With a fairly busy schedule that included a 40 over league and a T20 competition plus National team duty for both the U19 and Senior ladies, choosing the crème de la crème of 2014 reflects both performances for their local sides as well as for the respective National teams and it seems with each passing year there is even more lining up for the challenge to be the best.

2.NAOME KAYONDO (WANDERERS CC)


She picked up 357 runs in the 40 over league, a feat that earned her the Best Bats lady accolade and ultimately also ensured that Wanderers defended the league title. She was instrumental in Wanderer’s run in the T20 tournament even though they only finished second best. Kayondo who doubles as skipper for the senior national ladies team had a forgettable outing in South Africa picking up only two wins and three loses enroute to a fourth-place finish and failing to qualify for the 2016 ICC Women’s World T20 Trophy . Overall, a great year which ensured she earned the number one slot.

2. BUSINGYE DAMALIE (JINJA S.S)

Voted female cricketer of the year by the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), Busingye was outstanding with both bat and ball-picking. Her seven wickets were only bettered by Charity’s Nakato Joselyn eight as she inspired Jinja SS to the T20 trophy. Busingye was also instrumental for the U19 girls’ team in the run up to retaining the 2014 Africa Cricket Association Girls U19 Trophy. She went on to be named Girl of the series during the Schools’ cricket week crowning off top honors for Jinja S.S.

3. PRICCO NAKITENDE (JINJA S.S)

Player of the series during the 40-over league raking in 263 runs and a total of 17 wickets, Nakitende was superb on all fronts and fielded excellently to guide Jinja S.S to the T20 title.

4. JANET MBABAZI (WANDERERS CC/JINJA S.S)

An all rounder whose game has come good this season, Mbabazi was the best bowler in the 40-over league garnering a total of 22 wickets and was often called upon by Wanderers to put some runs on the board as well. The 15-year old also captained the U19 girls at the 2014 Africa Cricket Association Girls U19 Trophy winning four out five games including against fierce rivals Kenya in the last game decider and also earned a call up to the senior ladies team while at it.

5. NALULE MARY (WANDERERS CC/KOLOLO SS)

The Wanderers youngster has improved a great deal and the experience of playing with senior players at club level is fast rubbing off. She opened for team Uganda at the U19 tournament and ultimately is a good player.

6. MARY NANDERENGA (WANDERERS CC)

Wanderers’ stable and calm wicket keeper, she was at the back drop of many of their triumphs, picking up the Best wicket keeper accolade at the annual awards and has managed to juggle life and playing cricket actively.

7. SAIDAT KEMIGISHA (CHARITY/KOLOLO S.S)

The best Bats lady during the Schools’ cricket week, the Charity stalwart impressed during the shorter version of the game and went on to earn a call up to the National U19 side.

8. FRANKLYN NAJJUMBA (TORNADO)

Hardly the best season for Najjumba in national senior women’s team colours, she put on a good show in the league albeit not enough for her local club Tornado. Tornado were consequently knocked out of the T20 competition and ultimately lost the 40-over league to Wanderers. But her key contributions overall for both club and country could not go unnoticed.

9. KEVIN APIO (WANDERERS CC)

Leadership is often times the most underrated feature but Apio’s efforts in leading Wanderers to the title defence on the back foot of a season where they had to assemble a new team lands her on this list. She subsequently went on to be named the Best fielder for 2014 season.

10. PATRICIA MALEMIKIA (KOLOLO S.S/CHARITY)

Voted the emerging female cricketer of the year at the annual cricket awards, Malemikia had a good run during the schools’ cricket week and also for the U19 side as well.

Special mention goes to Musubika Justine (Tornado) and Kevin Awino (Jinja S.S) who put in as much hard work and if it was a top 12 list would make the cut.

Mary Nankinga (Tornado) takes the gong for being the most improved player in the league in the 2014 season. She worked tirelessly throughout and was unfortunate to pick up an injury in the final bend of the season.

Immaculate Nakisuyi (Jinja S.S), Hope Wanichan (Tornado) and Racheal Ntono (Jinja S.S) all get credits for most promising players and the ones to watch out for in the 2015 season.

An honorable mention goes to Lydia Bakumpe who returned to playing cricket in the 2014 season after a long hiatus and managed considerably well to be partake in Wanderers’ victorious season.

Aisha Nassanga

Contributor at Kawowo Sports

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