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Kenya Fall to Hosts UAE

Kenya Gear Up for T20 Cup in UAE


Kenya Turns Attention to WCQ

Ugandans Blush over UAE cup 'Defeat'

By ‘Topspinner’

Uganda’s cricket establishment will have been peeved that it was Kenya who came home with the ‘beef’ from the inaugural International Women’s T20 Cup in Sharjah early this week.

Kenya knocked out Uganda by the narrowest of margins (76/9; 77/9) before going on to defeat hosts UAE by five wickets (65; 69/5), while Uganda had to settle for third place with a 22-run win over Kuwait (101/5; 79).

Ugandans will be able to point to the non-appearance of Zimbabwe which weakened their group, so they played only Oman (126/7; 39) and Kuwait, whom they beat also at the group stage (138/6; 89), while Kenya went down to UAE. A match against Zimbabwe would have been good preparation for the semi-final meeting with their East African neighbours.

That said, Uganda failed when they needed to pile on the pressure. Having posted 76/9, a barely adequate score, they had Kenya on the rack on 28/5 and 53/8 before letting them off the hook. Kenya’s ninth wicket pair put on 23 to bring them level and the last couple negotiated the one run needed for victory with four balls to spare.

Such is the rivalry between Kenya and Uganda camps – despite both having Kenyan coaches – that this will be seen as a slap in the face for Uganda’s women, who had got used to beating the Kenyans.

Nonetheless the tournament – like the recent men’s ‘home’ series in Nairobi between Kenya, Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – shows a renaissance of East Africa in the world of international cricket. The other participants were Malaysia and Qatar.

This was the first voyage away from the African continent for both the Kenyan and Ugandan women’s teams, and it should be anticipated that it will not be the last edition of the UAE tournament.

“Cricket is the winner,” said various commentators after the victorious Kenyan team landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, early on Wednesday morning, to be feted with a celebratory lunch arranged by Cricket Kenya (CK) chairperson Jackie Janmohamed.

Meanwhile the Ugandans will have to go back to the drawing board - to make sure they win next time.

Colin Macbeth

It's a 'Mary' Christmas for Kenyans...

(Team Kenya gets its revenge - and the Cup)

by 'Topspinner'

Kenya's women cricketers gave Cricket Kenya (CK) a timely Christmas present when they defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) by five wickets in the final of the inaugural UAE International Women's T20 Cup in Sharjah on Monday.

Their efforts were a far cry from the 11-run defeat they suffered at the hands of the same opponents in their group stage match - and the Kenya men's two-wicket defeat by UAE in the final of the ICC Trophy in Nairobi in 1994.

Mary Wambui took 4-10 as UAE struggled to 66 all out in 17.4 overs. And it was the same Mary (18) with Queenter Aoko (19) who saw Kenya halfway to their target with a 33-run first wicket stand.

There were lesser contributions down the order as the East Africans saw their way to the 66 runs needed without any panic, finishing on 69/5 in 16 overs.

In the match for third place, Uganda with 101/5 (20 overs) defeated Kuwait, 79 all out, by 22 runs.

Happy Christmas!

NB. There is a very good piece by Richard Mwangi in today's (Tues) Daily Nation in which he recounts the 1994 ICC Trophy final, though he says that 'second placed' Netherlands qualified for the 1996 World Cup; indeed they did, but as the third placed team. Kenya were second and qualified, notably defeating West Indies (Lara et al) at Pune in that 1996 World Cup.

Daisy's Girls Scrape Home

Daisy’s girls scrape home as Ugandans take foot off the pedal

Captain Daisy Wairimu’s Kenya girls took things to the wire in beating Uganda in their T20 International Cup semi-final in Sharjah yesterday (Sun) to win a place in the final against UAE today (Mon).

Uganda were motoring on 48/5 but accrued only 76/9 in 20 overs. By contrast, Kenya were struggling on 53/8 but made it to 77/9 (19.2) to win by one wicket with four balls to spare despite five run outs.

It was a rare triumph for Kenya over their East African neighbours and one that will provide them with momentum for the final.

Cricket Kenya (CK) chairman Jackie Janmohamed has put up $500 for the team and $100 for the outstanding Kenyan performer in the UAE-based competition, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

Semi-final results: Uganda 76/9, Kenya 77/9 (19.2); UAE 113/8, Kuwait 89 (19.4).

Newspaper Article

Kenya Brought Down to Earth

After easy wins over Qatar and Oman respectively, Kenya and Uganda were set to come up against tougher opposition when they were scheduled to meet United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Zimbabwe in the UAE Women’s International T20 Cup competition in Sharjah this week.

