CRICKET CRANES HEAD TO QATAR AND INDIA FOR BUILD-UP GAMES

In preparation for a busy 2020 international season, the Cricket Cranes will tour Qatar and India for the next 20 days.

The team will move in two batches with the 1st batch of 14 players leaving on 9th Feb and will spend six days in Qatar before the next batch of players joins them on the India league of the tour.

Deus Muhumuza who had taken some time of the national team is back into the side and will be on both the Qatar and India trips while Saud Islam will also make his debut for the Cricket Cranes.

Saud Islam who has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the league for the past seasons will need to replicate the same form on the international scene if he is to force his way into the main team.

Brian Masaba will captain the side on both legs of the tour and he will be assisted by Arnold Otwani. Davis Turinawe continues in the interim head coach role before a permanent appointment is made.

Youngsters Jonathan Kiiza, Calvin Watuwa, Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru will get their first chance in a cricket cranes jersey on the India leg of the tour and they will be seeking to make an impression on the interim boss in they are get considered as part of the Cricket Cranes in the long term.

The team will play 3 T20 international games in Qatar and 2 ODIs. The T20 games have significance as they are categorized as international games and therefore there are ranking points at stake for both sides. They will play then play two 40-over games in Mumbai before settling into their Indian base at the Sanjay Farm in Chikhli where they will play four more games.

TEAM TO QATAR: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Charles Waiswa 5. Kenneth Waiswa 6. Saud Islam 7. Henry Ssenyondo 8. Fred Achelam 9. Frank Nsubuga 10. Richard Agamire 11. Deus Muhumuza 12. Trevor Bukenya 13. Zephaniah Arinaitwe 14. Frank Akankwasa.

TEAM TO INDIA: 1. Brian Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Zephania Arinaitwe 5. Charles Waiswa 6. Kenneth Waiswa 7. Richard Agamire 8. Trevor Bukenya 9. Frank Akankwasa 10. Rogers Olipa 11. Steven Wabwose 12. Robinson Obuya 13. Cyrus Kakuru 14. Gerald Mubiru 15. Calvin Watuwa 16. Jonathan Kizza.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

ROTARIANS GET INTRODUCED TO CRICKET BY THE CRICKET CRANES

In a bid to make the game more popular, the Uganda Cricket Association in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala South introduced the game to its members.

Only a few members of the club had ever interacted with the game with the majority getting a feel of bat and ball for the first time.

However, despite being still being dressed in their formal work clothes the members showed enthusiasm especially when it came to the practice games. The ladies were more interested in bowling while the gentlemen picked up the bats to smack the ball.

he eager students were taken through the basics of the game by the Cricket Cranes interim coach Davis Turinawe before being divided into four groups that played four over games amongst themselves.

The evening was also an induction for Cricket Cranes players Deus Muhumuza and Charles Waiswa who were formally welcomed into the Rotary Club of Kampala South.

The eventful evening was ended with a Uganda Cricket giving two national team jerseys to the incoming Club President Jennifer Carolyn Byokusheka and Club President Peter Mukuru whose jersey was received by Vice President Charles Odaga by the CEO of Uganda Cricket Martin Ondeko.

These partnerships are important for the growth of the game as more people get introduced to the gentleman’s game.

By; Denis Musali

 

UGANDA TO HOST TANZANIA U19 GIRLS FOR BILATERAL SERIES

Uganda will host Tanzania for a bilateral series from January 13-17 for a series of games.

Tanzania who had already made plans to be in Uganda for the cancelled Africa U19 girls championship last year in December chose to use take the same resources to compete against Uganda.

The two sides will use the series to expose their players to International cricket as they prepare for the 1st edition of the U19 girls World Cup scheduled for 2021.

Tanzania arrived in the country on Friday night and is accommodated at Nob View Hotel.

Team Captain Hudaa Morisho at the press conference said: “We are glad to get this opportunity to represent Tanzania and even though this is our 1st time in Uganda, we are determined to go back home as winners.”

Uganda U19 side which is the stronger of the two Ugandan sides will be captained by Esther Iluko from Olila High School while Maria Nyende Kagoya is the captain of the U19 select side.

Ivan Kakande is the head coach for the Uganda U19 side and will be assisted by Naomi Kayondo while Yusuf Nanga is the coach of the Uganda U19 select side.

Naomi Kayondo

All games will be played on the exciting T20 format and they will all be played at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

Action will start on Monday with the two Uganda battling each other.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

OTWANI, NAKRANI SPUR CRICKET CRANES TO SIX-WICKET WIN OVER HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong 147 Waqas Barkat (26) Aizaz Khan (24)
  • Uganda 150/4 (36.2/50 ov, target 148) Arnold Otwani (66) and Dinesh Nakrani (57)
  • Uganda won by 6 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)

Uganda has completed the first phase of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B with a perfect record in Oman.

The Cricket Cranes won their fifth straight game at Al Amerat on Wednesday thanks largely to Arnold Otwani. The wicketkeeper and stand-in skipper in the absence of Brian Masaba took four catches and scored a patient half-century to guide the Cricket Cranes to a six-wicket win over pre-tournament favourites Hong Kong.

Otwani won the toss and put Hong Kong to the bat. Richard Agamiire, playing his first tournament for the Cricket Cranes, was again trusted with the bowling duties and impressed immensely during his ten-over spell.

Cricket UgandaRichard Agamiire impressed with the ball again

Agamiire 2/26 along with Bilal Hassun 3/33 never let Hong Kong get going despite the first wicket falling in the ninth over. Hong Kong just had 24 runs on board and no player put up more than 27 runs on board.

Hong Kong was reduced to 102/7 with the introduction of Henry Senyondo and Frank Nsubuga in the bowling attack and eventually bundled out for 147.

The chase did not start off well for Cricket Cranes as struggling Roger Mukasa fell for just 7 runs with the sixth ball. Shazad Kamal and Ronak Patel followed shortly leaving Uganda reeling at 29/3 after 11 overs.

Kenneth Waiswa was gone before he could settle at the crease and Cricket Cranes looked like were in a place of bother.

Cricket UgandaArnold Otwani was named player of the match

However, a patient knock from Arnold Otwani 66(112) and Dinesh Nakrani 57(66) helped Uganda seal a six-wicket win with 82 balls to spare.

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

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