By Alvin Bagaya
When Wanderers C.C was doomed to relegation by Kenneth Waisswa 69(62) and his already relegated Jinja S.S on the 28th September 2014 at the Kyambogo University Oval, the words of the great baird must have gone through Hamu Kayondo’s mind; to be or not to be, whether to suffer the unending accusations of betrayal by joining Division 1 club or to take arms against the waiting colosseum of unpredictable gladiators in division 2. This situation more often than not is a source of consternation for most players.
Leaving the relegated team at this point is usually seen as a perfidy and mendacity, which is not necessarily the case, especially where Hamu is concerned, but deeply and in the player’s mind, it is garbled business- if he had played better, the team should not have been relegated, and this is especially the case where he was concerned.
He had the talent to keep the team up, but some seasons come with the rains, others with the bright sunny days; 2015 was definitely more sunny days than the dreary grey skies and storms of 2014 when his club was sent to Division 2.
It has become facile for any National team player to score runs in the Uganda Cricket Association 50 over National men’s league, after all; they have played at a far superior level than most of the other local players at World Cricket league level.
In 50 and 20 over cricket, a batsman does not get chance to take their time to score, the whole team has 300 and 120 balls respectively to score so a batsman does not get a chance to score big consistently, it is against this background that a batsman has to be ‘special mention’ for scoring 1000 runs in a period of 12 months.
|DIV 2; RD1||9||2||129||4||2||557||79.57||99.46%|
|DIV 2; SUPER 5||8||1||92||4||365||52.14||74.49%|
9 50s and 2 hundreds later; Hamu’s healthy strike rate says a lot for his positive batting.
2015 was undoubtedly been his Magnus Opus year of limited overs cricket so far and the year that announced Hamu Kayondo as a free run scorerer.
27 times he stepped to the crease and his blade plundered 1,073 runs over the course of the season; making it a successful year not only for Wanderers C.C as they were promoted back to Division 1 on the back of these runs but for Hamu too as a batsman recently getting into his own and trying to cement a place on the national men’s side.
His resilience and commitment to the cause was undoubtedly witnessed in 2015; the year that probably he put his hand up for permanent selection; and he must bring this character in bucket loads to the National side in May 2017.
The preparation for this run filled season probably began in 2014 with the international tour to Malaysia for the Pepsi WCL Division 3 qualifiers; it was tough going, he did not score anywhere above 40 runs against foreign opposition; 31(50) Vs Singapore, 21(55) Vs U.S.A, 7(31) Vs Malaysia, 0(2) & 22(38) Vs Nepal but it probably gave him a platform for this purple patch through the season.
He has however been presented with the perfect stage to revisit his mistakes of 2014 World Cricket League division 3 qualifiers, he must turn those 30s into meaningful 50s or hundreds for Uganda to lift the championship trophy. His journey to opening for Uganda has been a lesson in toil and hard work, he must now reward himself with that which he has prepared for since 2015.
The onus will once again be on him to be a big run collector and put opponents on the back foot early for his country from May 21st 2017 to May 31st 2017 if Uganda must make it out of one of the toughest looking Division 3 contender list in a long while. He knows and so do many more fans and critics that the true test and final frontier still lies at the international stage in the World Cricket League.
Brian Masaba his alumni of the 2009 Under 19 team broke through with a match saving 50 against Nepal in 2014; it will now be up to Hamu to emulate him or even go one further to transfer his toil and free run scoring for Challengers CC his new club to the national team; one thing is for certain, he will have to prove his mettle and ability way beyond his achievements locally.
Hamu is one of Steve Tikolo’s ‘students’ or apprentices, having gone through the coach’s rigorous and demanding boot camp of close to eight months, his levels of attacking play have greatly improved and must be exploited full well.
Hamu has big shoes to fill in the form of retired Benjamin Musoke, Nehal Bibodi, Joel Olweny and Junior Kwebiiha as batsmen. If his name can appear on this list in the future, then he will have unquestionably achieved what he set out to do when he first picked up a bat at Kings College Budo.
Regardless, we applaud a batsman who achieved that special feat of 1000 runs in 12 months; and the home fans will hope he carries that form to the 2017 World Cricket League Division 3 qualifiers.
13th May 2017
|RISING ZEBRAS VS ROARING LIONS||243/4 - 179/7||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|CHARGING LEOPARDS VS MIGHTY RHINOS||55/3 - 60/1||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|ACC VS SKLPS(R1)||160/6 - 162/7||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS VS NYAKASURA (R1)||172/6 - 140/5||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS CC vs J.A.C.C (R1)||194/8 - 131||JINJA S.S.S|
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