Kenya (133) easily overcame Qatar (61), and Uganda (126/7) made mincemeat of Oman (39) in the two East African countries’ initial fixtures on Wednesday; but then Kenya (105) went down to hosts UAE (111/6) the next day, while Uganda had a walkover as Zimbabwe failed to show up.

Friday was a rest day. The competition resumes tomorrow (Sat) through to Monday.

Other participating teams are Kuwait and Malaysia, in what the UAE organisers hope will become a regular contest featuring women players from Asia, the Middle East and Africa – albeit, in the East African teams’ case, with male coaches…

Kenya 133; Qatar 61 (18)

Corrected score: UAE 116/5 (20); Kenya 105.

Uganda 128/7; Oman 39

A-level Candiru steals show for Bee
[July 2016]

By ‘Topspinner'

It was the Gertrude Candiru show at the lakeside Entebbe Oval on Saturday (July 16) when Tornado Bee stung Uganda Charity Trust Fund (UCTF) by 157 runs in the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) Women National League.

Not content with an innings-defining 56 not out – and an unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 73 with Ritah Nyangendo – Candiru went on to bag six wickets for 13 runs.

Bee’s total of 249/6 (50 overs) was too much for Charity to pursue, and though openers Jocelyn Nakato and Esther Ngabire scored 30 without loss, they took 11 overs to do it – and the game was already up for them before the wickets began to tumble.

At the 19-over water break they were 74/5, all five wickets falling to Candiru slow medium stuff. Her colleagues were already calling “It’s your day” from the beautiful Entebbe pavilion even when she was batting; and indeed it was her day!

Thebfirst ball after the break saw another wicket – to Nyangendo – and it was just a matter of time before Bee won; and they did so by a huge margin, 157 runs, Candiru capturing one more wicket. Afterwards golden girl Candiru said: “I feel very, very good.”

Tornado Bee 249/6 (Gertrude Candiru 56*, Saidat Kemugisha 45, Ritah Nyangendo 25 not out, Martha Akello 3-47); Charity 92 all out (Jocelyn Nakato 21, Gertrude Candiru 6-13, Naome Kayondo 3-15).

*Candiru’s 56 not out was exceeded, by one run, by extras which totalled 57. Charity bowled 50 wides – an average of one an over, but did not field badly!


UCA Women’s 40 Over League 2015
[May 2015]

The UCA Women’s 40 Over League is back. After a successful completion of the UCA Women’s Sixes Challenge where newly established Tornado B CC won the event clinching Jinja SS at the Finals, teams are all geared up for the 40 Over league. Eight teams namely; Charity TF CC, Tornado B CC, KICC, Jinja SS CC, JACC, Pioneer CC, Ndejje-Premier CC and Wanderers CC have so far confirmed participation in the tournament. Action will be on three grounds; Jinja, Kyambogo and Lugogo oval for this weekend.

Tornado B CC winners of the UCA Sixes Challenge 2015
 as they received their winners trophy on Saturday at Lugogo Oval.

Kololo SS ends Jinja’s Girls Cricket Week run
[April 2015]

Kololo Secondary School beat defending champions Jinja SS by seven wickets to end the latter’s three-year dominance as they won their maiden Pepsi Girls Schools Cricket Week title at Lugogo Oval on Tuesday.

Having lost out in the previous two finals to the same opposition, the Jackson Ogwang-tutored Kololo paid back faith in front of a partisan crowd with a scintillating display.

“After losing in the previous two finals, I knew things would be different this year,” ICC level two coach Ogwang told Daily Monitor as he held back his emotions. “Whatever you are seeing now is a result of three months of hard work.”

With six new kids on the block including Kalsum Rashidah, Ogwang is keen to watch his girls defend the title next year. “The new faces in our side will be even more experienced next year. And the fact that they can easily access Lugogo, we will be able to fill Patricia Munguryek’s void (senior six finalist) as we seek to defend our title,” he said.

However, Jinja coach Habibu Mugalula opined otherwise. “I wouldn’t say we were beaten. Our mistakes cost us the trophy. I know we shall be victors again next year,” he said.

Having defeated a greatly improved Kyebambe Girls’ side in the morning semi-final, Mugalula’s side relied on tournament most valued player Damalie Busingye (36* off 51 balls) and Claire Mushakamba (23 off 34) to set 92 for 3 in 20 overs.

