Red Ball: Busoowoko Champions

The second edition of the Red Ball and and All Whites came to it’s conclusion on Friday with Busoowoko emerging winners.

The first game of this edition ended in a stalemate after four playing days, but Busoowoko ensured a winner was got by beating Itanda by 240 runs in the second game that lasted five days at the Jinja SS Cricket Oval.

The second game bowled off early this week on Monday, and it was Busoowoko who won the toss to which they deemed it fit to bat first. The side scored 271 runs on the first day before notching 300/7 in their second Innings.

Itanda put 168 in their first innings, but they were unable to track down Busoowoko’s total of 571 as they recorded 163 all out in their second Innings thanks to Busoowoko’s mean bowling.

Hassan Bagaga was mainly Itanda’s tormentor here. Despite not getting any wicket, Bagaga conceded only five runs from as many Overs. He was eventually named the Player of the Match. In this game, Bagaga conceded only 11 runs from the ten Overs he bowled. And with the bat, he bagged 208 runs- the most by any player.

Eddie Agaba who was exceptional with the bat for Busoowoko in the first game, scored just a solitary run in the second one, but he came in handy with the ball, claiming a total of four wickets. Agaba was joined by teammate Samilu Oluka as players who took the most wickets in game two, both with four.

Sadam Oyaga picked up three wickets adding to his game two total of 92 runs.

In total, Bagaga edged everyone with the batting with his 259 runs. Agaba followed in with 253 while Oyaga scored 222.

In bowling, Itanda’s Arafat Masinde picked the most wickets with eight to his name. Richard Soheri, Paul Muberi, Agaba, Bagaga, Oyaga and Oluka followed in each with four.

Charles Waiswa, the chairman of Jinja Cricket Association, and one of the brains behind this tournament gave his verdict on the competition.

“We have witnessed a big improvement from the first edition. More 100s have been scored; we’ve seen lots of runs scored and kids are learning how to stay on the wicket and construct big innings.

“Mental and physical fitness have been put to test and strong characters are in the making. it’s a much better brand of cricket.”

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