Olila High School breaks season duck with Sixes Challenge triumph

Olila High School overcame a series of heartbreaks to win the last silverware - the Afri Power Engineering Women’s Sixes Challenge on Saturday.
Lugogo Cricket Oval was busy thoughout the day as eight sides battled for the final trophy on offer of the season. 
Now Olila High School came here nursing wounds after losing the Jazz Safari National Women’s League last weekend. 
It was the same script a few months ago when Damani as well beat Olila to win the Mehta Twenty20 League final.
On Saturday under terrible light, Olila finally quenched their thirst after beating KICC in a bowl-to-stumps final at thick dusk.
With the clock reading 6:53pm, the sun was completely in bed, lights around Lugogo on and match referee Patrick Makumbi advised a final of that caliber rather than a Super Over final.
To save time earlier, semifinals where KICC and Olila beat Damani A and B by six wickets and 31 runs respectively had been three-over contests. 
In the final, it is 16-year-old Proscovia Alako who bowled to the stumps on the fifth and final ball for Olila to win in an odd final. 
“Its a great feeling knowing how close we came to winning the two titles,” Olila’s manager Felix Musana stated. 
“The girls have been outstanding and its nice for them to win a trophy for their efforts during the year.”
But the manner of the final left some pondering. “Given the time left it was not possible to have both innings and the rules had that option in deciding a winner,” Musana added.
“May be the Super Over could have done but well,” a KICC player offered. 
This was the first Sixes tournament for ladies since 2016. Interestingly, that year’s final was pushed due to bad light.

By Darren Allan Kyeyune

KICC, Tornado B triumph

 Joint-log leaders Tornado B and Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) enriched their National Women’s 40-Over League title hopes with easy victories on Saturday.
First, Tornado B were spurred by an incredible eight-wicket haul from Racheal Ntono and later Immaculate Nakisuuyi’s 41-ball 29 as they chased down a target of 77 runs inside 11.5 overs to beat holders Wanderers by six wickets at Kyambogo Oval.

“It’s a good result to take home as we keep pace with KICC,” Tornado B coach Jackson Ogwang said after his side moved to 54 points.
The Sixes Challenge champions are on-level with star-studded KICC who followed suit by claiming their eighth straight victory after defeating 2012 champions Charity Trust Fund by 102 runs at the Budo Oval.

“This (winning streak) may appear easy on paper but it isn’t,” said KICC skipper Gertrude Chandiru. “Having vast match winners has really helped us keep up there.”
When KICC’s top-order failed to spark in midst of Joselyn Nakato (3/23) and Daphine Atwogeire (2/43), KICC sought refuge in Consy Aweko.
The former Pioneer player earned her best innings of 2015 in an unbeaten half-century of 60 runs off 68 balls. And together with Veronica Nakadama’s 26 off 39, KICC set 197 in 35.5 overs.

The Sudhir Ruparelia-funded outfit KICC found trouble in stopping Charity skipper Daphine Mukasa (51* off 48) but Chandiru (4/13) and Gloria Adubu (3/11) ended their chase on the first delivery of the 30th over.
Defeat for Charity (29) means reigning Mehta Twenty20 champions Jinja SS (31) moved to fourth place, thanks to brilliant knocks from Ritah Musamali (47 off 45) and Dinah Adong (39 off 73) while seeing off weeping girls Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC).

Women’s 40-Over League
Wanderers 76/10 Tornado 77/4
(Tornado B won by six wickets)
KICC 197/10 Charity TF 95/10
(KICC won 102 runs)
Jinja SS 195/5 JACC 51/10.

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Tornado B, Pioneer triumph in low scoring contests

Any prayers from opponents and neutrals that Tornado B ladies lose their first match in 2015 are not about to be answered.

Devoid of skipper Mackenzie Ayato who lost her mother a week ago, the ladies in green stripe beat Jinja SS by ten wickets at the University Oval in Kyambogo Oval on Saturday.

Tornado B remains unbeaten in four National Women’s 40-Over League matches but the club is even yet to register a single loss overall since winning the Sixes Challenge title on May 9.

“It’s eight matches without defeat and still counting,” Tornado B coach Jackson Ogwang told Daily Monitor. “The girls were ruthless with the ball and my prayer is that we keep this consistency for as long as we can.”

The 2014 Twenty20 Premier League champions Jinja opted to bat first but couldn’t pay back for defeat in this year’s Sixes Challenge final. 
“My girls didn’t show any fighting spirit,” dejected coach Habibu Mugalula said.

“And besides, morale was gone once we lost wickets early.”
First, Racheal Ntono (2/18) and Rashida ‘German Juice’ Kalsum (1/9) struck early to leave Jinja whirling at 37-4 in 12.4 overs.

Only Jinja SS captain Claire Mushakamba managed double figures (12 off 33) as her side crumbled from 50-5 to 62 all out at the mercy of Ritah Nyangendo and Hope Wanichan (3/7 each).

Tornado B’s opening pair Saidat Kemigisha (29* off 29) and Kalsum (27* off 37) played like twins and only need 10.4 overs to seal the job in somewhat incredible manner.
Still on rather low scoring day, Pricco Nakitende was all over Charity Trust Fund’s batters with 4/7 and two maidens in a fine 25-ball spell that helped her side Pioneer win by ten wickets at Lugogo.

To add to Nakitende’s quality, skipper Justine Musubika (2/5) potency sliced through Charity’s batting order as well only to crumble like a pack of cards for meager 31 all out.
Then Pioneer’s Lelia Namaganda (2* off 15) brilliantly rotated the strike for fellow partner Carol Namugenyi (21* off 18) to put her side over the line mid-way the sixth over.

Women’s 40-over league

Charity TF 31/10 Pioneer 32/0
(Pioneer won by ten wickets)
Jinja SS 62/10 Tornado B 63/0
(Tornado B won by ten wickets)

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