The score would have been far from Kololo’s reach, but sequential fumbling in the field put paid to Jinja’s chances. As Jinja continued to miss out on taking catches (seven) and run-outs (five), Kololo skipper Saidat Kemigisha, also the tournament’s best batter, led by example with a steady knock of 26 off 41 balls.

And when Kololo needed 15 off 18, Munguryek, who was featuring in her last schools tournament, signed out on a high with a breezy 15-ball 14 including two boundaries that sealed a memorable victory with eight balls to spare.

Final result

Jinja SS 92/3 Kololo SS 93/3

Player of Series: Damalie Busingye (Jinja SS) 153 runs; Best Batter: Saidat Kemigisha (Kololo SS) 217 runs in seven innings; Best Bowler: Evelyn Anyipo (Olila HS) 14 wickets; Best Fielder: Aisha Kyeru (St. James SS) nine dismissals; Best Wicket-keeper: Rebecca Mpumwire (Kyebambe) four dismissals.

Ugandan girls make it three in a row

By Topspinner

Uganda’s U-19 girls' cricket team floated back into Kampala on Cloud Nine after winning the Africa Cricket Association (ACA) girls’ tournament, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the third year in a row.

Close neighbours Kenya proved the toughest obstacle, but the Ugandan girls proved they had the spirit to overcome them.

It was not yet clear whether the Ugandans would be keeping the trophy, played for annually; but for certain the vuvuzelas were searing and the crowds cheering as they made their entry back into Kampala.

The other participating teams were Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Uganda have really turned this local competition into their own fiefdom; now it is up to their seniors to emulate them in the Africa Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at Willowmore Park, Benoni, near Johannesburg, South Africa, next week (Dec 14-16).

Uganda dismiss Kenya to retain U-19 title

Uganda take U19 title

Team Uganda defeated neighbours Kenya by 50 runs in a decisive match to clinch their record third ICC Africa U-19 Girls’ Twenty20 title in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The two sides completed the round-robin tournament all square with eight points but coach Yusuf Nanga’s Ugandan girls had a better net run rate (NRR) of +1.39 to successfully add to their 2012 and 2013 titles. Kenya finished with a NRR of +1.05.

After Ugandan skipper Janet Mbabazi was asked to bat first, the defending champions were shell-shocked by Kenya's bowlers as the scoreboard read 27-5 after the first half of the innings at the Gymkhana Oval. But Damalie Busingye’s unbeaten knock of 24 off 43 balls and Patricia Munguryek’s quick 11 off 10 silenced Emily Akinyi (3/14) and restored confidence as Uganda went on to set a competitive 72 for 8.

If Kenya felt the total was reachable, Uganda’s bowling arsenal had different ideas. By the end of the fourth over, Kenya were already reeling at 7-4. And they were consequently bowled out for a paltry 22 runs midway through the 13th over as bowlers Jane Baluka (4/4), Patricia Malemikia (3/6) and Racheal Ntono (2/3) returned parsimonious figures before wheeling away in jubilation.

Such a feat is what their senior counterparts – the lady Cricket Cranes – will have to match when they take part in the ICC Africa Senior Ladies’ Twenty20 tournament in South Africa (Dec 14-16).

“The U-19 girls have been so impressive. That chain of success must continue from the youngsters to the top,” coach Frank Nsubuga told Uganda's Daily Monitor. Nsubuga travelled to South Africa with only 10 players but they will be joined by four from the winning U-19 feeder side: Mbabazi, Ntono, Busingye and Saidat Kemigisha. Uganda will face Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania in the battle for the sole ticket to the 2016 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.


Uganda select Training Squad

Uganda Cricket Association is pleased to announce the U19 Girls training Squad has been reduced to 18 Players, to prepare for the Africa Cricket Association Girls U19 Trophy, scheduled to take place from 6th - 9th December in Tanzania ( Dar es Salaam).

The Squad will be under residential training which starts on 27th November 2014 to 4th December where the final team of 14 players who will represent Uganda will be selected.





Uganda Matches moved after Terrorist Threat

By Colin Macbeth

Not content with flushing their male counterparts out of Kampala, Al-Shabaab operatives have, de facto, now targeted Uganda’s women cricketers.

The Africa Women World Cup qualifiers had been slated to take place in Kampala and Entebbe in mid-December – until now.

Now they will be taking place at Willowmore Park, Benoni, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, from December 14-16, where facilities can be guaranteed to be more secure.

This is great shame for Uganda and has punched another hole in their home international cricket schedule.

In 2011, by contrast, barely a year after Al-Shabaab terrorists struck FIFA World Cup final spectators at Kyadondo rugby ground and at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala (July 11, 2010), Uganda’s men were cheerily defeating Namibia in a T20 competition (July 2011), and a few months later (December) the Ugandan women ran out winners in that year’s Africa T20 women’s championships, staged in Uganda.

