Damani, Challengers enjoys fine starts at Kishor Pabari memorial tournament

Rwanda XI in a match against Challengers CC at Lugogo Oval. Rwanda XI in a match against Challengers CC at Lugogo Oval.

There may be need for Kishor Pabari to the current generation in Ugandan cricket.

Originally from India, Pabari is known to have supported many Asian-born cricketers like Nehal Bibodi and, offered sponsorship and cricket equipment in Uganda when he came here in 1982.

He died in 1993 and a year later, a tournament to remember Kishor’s works was organised. The Kishor Pabari Memorial returned with the second edition involving six franchises at Lugogo and Kyambogo Ovals at the weekend.

With several incentives for every nitty gritty, this has triggered some impressive displays in the six round-robin matches played. 
“There are several bonuses set like Shs50,000 for every man-of-match award,” organiser Hanumant Katkar told this paper.

“If one’s team wins, then a every wicket is worth Shs5000 shared by a bowler and fielder (if its a catch and Shs1000 per run made. It’s a bit lower for the losing team.” he added.

That means Challengers’ skipper Ivan Thawithemwira scooped Shs75,000 after smashing a half-ton of 75 runs off 28 balls as they defeated the Rwanda Select XI by 131 runs on Saturday.

“That’s good money,” Thawi said of the bonuses and Shs5m cash prize set to be given out after the final this Sunday.

“But whether there was no money or not, Challengers is a competitive side that would love to win every tournament they play,” the lanky batsman said following two wins out of three ties.

Although Rwanda XI failed in their attempt to chase Challengers’ 232-5, their batsman Eric Hirwa (33 of 26) was picked as player of match ahead of opponent Sadic Fahad (5/19).

National coach Steve Tikolo and Charity Trust Fund captain Jonathan Ssebanja turned up for Aziz Damani.

The Division II champions lost to a Nicholas Kebba-inspired (34 off 48) Tornado Bee by six wickets but recovered by beating Challengers on Sunday.

Here, Brian Masaba took the match’s best player honour after picking 5/15 and making 19 off 38 but Tikolo’s 36-ball 48 was equally outstanding.

KISHOR PABARI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
ROUND-ROBIN RESULTS
Challengers 94/10 Aziz Damani 95/2
(Challengers won by 8 wickets)
Challengers 232/5 Rwanda Select XI 101/10 
(Challengers won by 131 runs)
Everest 147/5 Rwanda Select 55/10
(Everest won by 92 runs)
KICC 141/8 Rwanda Select XI 113/10 
(KICC won by 28 runs)
Aziz Damani 136/7 Tornado Bee 140/4
(Tornado Bee won by 6 wickets)

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