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The last time Kings College Buddo beat Mwiri in an even contest was in the final of the then Cocacola Schools Cricket Week of 2001.

The win was aided by one of Mwiri’s own Richard Okia and current Buddo Captain Abu Mayanja was part of that squad.

A lot of things have changed since then. Both teams have formed clubs to compete in the National League and while Mwiri has been around longer, Buddo is in its second year since formation.

Both clubs use current school kids with a mix of old boys to be able to ably compete but the end is to keep the cricket spirit alive in their schools.

These old rivals while compete in the pick of the fixtures this week in Buddo’s own backyard.

Both will fight to play catch up to Kampala Pirates who are on top of the table and look set for promotion to Div 2.

Buddo Captain Abu Mayanja has been trading some jabs with his counterpart Quaraish Kasujja with either of them talking a big game.

Here is what Mayanja had to say about the game;

On paper, many would think that this is a fixture of the good old days when the rivalry was high but in reality, it’s more of old students pitted against each other.

But the fact that it is Budo vs. Mwiri, it will always be a mouth watering clash although both teams have different agenda with the Budo one being more of trying to bring back the glory days on the famous hill thus the transferring the pressure off themselves on to their opponents.

This is will be the first game for both teams after a long break, so we don’t expect it to be highly technical as we try to find out feet again but having won our last game, we are confident of continuing the winning mentality.

We shall continue including a few school stars whilst maintaining the competitiveness with the experience of seasoned campaigners like Phillip Thawithemwira, Ahmed Taha holding our end with the ball and the return of our on and off pinch hitters in Gerald Orumo and Arnold Byarugaba.

Unfortunately I wont be on the pitch to rally my troops as I am observing the holy month of Ramadan but the plans and preparations have gone well and we hope to put in a spirited performance.

At Lugogo, winless Charity will take on Nile CC. Charity has found the going very tough since their return to the big time and haven’t registered a win this season.

Nile has been able to punch above its weight with wins over Kutchi and Partidar but they will have to shade off any rust picked up during the long break.

Charity will have Jonathan Ssebanja back from national duty as well as team captain Lawrence Ssempijja who is returning from club duties in the UK, the Singh brothers Narinder and Varinder should be able to  carry the team.

At Kyambogo, KICC battles Kutchi tigers. Both teams are coming off indifferent weekends, Kutchi lost to Challengers while KICC was out classed by Tornado B.

KICC will be looking at getting their campaign back on track while Kutchi will be need points to pull away from the bottom.

Cricket Cranes Captain Davis Karashani and Frank Nsubuga have to carry the weight of KICC to be able to win tomorrow.

At the Lake side Oval in Entebbe, Division 3 table toppers Kampala Pirates take on unpredictable Avengers.

Pirates will greatly improve their promotion chances with a win tomorrow, while the long break between Avengers fixtures hasn’t helped them to mount a reasonable challenge this season.

Since his return from Rwanda Joshua Mwanja has scored a century and two half centuries and he will still be key for Kampala Pirates.

Jazz Safari National Men’s League 2017

Sunday, 11th June 2017

Lugogo Oval

  • Charity TF CC Vs Nile CC  – 10:30am

Kyambogo Oval

  • KICC Vs Kutchi Tigers CC – 10:30am

Entebbe Oval

  • Pirates CC Vs Avengers CC – 11:30am

Budo Oval

  • Budo CC Vs Mwiri CC – 11:30am

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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