Now all has gone south – and with it the home advantage that would have been to Uganda’s benefit.

Ruto's Family Mourn her Death    :    Charity Retain Title

Kenya stun Tanzania as South Africa dismiss Tanzania

Girls hit Namibs

Kebba, Kyobe win big at cricket awards

By Charles Mutebi

Success and Uganda cricket shared the same platform for a change on Thursday evening.

Uganda Olympic Committee chief William Blick hands over a trophy to Kevin Apio,
captain of Wanderers, the best women’s team for the year 2013.

Thanks to the UCA awards, held at the MTN Arena to celebrate the best of the 2013 season, local cricket finally ended a spell of consistent bad news that has run for nearly two months. Still, there was a touch of irony in the destiny of the ceremony’s two biggest awards. Nicholas Kebba was named player-of-series for the 2013 Multiple Industries Cricket League Division 1 after his eye-catching exploits helped Tornado B win their maiden national title.

Kebba beat Arthur Kyobe to the prestigious award but the Tornado opener won the next big thing —best batsman. Kyobe amassed a league-best 461 runs, a whole 102 runs ahead of second place, who happened to be Kebba.

Apart from dominating the night, Kyobe and Kebba (who also claimed best wicketkeeper award with a league-best 22 dismissals), had one other critical thing in common. Neither was part of Uganda’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

The reasons for their absence were different - Kyobe was controversially dropped from the team for disciplinary reasons while Kebba has never really been considered due to his hectic work schedule as a full-time lawyer. Nevertheless, no one wants to see the best players in the league failing to make the national team. After all, of what purpose is the national league if not to groom players for international cricket?

“For the past six years, if you look at the top batsmen in the league, many of them have not been part of the national team,” explained Kebba.

The amateur nature of the local league cricket occasionally leaves the selectors’ hands tied because on the one hand, they want to call up the best players in the league but on the other, they want to have players who can commit to national team training sessions. But for players with rewarding jobs in corporate Uganda, giving them up to chase a cricket career with small to no financial benefits is not an option.

“I have been called up for national team trials on various occasions,” revealed Kebba. “But I have been forced to pull out because of school and work commitments.” Kebba explained that he would have loved to be part of the national team during last year but, he added, “I would have only been available on my terms ”

Kebba attributed his performances last season to the wisdom of old age that is more valuable in cricket than many other sports. “The game becomes easier as you age,” he said. “I am elated for winning these awards. I have come close a number of times and winning player-of-series is a goal I have always had so I thank my team-mates for helping me achieve it.”

Thirteen other cricketers from the major three leagues also received trophies. Challengers’ Uganda international tennis and cricket player Daniel Ruyange claimed Multiple Industries Cricket League Division 2 player-of-series, while Damalie Busingye took the corresponding award in the women’s national league.

Women cricketers finish second at Africa T20 event

By Darren Allen Kyenune

Due to the presence of giants South Africa, a top finish was never on for Team Uganda at the ICC Africa Senior Women’s Twenty20 Championships in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The South Africans finished on top of the pile with an unbeaten record. But Uganda return home this morning (Tues) as winners after they defeated home side Tanzania by 15 runs in the second-place decider yesterday afternoon.

Having elected to bat at the University of Dar es Salaam Oval, coach Davis Turinawe’s charges set 69 for the loss of eight wickets. At 7.1 overs, the side had been 15 for 3 but Kevin Apio anchored the innings with a 52-ball 21 to ensure the bowlers had a competitive score to bowl at.

The trio of Carol Namugenyi, Franklyn Najjumba and Prico Nakitende snared a wicket apiece for a total of 12 runs as Tanzania’s batters struggled to match the required rate. At the end of 20 overs, Tanzania were stranded at 54-6. Justin Musubiika (1/13) took the match award.

ICC World Cup Qualifiers Review

Colin Macbeth

ALL three African teams in the ICC World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand next month – Kenya, Namibia and Uganda – are in the same group, ‘B’, hence will be playing each other for a place in the 2015 finals. Their other group opponents are Netherlands, who go in to bat as favourites, and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

With such a grouping, and only one place at stake, the rivalry will be intense, not just for the World Cup place but also for the pecking order in Africa. In the recent T20 World Cup qualifiers, Namibia (10th) pipped Kenya (11th), while Uganda lagged two places behind in 13th spot.

