The annual Girls’ Cricket Week will bowl off on Monday with twelve (12) schools competing for the bragging rights.
Jinja SSS who have won the title for the last four years in a row are the defending champions and will be looking for a fifth title in a row and ninth overall.
This year, though, will be special as a new school joins the competition. Victoria High School from Iganga who only started playing cricket this year will make their Cricket Week debut.
Record winners Jinja SSS will be at the weakest in four years after the loss of the dynamic trio of Immaculate Nakisuyi, Stepahnie Nampiina and Rita Musamali who all finished high school and this presents an opportunity for other schools to stop this winning streak.
The closet challenger for the title would be the Masaka SSS who have missed out on the last two titles by small margins but for a team that has been developing now is the right time to collect the holy grail. Coach Yusuf Nanga has worked hard with his girls and the experience of playing in the league should come in handy when the going gets tough.
Notably, the Jinja region will have four schools this year with only the central region close with three schools. Jinja SSS, Busoga High School, Lords Meade and new comers Victoria High represent Eastern region, four time winners Gayaza High School, St John’s Mukono and Ndejje SSS represent the Central region, Olila High School and Light SSS (Soroti), Mt Rwenzori SSS and Nyakasura (Western Region) and Masaka SSS the lone representatives from the Masaka region.
The games will be played at Lugogo, Kyambogo, Gayaza and Budo grounds with the final slated for May 3.
The annual competition gives Uganda Cricket a chance to look at the new talent coming from the different regions. The schools will arrive on Sunday and will be camped at Gayaza High School with action slated to start on Monday.