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Soroti gears up for thrilling girls schools wricket week qualifiers


The excitement is palpable in Soroti as the Girls’ Schools Cricket Week qualifiers are set to kick off tomorrow in Soroti City, featuring an exhilarating clash between Soroti City and Soroti SS.

Notably, Agora Secondary School and Soroti Secondary School will make their debut in the competition, underscoring the burgeoning interest in cricket within Soroti.

Joining the fray are defending champions Olila High School, last year’s runners-up Light Senior Secondary School, host school St. Mary’s Girls School Madera, and Kamuda Parents School from the Kumam area.

Across two grounds, Madera Ground and City Ground, a total of 16 games will be played during the qualifiers.

The format will follow a round-robin structure, with the top three teams advancing to the Girls Schools Cricket Week, scheduled in Soroti from May 4th to 11th.

Uganda Cricket Association, recognizing Soroti’s exemplary hosting last year, entrusted Soroti Cricket Academy with this year’s event.

This decision promises to engage the Soroti community, fostering support for local talent.

Notably, Soroti Cricket Academy boasts nine players on the Victoria Pearls team, including newly appointed captain Janet Mbabazi.

Last year marked a historic milestone as Soroti Cricket Academy hosted the Girls Schools Cricket Week outside Kampala for the first time.

The gripping finale saw Olila High School emerge victorious against Light Senior Secondary School, setting a remarkable benchmark for future tournaments.

Akrut Asumin while batting for Olila High School last year

With Light SS aiming to clinch their first-ever trophy and break Olila High School’s dominance, team captain Apolot Patricia exudes confidence in their quest for supremacy, starting from the qualifiers.

The upcoming Girls Schools Cricket Week will witness a notable expansion, with the inclusion of two additional schools.

Moreover, to enhance accessibility and engagement, select matches will be live-streamed, enabling enthusiasts from afar to partake in the excitement.

This initiative is poised to transform this year’s Girls’ Schools Cricket Week into a vibrant celebration of talent, teamwork, and the sport’s burgeoning influence, transcending conventional cricket boundaries.


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