None, however, qualified. So, rivalry or not, they will each have to aim to do a lot better down in the land of the kiwis in their rival bids to make Africa proud.

Uganda, in particular, will want to edge out arch-rivals Namibia, with whom they have had a tense see-saw relationship over the years, and neighbours Kenya too - as the Ugandans seek to build on their clubs’ successes at the expense of Kenyan sides in this year’s (2013) East Africa Cup, a 50-overs a side contest – as will be the case in New Zealand.

Kenya appeared to have dug themselves out of their ‘black hole’ in the early stages of last month’s (Nov) T20s in UAE, but then fell away badly, though they defeated Namibia in the warm-ups – while Uganda lost to the ‘kaburu’ in the competition proper.

It will be a sorry state if Africa is represented only by South Africa and Zimbabwe when the World Cup 2015 competition, in Australia and New Zealand, actually comes round: until now Kenya have been ever present, with Namibia, and to a lesser degree Uganda, knocking at the door.

The proof of the pudding will, of course, be in the eating, though neutrals must hope the Africans will have learned sufficient from their generally disastrous T20 exploits last month (Nov) to bounce back to show what they really can do.

Group ‘A’: Scotland, UAE, Canada, Hong Kong, Nepal.

Group ‘B’: Netherlands, Kenya, Namibia, PNG, Uganda.

Africa Junior Championships

By Dun Okinyo and Colin Macbeth

Scorecards & Updates

KENYA Under 19 girls' cricket side will travel to Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, on Friday with high hopes of winning the Africa junior ladies championships for the first time in five years.

The team last year finished fourth behind Uganda, Botswana and Tanzania in Kampala, and manager Dun Okinyo says they are hoping this time to come up with a side that will see Kenya end the jinx. "We hope to come up with a strong side that will make us win the event," Okinyo said.

The team has been training at the Ruaraka Sports Club ahead of the event that will involve six teams from the continent. The teams are Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda and Mozambique. The event is set for December 7-9.

Okinyo added: “The preparation has gone well and we've got a lot of experience in the squad."

Players likely to make the team include Quinta Aoko, Daisy Wairimu, Jane Achieng and Faith Mwende, all four of whom have played for the senior team in the past.

Aoko and Wairimu have been voted the best players in a previous continental event while Achieng was the best batter last year.

The team has been playing warm up with the Nairobi U15 XI at Ruaraka to help the coaches gauge the players ahead of selection of the final squad.

Meanwhile Uganda's team will be travelling to Dar on Friday for the tournament. Uganda, the defending champions, will be flagged off on Thursday (December 4) at the National Council of Sports Headquarters, Lugogo, Kampala at 10am. The squad will be announced tonight (Tues). It is coached by Grace Mutyagaba and managed by Trudy Namulondo.

The senior Uganda women's team will enter camp on Friday in preparation for the ACA senior women's tournament in Windhoek. The camp will run up to December 12. Eighteen players will be hosted at the National Council of Sports Hostel for the duration of the camp, from which 14 will be selected for the Namibia contest.

Both senior women's and men's teams will take part in trial games this weekend with the women travelling to Entebbe and the men at play at Kyambogo Oval, Kampala.



1. Damalie Busingye (Jinja SS) Vice Captain
2. Patricia Busingye (Jinja SS)
3. Janet Mbabazi (Jinja SS) (Captain)
4. Pricco Nakitende (Jinja SS)
5. Rachael Ntono (Jinja SS)
6. Saidat Kemigisha (Kololo SS)
7. Immaculate Nakisuyi (Jinja SS)
8. Irene Katusiime (Gayaza HS)
9. Barbara Nabirye (Jinja SS)
10.Jane Baluka (East Kololo PS)
11.Kevin Awino (Jinja SS)
12.Sadique Shakira (Kololo SS)
13.Patricia Munguryek (Kololo ss)
4. Mary Nalule (Kololo SS)

Team Manager: Gertrude Namulondo

Tanzania to open up against Botswana   :   Tanzania Team   :   Best facilities needed for ACA

Sam's girls grab Uganda League Title

One-time EA World Cup star Sam Walusimbi's ladies stormed to the Uganda women's league title as the 2013 season's fixtures ended on Saturday (Aug 3) with so-far winless Tornado drubbing Hopetoun Rangers on the shores of Lake Victoria at Jinja.

Sam's girls, bereft of the title for many years, outpointed 2012 title holders Charity Trust Fund CC to seize the prize.

