By Denis Musali
The annual schools' cricket week started in 1939 is a highlight for many many young players as they spend a week competing amongst themselves for the bragging rights of the best cricket playing school in the country. Busoga College Mwiri are record winners having won the title 16 times but a shift in power has meant that they play second fiddle to their Jinja rivals Jinja SSS in the recent past.
We had a brief chat with former cricket cranes Captain Davis Karashani who featured for Ntare School and Busoga College Mwiri about his cricket week days.
Here is the full detail of the interview.
Qn : Schools
Ans : Ntare School (1999 - 2002) and Busoga College Mwiri (2003 - 2004)
Qn : Championships
Ans : 2003 & 2004 with Mwiri
Qn; Individual Awards
Ans; Best bowler 2002
Qn; Favorite Opponent
Ans; Kings College Budo
Qn; Favorite Ground
Qn; Most Fierce School
Ans; Jinja SS class of 2002, team had Kyobe Arthur, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Isaneez all at the peak of their powers.
Qn; Toughest opponent
Ans; Isaneez Emmanuel
Qn; School Rivarly
Ans; No particular rivalry in my days but must say, games against Budo were always highly billed but never saw the fuss they were always such a big mismatch
Qn; Impressive players
Ans; Ngolobe Denis (Buddo), Kigozi Steve, Byansi Edgar (Ntare School), (Ndejje) & Hamza Saleh - they were miles ahead of their time
Qn; Cricket Week Moments
Ans; Made lots of friends on n off e field of play the respect shown on the battlefield allowed me a friendly relationship with literally everyone I ever played with and against
Qn; Now and Then
Ans; Then the quality was very high as literally every participating team had a real top quality match winning player but with equally formidable teammates now is absolutely different, the difference in quality is soooo wide in individuals and teams! Today one would struggle to identify a cricket week player and slot him into club cricket. This must change and the development committee is underway to change this trend and get cricket week close to its glory days