By Innocent Ndawula
SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 9 AT KYAMBOGO OVAL.
12pm: Arrival at Ground
1pm: Match Begins
5pm: Prize Giving Ceremony
5:30pm: Drinks, Interaction & Post Game Analysis.
The University Oval in Kyambogo will be buzzing all-around the park when the action-starved cricket fraternity turns up in droves to watch the elderly and corporate members of the fraternity lock horns in the first-ever Abagurusi versus Kisementi Cricket Series on Saturday (February 9th).
The Abagurusi will comprise of the elderly statesmen of the ‘Gentleman’s Game’ in Uganda who are also regarded as the noble game’s forefathers whereas the Team Kisementi will comprise of corporates that have also represented the country at the different levels (from U-19 to Senior Team) and had lately become too busy for the game while chasing different dreams in their respective careers in the formal sector.
According to one of the Series organiser Norman Batanda, the idea is to play 25 overs per innings with lunch at Midday, toss at 12.45pm and the first ball being bowled at 1pm.
“We want to start early and have both a fun and action filled day,” said Batanda, who will feature for Team Abagurusi.
“It is going to be an explosive encounter between the Abagurusi Legends and Kisementi Young Blood. We call upon other elders and young corporates of the game to come, watch and rediscover their passion.
“Cricket is for all of us and it’s through such games that we will rebuild and brainstorm for the game’s overall structured development.”
The Series is set to run on a quarterly basis throughout the year and there is a charity twist to it with both teams looking to contribute towards a good cause like paying tuition for some of the young talents playing the game in either of the traditional schools including Busoga College Mwiri, Nyakasura School, Jinja SS, Ntare, King’s College Budo and Kibuli SS among others.
For the fans that turn up, be sure to cash in on the thrills and spills as some old battles get renewed with some players looking to settle their scores against each other.
The teams’ compositions are also exciting with incumbent UCA chairman Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira set to play alongside Paulo Nsibuka Luswata - his rival for top seat in the rescheduled UCA elections – in Team Abagurusi. Truly cricket has no permanent enemies and is truly a ‘Gentleman’s Game’.
Team Kisementi will also feature some of the yesteryears’ superstars including Solomon Sseruga, Paul Kaheru Elly ‘Sober’ Mukasa, Daniel Ligyalingi and Guy Kimbowa Lutaaya – a former Cricket Cranes skipper.
Be sure to catch a slice of the action as a new rivalry dawns before us!
ABAGURUSI - PROBABLE XI
From: Norman Batanda, Peter Muzungu, Andrew Othieno, Davis Turinawe, Paul Ayo, Paul Nsibuka, Michael Ndiko, Michael Nuwagaba, Innocent Ndawula, William Kibukamusoke, Steven Lumonya, Latimer Mukasa, Robert Kisubi, Abubaker Mayanja, George Ndiko, Nehal Bibodi, Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira, Kuldeep, Emmanuel Tibagye
KISEMENTI – PROBABALE XI
From: Paul Kaheru, Daniel Ligyalingi, Elly K. Mukasa, Jackie Lutaaya (Mrs), Dunstan Kamunvi Nsubuga, John Trust Mayeku, Nicholas Kebba, Jeremy Kibukamusoke, Fred Lutaaya, Derrick Buwembo, Solomon Sseruga, Benjamin Musoke, Julius Makubuya, Rita Tinka, George Kayondo, Guy Kimbowa Lutaaya, Simon Muyobo