Former title holders themselves, Tornado were in a pickle ahead of the journey across the Nile to Jinja, fearing they might be saddled with the wooden spoon. But captain Franklyn Najjumba (20) came good with the bat assisted by 'Queen of the Vuvuzela' Gloria Adubu (16) in a total of 43 for 9, after co-queen off-spinner Concy Aweko had bagged 3-10 to leave the Justine Musubika-led Hopetoun lasses on the ropes at 39 all out.

"We were mighty happy with that win after a difficult season," said Najjumba, one of the stars of the national women's squad and women's devlopment officer for the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).

But now it is Sam and his enfants terribles who will be basking in the reflected glory as they seek to hang on to their title when the 2014 season comes round.

Charity back to winning ways

Champions Charity returned to winning ways when the Uganda national women's cricket league resumed in Kampala on Saturday (June 15).

After a previous upset against Wanderers, the Trust Fund side pulled out the stops to beat as yet winless Tornado, former national captain Barbara Mukankusi (32) and club captain Skove Akello (25) leading the way after being put in by Tornado captain Franklyn Najjumba.

It was a good day for present national captain Naome Kayondo too, as she scored 36 for Wanderers against Jinja (JACC). Wicketkeeper Mary Nanderenga (87) was also in fine form with the bat while young Janet Mbabazi went through the Jinja batting with six for 10.

Lugogo Cricket Oval

Charity Trust Funnd CC 127/9 beat Tornado CC 93/10 by 34 runs

Charity batting: Barbara Mukankusi 32, Scovia Akello 25

Tornado bowling: Gloria Adubu 3/21, Consy Aweko 2/15

Tornado batting: Pricco Nakitende 18, Franklyn Najjumba 14

Charity bowling: Rita Nyangendo 2/13, Carol Namugenyi 2/22

Kyambogo Cricket Oval

Wanderers CC 172 beat Jinja Association CC 61 by 111 runs

Toss won by Wanderers CC who opted to bat.

Wanderers batting: Mary Nanderenga 87, Naome Kayondo 36.

JACC Bowling: Rachael Ntono 4/29, Barbara Nabirye 4/42

JACC Batting: Damalie Busingye 13, Patricia Busingye 12.

Wanderers Bowling: Janet Mbabazi 6/10

Uganda demolished by South Africa

Reports by Colin Macbeth

ICC Pepsi 2013 Africa T20 title

There was symmetry in Kenya’s and Uganda’s battle for the ICC Pepsi 2013 Africa T20 title, in which Kenya eventually triumphed in Kampala (Mar 1).

Uganda won seven games and then lost one; Kenya lost one and then won seven. And each side’s loss was against the other, both having two victories apiece over Tanzania, Botswana and Nigeria.

Kenya came out with a better run rate and so, with victory on the last day of the contest over Uganda at their Lugogo Oval home, took the crown away from the hosts, who’d won the continent’s inaugural T20 contest there in July 2011.

Uganda beat the Kenyans by 30 runs in the first fixture, at Kyambogo Oval, but were brought to earth after Kenya posted 156/5 (Alex Obanda 64, ex-Warwickshire man Collins Obuya 40) at Lugogo.

The Ugandans, in dire trouble on 107/9, were out for 137, former Sussex player Ragheb Aga grabbing the winning wicket after Uganda’s last pair Brian Masaba, a former Under-19s skipper, and left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo put on 30, falling 20 short of victory (James Ngoche 3-18, Obuya 2-19).

Uganda Cricket Association is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Cricket Without Boundaries, a UK charity, to deliver coaching projects in six districts. Two separate volunteer teams are due to arrive in Uganda to deliver the projects. Through the project CWB trains teachers and coach’s cricket to school children whilst delivering messages about the prevention of HIV and AIDS.

The first team arrived in Kampala on the 17th February and will be delivering projects in Ndejje, Jinja and Masaka over a two week period. The team is being led by Gavin Reynolds alongside seven volunteer coaches from all over the UK.

The second team will arrive in Kampala on the 21st February and will be delivering projects in Tororo, Mbale and Iganga over a two week period. This project is led by Jamie Burton alongside seven volunteer will be joined by young coaches from Uganda, Juma Gabula and Ephraim Batambuze, while the second team will be joined by Flavia Laker, captain of Uganda women's champions Charity Trust Fund CC, and Ronald Wakamara, who will work closely with the volunteers and pick a leaf on how things are done out there.

[Holly Colvin]

The second project has been strengthened by the news that England Ladies star Holly Colvin will be joining the trip. Holly, fresh from competing in the Women’s ICC World Cup in India, has been recently announced as CWB’s new UK Ambassador and she is playing a vital role in increasing awareness of the charity both in the UK and beyond.

