IBY INNOCENT NDAWULA
RESULT - TARRUS RILEY CRICKET CARNIVAL
Team The Way Your Are 39/7 in 10 overs lost to Team She’s Royal 40/5 in 8.3 overs by five wickets and nine balls remaining
What a day to remember in Ugandan cricket, especially for the girls and lady fans.
Lugogo was painted yellow as the cream of Uganda ladies cricket mixed and mingled with American-born Jamaican Reggae Artiste Tarrus Riley at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Forget his silky voice, sports and cricket - in particular - flows in his blood. Even before he could say anything, the 39-year-old was visibly excited to catch some action as Uganda’s African champions played out a duel dubbed ‘Tarrus Riley Cricket Carnival’ at Lugogo yesterday.
His attention was undivided as he watched in animated fashion. The beautiful shots played and unique wicket celebrations by the girls left him in awe.
And Riley welcomed the appointment as Uganda Cricket Association (UCA)’s new global brand ambassador.
“It is part of me to support young guys and give them a chance. It gives them inspiration,” Riley answered when asked on his unrelenting role to lend a hand to several charitable causes across the globe.
“Music and sports rhyme along together. It is a good feeling being in Uganda. Watching the girls play makes me feel joy and for the girls to know someone like me is cheering for them makes them work harder to achieve success. Uganda is just like home and I am having the time of my life.”
Jazz Safari’s Tshaka Mayanja, whose brand sponsors the Men and Women’s National Cricket Leagues for the last five years, said Jazz Safari was intent on promoting young talent in Uganda with a special attachment to women’s cricket.
“We are going to be here for long time in the future and Tarrus (Riley), too. He is willing to lend a hand in whichever way he can. Uganda cricket can bank on him as they continue to strive for success. We urge you to give back in equal measure by turning up in droves for the Swangz Avenue Concert of The Year here on Friday,” said Mayanja.
UCA Board Women’s Representative Mary Makumbi Nanderenga handed over to the 39-year-old superstar with a Lady Cricket Cranes cap and jersey emblazoned with No.1 for his new role.
And then captain Kevin Awino and assistant skipper Janet Mbabazi presented to him the two trophies Uganda won in United Arab Emirates and Windhoek, Namibia, where they won the African title last year.
On the oval, Team She’s Royal defeated Team The Way You Are by five wickets in the 10-over Soft Ball Contest. The Royals chased down the set target of 39 in 8.3 overs – thus with five wickets in hand and nine balls remaining. Riley sang along with the ladies with a special ‘selfies’ session crowning the beautiful evening.