MAY 21-31, 2017. KAMPALA, UGANDA
By Alvin Bagaya
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA 2007
The 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament was played in Darwin, Australia between 27 May and 2 June 2007. At the end of the tournament, the teams were distributed in the divisions of the ICC World Cricket League as follows:
1st and 2nd place: 2007 Division Two, 3rd and 4th place: 2009 Division Three, 5th to 8th place: 2008 Division Four
Uganda was in Group B with Hong Kong, Cayman Islands and Tanzania.
The Squad; Joel Olweny*, Kenneth Kamyuka, Junior Kwebiiha, Arthur Kyobe, Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Patrick Ochan, Jimmy Okello, Richard Okia, Raymond Otim, Ronald Semanda, Lawrence Ssematimba, Charles Waiswa, Nandikishore Patel.
Coach; Sam Walusimbi
On 27th May 2007, Kahlin Oval Darwin; Uganda 220/5 in 50 overs (Joel Olweny 60(92), Benjamin Musoke 48(124), Junior Kwebiiha 39(26) ), beat Hong Kong 126/10 in 36.5 overs (Charles Wasiwa 3/18 in in 8 overs) by 91 runs.
Young openers Arthur Kyobe and Roger Mukasa had gone early but the experience of Olweny, Kwebiiha , and Benjamin Musoke guided Uganda to safety. Charles Waiswa and Joel Olwenyi were the architects of the Hong Kong batting collapse.
28th May 2007, Nightcliff Oval, Darwin; Tanzania 64/10 in 24.1 overs (Charles Wasiwa 3/7 in 6 overs, Patyrick Ochan 3/17 in 6.1 overs) lost to Uganda 70/6 in 22.1 overs by 4 wickets.
What should have been an easy run chase of 64 against Tanzania almost turned into a horror show but Uganda settled to chase down the paltry score for the loss of 6 wickets. Benson Mwita of Tanzania picked Mukasa, Kwebiiha, Olweny, Otim and run out Kyobe to send some tremors into the Uganda dressing room.
Earlier Charles Wasiwa and Patrick Ochan had skittled the Tanzanian innings for 64 all out.
30th May 2007, Marrara Cricket Grounds, Darwin; Uganda 153/10 in 48.3 overs (Arthur Kyobe 37(64), Junior Kwebiiha 30(62)) beat Cayman Islands 127/10 in 48.2 overs (Junior Kwebiiha 4/11 in 5.2 overs, Charles Wasiwa 2/31 in 9 overs) by 26 runs.
Cayman Islands won the toss and opted to field, Uganda set 153; youngster Arthur Kyobe top scoring and Junior Kwebiiha contributing in the middle order.
Junior Kwebiiha (4/11 in 5.2 overs) set up the win by 23 runs. Uganda finished top of the group with 100% record.
Sweet Revenge against Papua New Guinea
31st May 2007, Tracy Village Oval, Darwin; Papua New Guinea 203/6 in 50 overs (Charles Waiswa 2/17 in 10 overs, Frank Nsubuga 1/24 in 10 overs, Ronald Semanda 1/50 in 10 overs) lost to Uganda 204/9 in 49.2 overs (Kenneth Kamyuka 43*(42), Roger Mukasa 43(34), Lawrence Ssematimba 30(64) ) by 1 wicket.
Two years after the painful one run loss to PNG at the Observatory Lane Rathmines Oval, in Dublin Ireland, Uganda met Papua new Guinea in the semifinals at the Tracy Village Oval, Darwin on 31st May 2007.
Charles Waiswa, Frank Nsubuga and Ronald Semanda were the peak of the bowling as PNG posted 203 in their 50 overs.
Roger Mukasa finally got his chance to get on the scorecard meaningfully taking the PNG bowling attack apart to show the exceptional skill he went on to polish in his career. Captain Olweny and Sematimba chipped in with a useful knocks in the middle order.
The man who watched the game slip away in Ireland, Kenneth Kamyuka 43*(42) made sure he was there at the end with an unbeaten knock to guide Uganda home with one wicket and 4 balls to spare, sweet revenge, and Uganda was in the finals in Darwin.
2nd June 2007, Gardens Oval, Darwin: Uganda 241/8 in 50 overs (Patrick Ochan 56(34), Frank Nsubuga 55(38), Lawrence Ssematimba 39*(76) ) beat Argentina 156/10 in 46.3 overs (Frank Nsubuga 4/27 in 10 overs, Patrick Ochan 3/25 in 10 overs) by 91 runs.
Uganda won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that was not vindicated by the batsmen, as Uganda collapse to 7/79 before brothers Lawrence Sematimba 39*(76) and Frank Nsubuga 55(38) in a n 8th wicket stand of 80 brought the innings back to life.
Uganda’s last wicket heroics showed up again when youngster Patrick Ochan smashing four maximums and one boundary in his half century batting at number 10 then joined Lawrence for an unbeaten 82 run 9th wicket stand to guide Uganda to 241 in their allotted 50 overs.
First innings heroes Frank Nsubuga and Patrick Ochan then returned to restrict Argentina to 150 all out, Uganda finishing Champions for the first time in the World cricket League qualifiers.
Ronald Ssemanda (Retired All-Rounder);
“There can never be another tour like Darwin, it is the best organised tour ever.”
William Kibuukamusoke (Chairman Uganda Cricket Association in 2007 and Chairman Tornado Bees Cricket Club);
“We won because of the brotherly spirit in the camp, everybody at this time cared about their team mates, the camaraderie and friendliness in the camp was genuine and drove the team, it was easy to fight for one another in the camp. Whatever forces of negativity that appeared in the side we promptly threw out of camp.
Roger really blew the PNG bowling apart!! Left them disorganized in the semis! And Patrick was amazing in the final! Six! Six! Six! Eeeh! Before Argentina knew it we were past 200 after falling to about 70 for 7! It was an amazing final and an amazing tour. Because we did things right and built team spirit.”
12th April 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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