Both of the project groups can be followed during their trips in Uganda on their blog sites:

Project 1 -

Project 2 -

{30.11.12} Girls ICC Africa U-19 now scheduled for Dec 8-10 in Kampala. Teams: Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania. Tanzania are the holders.

{25.11.12} Twenty20 Series

[Uganda Team]

Uganda Team before departure
photo © Innocent Ndawula

Game 1- Uganda won by 14 runs
Uganda 92/9: Barbara 18, Akello 28, Adubu 13; Banja 4/29
Kenya 78/3:

Uganda skipper Barbara Mukankusi is pumping up the volume amongst her Ugandan teammates as they seek to wrap up their Kenya Tour on a high at Ruaraka Sports Club Oval in Nairobi.
When Kenya toured Uganda in September, the hosts took a series lead only for Kenya to bounce back with three victories in the T20 format. And Mukankusi was preaching focus after her team took a 2-0 lead at Peponi School Oval on Friday.
“We are not repeating the same mistakes we did then,” the skipper told Sunday Monitor. “We undermined them in Kampala and paid the price. But there is no room for error here (Kenya).”
Mukankusi with 47 runs, Scovia Akello with 28 in the first game and Gloria Adubu with 13 runs and an unbelievable return of three wickets for two runs were the architects of Friday’s two wins.

Game 2- Uganda won by 5 runs
Uganda 76/9: Barbara 29,N Franklyn 14, Apio 8; Bakhita 4/13
Kenya 71 all out: Mercelyn 15; Adubu 3wkts/2runs

{23.11.12} Kenyan captain out

KENYA women’s cricket team captain Emily Ruto has been ruled out of Kenya’s Twenty20 series with Uganda beginning tomorrow in Nairobi by an ankle injury.

Coach Dun Okinyo confirmed Ruto would miss out after the player injured her left ankle during training at Ruaraka Sports Club yesterday. “'Chepcricket' will not be available for the six match series which begins tomorrow (Friday)” said Okinyo. "As much as we would like her to play, I wouldn’t like to risk her at this moment.”

Kenya are already contemplating a gamble on the squad with the absence of Uganda-born opening bowler Belinda Maska. Ruto’s injury is a big blow.

Okinyo did not confirm who would replace Ruto but Africa junior girls championship player of the series Quinter Aooko is the favourite to get the nod.

“Ruto has been asked by the physio to sit out for at least a week without playing any cricket and we will have to respect that. However her absence will give a chance to younger players to prove themselves,” Okinyo added.

As the national team will be using the series to prepare for the T20 women’s World Cup qualifiers in Tanzania next month, the junior players who could get a chance to play in the series will be using that opportunity to feature in this year’s Africa junior girls (Under-19) championships in Kampala next month.

Beryl Oyugi and Lydia Kaparo would be alternatives to Aooko. One bowler Kenya will have available is Mary Belle who is making a comeback after a 15-month absence. Speaking at Ruaraka, Belle said she is happy to be back and is looking forward to giving a good performance over the weekend.

“I am totally focused on the series. I am sure I will be in good shape come the qualifiers,” Belle said. “I am now concentrating on getting into the team. The matches will be tough but I genuinely believe we can win. We must play better cricket for three days. We need to play a brand of smart, aggressive cricket.”

Belle is likely to open the bowling with Mercy Adhiambo in the absence of Maska.

The Ugandan team is coached by Grace Mutyagaba, standing in for regular coach Henry Okecho.

Henry Okecho, the Uganda national women’s cricket coach, has challenged his outfit to turn the tables on their hosts Kenya during their six-day tour of Nairobi.

A squad of 14 left for Kenya yesterday (Wed) and will use the tour to prepare for the ICC Africa Women’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers slated for December 15-20 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Okecho, who will not be in Uganda’s dugout as he attends to other ‘commitments’, believes the tour will give his youthful outfit a chance to play out of their shells.

“I have some commitments over the weekend,” said Okecho, whose side will play six T20 games against the Dun Okinyo-tutored Kenyan side.

“Grace (Mutyagaba) my assistant will take charge. I have told the girls to play without fear. They seem to be fearing to fail rather than playing to win. They should do the latter and seize their chances.”
Barbara Mukankusi was retained as captain whereas Flavia Laker was elevated to the vice captain role in reward for her stellar leadership of Charity Trust Fund, who won a season double in the women's league and T20.

