Kampala Boys Sports Club hope Night Cricket will elevate standards

When they started out in 2013, it was all about fun. Winning was secondary as everyone in the fraternity was left in daze with how much excitement the floodlights had brought to the oval.

But before they came to Lugogo Cricket Ground, the lights had been an everyday occurrence for the Asian community at Patidar Samaj ground behind UMA Showground in Lugogo.

While there, they played on concrete as Team Wines & Spirits reigned supreme. But the notion by the organisers, Kampala Boys Sports Club, to move the annual competition to the home of cricket in Uganda (Lugogo) in 2014 has proved to be a masterstroke.

Although the passion of players and organisers has remained boundless, the competition has gradually hit new levels with each passing edition of the KBSC Premier League.

“We have put rules that add excitement and make everyone involved,” KBSC chairman Tejas Patel told Daily Monitor. “Before, some teams used to play with only Asians but now each of the franchises must field at least two Ugandan players in each game they play. We have set out to develop Ugandan talent as well.”

In 2013, the winners pocketed Shs5m and the runner’s consolation prize was Shs3m but that rose to Shs7.5m and Shs6m respectively last year. “It will even be bigger this year. At stake for the winner is Shs10m and Shs7.5m for the runner-up. We keep improving the prize money to increase competition. Now we need help from other corporate companies.”

Organising secretary Nirav Patel believes hard ball cricket will be played on these floodlights next season. “Last season, we had eight poles and the lights were 30-feet off the ground. Now they’re 70-feet in the air and we’ve replaced the poles with four permanent towers. Next year we want to bring six towers and put the lights at 100-feet. We want the very best.”

The tournament is played on a 16-over basis per innings but improved to 20 overs from the quarterfinals for this season that ends on August 21.

 

KBSC NIGHT CRICKET QUARTERS 
Yuva 91/10 G, Lions 94/4
Abacus 127/10 Damani 128/6

 

FORMER WINNERS 
2013: Wines & Spirits
2014: Wines & Spirits
2015: Aziz Damani

KBSC full committee:
Tejas Patel (chairman), Chirag Dave, Ketan Shukla, Daxesh Patel (assistant treasurer), Divyang Patel (secretary), Ghanshyam Patel (secretary), Hitesh Patel (treasurer), Bharat Patel, Nirav Patel (organizing sec), Ravi Patel, Kalpesh Patel, Sameer Thakkur
Sponsors:
Main sponsor - Aziz Damani, co-sponsors - AMI Africa, TransAfrica Assurance, Britannia Allied Ind Ltd, Krishna Construction Co. Ltd, Alliance Insurance, Jubilee Assurance, Jyoti Motors, Grand Thornton, Shumuk Group, Haandi Restaurant, Tej Uganda Ltd & Uganda Cricket Association.

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Charity hope to carry rhythm to T20 League

Week One of the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup sent out a glimpse of what to expect; ‘boom boom cricket’ like former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi would say.

Yet again, more runs are expected as batsmen attempt to suffocate bowlers again in 10 contests at five different grounds today.
To begin with, 2012 T20 finalists Charity Trust Fund will carry their momentum after earning promotion back to the top tier when they face hosts Jinja SSS and JACC across the Nile River.

Quick runs
“This is a whole different ball game,” Charity’s all-rounder Varinder Singh said of the T20s.

“In this format, it is all about making quick runs on board,” said the man who finished the limited-overs Division Two season with an explosive 62-ball 111* century against ACC on July 17.

Charity, runners-up to Aziz Damani in the lower tier, is without Simon Ssesaazi who recently earned a UK VISA to join teammate Jonathan Ssebanja for a semi-professional stint. Meanwhile, ACC faces holders Patidar Samaj at Kyambogo, the same venue where Tornado Bee will meet KICC later in the afternoon.

Giving chance
The latter trio won all their matches last Sunday and will gear for more of the same. “We are using the T20s’ to give chance to players who didn’t get chance in 50-Over League,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar said.

Perhaps, that’s how batsman Hamza Saleh resurfaced after a huge lull with 84* off 48 while beating JACC.
Elsewhere, Nile will do without inspirational budding star Kenneth Waiswa as he Uganda’s U-19s against Zimbabwe youth sides at an Invitational tournament in Harare Sports Club.

NATIONAL MEN’S TWENTY20 CUP
TODAY’S FIXTURES
AT LUGOGO
Strikers vs. Premier, 10.30am
Mwiri vs. Premier, 2pm

AT KYAMBOGO
Patidar vs. ACC, 10.30am
Tornado Bee vs. KICC, 2pm

AT ENTEBBE
Nile vs. Challengers, 10.30am
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, 2pm

AT BUDO
Kutchi Tigers vs. Tornado Bee, 10.30am
Avengers vs. Tornado, 2pm

AT JINJA SS
Jinja SSS vs. Charity TF, 10.30am
Charity TF vs. JACC, 2pm

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