The UCA organized Ladies Cricket League kicks off this Saturday on various grounds. The league is played on a 40 Over basis and Tornado B are the defending champions from last year.
Olila High School playing under the hospice of Soroti Cricket Academy got promoted as winners of Division 2. Joyce Mary Apio played a very big role in their campaign picking up wickets and also scoring many runs. Her form earned her a call up to the senior ladies side that travelled to Dubai to compete in the Emirates Cup late last year.
In just 2 years of playing in the Cricket League, Olila has been able to win Division 2 in their first full season and they mean more business this year as they have added experience to their team to make sure they don’t just make up the numbers in the big league.
Olila will compete with defending champions Tornado B, last seasons runners up Wanderers, perennial campaigners Jinja SS, KICC and Pioneer Cricket Club who are the other teams in Division 1.
There has been a lot of activity in the transfer of players. Wanderers lost Mary Nalule to Tornado B, Rachel Ntono and Getrude Chandiru have moved to Olila, Mckenzie Ayato has left the champions Tornado B for Charity Cricket Club and Daphine Namubiru has joined Pioneer Cricket Club.
The Ladies League has 12 teams split into 2 divisions of 6 teams each. The games are played every Saturday at the various.
The relegation of Charity to Divsion 2 will make it interesting as only one team can gain promotion to Division 1. Charity will face stiff competition from the school sides Tornado (Masaka SS), Premier (Ndejje SS) and JACC.
Division 1 is very tight and who goes down will be hard to predict.
Olila have beefed up their team to complement rising star Joyce Mary Apio with the experience of Rachel Ntono, Getrude Chandiru and Damalie Busingye that should help them compete.
Pioneer led by national team Captain Barbara Mukankusi should also be safe this year, they had an off year last season but in Carol Namugenyi, Lelia Namaganda and Daphine Namubiru they are favorites for the title not relegation.
Wanderers has been a team that has managed to punch above its weight, getting results when they are least expected to. Janet Mbabazi leads her ladies from the front and has able girls in the returning Hope Wanichan and Patricia Malemikia who joins from Charity.
The defending champions Tornado B have managed to stick together for long and this has been very key in their progress throughout the years. Noami Kayondo should find support from Patricia Munguryek, Sherry Kutaka, and new addition Mary Nalule.
KICC Ladies haven’t clicked through the seasons and their main problem has been keeping a team together. Gloria Adupu and Consy Aweko have been the backbone of the team and little is known if they will stay for another campaign.
Jinja SS, winners of the Schools Cricket Week have always been favorites every year. Rita Musamali and Stephanie Nampiina have already played for the senior side and will be able to help them mount a challenge.
Felix Musana of Soroti Cricket Academy was confident of doing well and at worst making sure they stay up this year.
We want to come and compete through our brand of cricket. Our first 3 games will give us a measure of how we will play in the league.
If we are winning, we will go for the title and if the ride is tough we will fight for survival but clearly we have come to stay in top flight.
We still have the same side though we are still in discussions to get two senior players that can guide the girls through. Damalie Businge has joined (and we are) trying to get 2 senior players before our opener.
Kyambogo Oval – Olila CC Vs Tornado Bee
Lugogo Oval – Jinja Sss CC Vs Wanderers CC
Ndejje Ground – Premier Vs Charity