{21.11.12} It’s all joy for Rita now

Two years ago, Rita Nyangendo was a very upset young lady. At 18, she’d been left out of the Uganda U-19s girls’ cricket team because she’d failed to meet – as had others – an extraordinary Africa Cricket Association (ACA) time bar; on top of that she found herself excluded from the main women’s national squad for a key competition in Nairobi.

But Rita, now 20, has come back with a burst. After starring for Uganda in its women’s 50-50/T20 series against Kenya a couple of months ago and putting on consistently good performances, with both bat and ball, for Charity Trust Fund CC, the 2012 women’s league winners, she was voted the season’s most valued women’s player at last week’s (Thurs) Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) end-of-season ceremony at Lugogo Oval, Kampala.

“That’s better,” she said, heartfeltedly, after her triumph.

And three other Charity players lined up with her to receive awards: national captain Barbara Mukankusi grabbed the wicket-keeping gong, off spinner Flavia Laker (no relation) was voted best bowler and Scovia ‘Livewire’ Akello scooped the fielding prize. Young mother Mary Nanderenga, of Wanderers and the wife of top Ugandan umpire Patrick Makumbi, was voted best batter.

Amongst the men, veteran all-rounder Benjamin ‘Benzo’ Musoke (Tornado) was voted most valued player (MVP), fellow veteran Nihal Bibodi (Wanderers) best batsman, former Uganda U-19 captain Brian Masaba (Nile CC) best bowler, the ever alert Raymond Otim (Tornado) best fielder, and Rohit Dhanji, of Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SKLPS), best man behind the sticks.

Musoke, who first played for Uganda as a 16-year-old in 1994, had not won the MVP award before.


{18.11.12} Uganda Women's Annual Awards

Most Valued Player: Ritah Nyangendo (Charity)
Best batsman: Mary Nanderenga (Wanderers)
Best bowler: Flavia Laker (Charity)
Best w.keeper: Barbra Mukankusi (Charity)
Best fielder: Scovia Akello (Charity)

{27.10.12} Ugandan trailblazers fizzle out

After a rip-roaring start, Uganda's women's bid to wipe out archrivals Kenya in the 50/50 and T20 game came unstuck in Kampala last week (Sept 3-8).

The home side ran out easy winners in both 50/50 fixtures, at Entebbe and Kyambogo University, where all-rounder Franklyn Najjumba blasted 59 out of a total of 135, and won the first T20. But then the rain set in, and so did Uganda's fortunes.

The second T20 was abandoned and Kenya went on to win the next two, narrowly, and the final one by a wide margin.

"The Ugandan girls appeared to get more fatigued as the week progressed," said coach Henry Okecho, who nonetheless felt the series had gone well - depite injuries to captain Barbara Mukankusi and all-rounder Gloria Adubu - and that his side would give a good account of themselves when they come up against South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya in continental competition in December.

Uganda are the current Pepsi ICC Africa T20 champions.

ODI results: Uganda 158, Kenya 101 (Entebbe); Uganda 135, Kenya 60 (Kyambogo Univ).

Ugandan girls elated with their trophy during the prize-giving ceremony for the Pepsi ICC Africa women U-19 Championships at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda December 10, 2012.
PHOTO/Norman Katende

Three ladies head to South Africa for Elite Academy

The 3rd edition of the Africa Cricket Association’s (ACA) elite women’s cricket academy program is set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa between 8th and 13th of February at the Willowmore Park Stadium in Benoni.

Kenya will be represented by three ladies, namely Emily Ruto, Sharon Juma and Daisy Wairimu. They were picked based on their performances in the two Twenty20 tournaments held in December last year, these being the Ladies U19 Africa Championship in Kampala, Uganda where Daisy Wairimu was voted the Most Valuable Player and the ICC Africa Women’s World Cup Qualifier held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, that both Ruto and Juma were part of.

The Kenyan ladies will be amongst a group of 18 players from different countries in Africa. Ruto is the women’s team captain since 2009 with 23 caps for the national team, while Juma with 18 caps is the ladies team wicket-keeper and youngster Wairimu, capped just three times, is the other representatives from the girls’ squad.

Ruto is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Electrical Engineering while Juma is studying Media Technology at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and Wairimu is a student at Eastmore Girl’s School in Nakuru.

The training at the Academy will be conducted by Feizal Kimmie, the Senior Development Officer for the ICC in Africa. He will be accompanied by an assistant coach Ephraim Nyawo of the Eastern Cricket Academy. Amongst the presenters will be Jolene Campher, an expert in Sport Vision & Wicket Keeping, Jody Martin, a level 3 coach and a Meta coach in Cricket Psychology, as well as Chrissie Bakker, a Human Movement Specialist