Campbell                     Project Leader
  • Lee Booth
  • Liam Simpson                          
  • Tom Munson                     
  • Nick Holroyd
  • Rob Munson
  • Lucy Holroyd
  • Sarah Evans
  • Taruna Bhagtani

 

 

Prepared by;

Denis Musali

UGANDA TO HOST WORLD CRICKET CHALLENGE LEAGUE ROUND 2 IN 2020

The ICC today announced that Uganda will be hosting the second round of the World Cricket Challenge League.

The announcement was made via an ICC media release after a meeting by the board. There were many announcements made after the meeting but the highlight for Uganda is the decision to award them the right to host the second round of the Challenge League.

The Challenge League was created last year to replace the World Cricket League (WCL) that was based on Divisions. The final WCL tournament for Uganda was in Oman where we finished at the bottom of Division 3 and this position earned us a slot in Group B of the Challenge League. Uganda is the same group alongside Jersey, Hongkong, Italy, Bermuda, and neighbours Kenya.

The 1st round of the Cricket Challenge League Group B will be held in Hong Kong this year from November 29 to December 10. The ICC is yet to make a decision on whether the tournament will be hosted in Hongkong due to unrest there.

This is the second time Uganda will be hosting a major ICC event after the successful WCL in 2017.

The relatively low cost of hosting events makes Uganda a destination for major events. The local events have also helped Uganda raise the profile of the game while they promote the event.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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