They may have survived the relegation monster last year but Challengers Cricket Club are now showing all signs of potential National Men’s Division One 50-Over League title contenders.
Having suffered a painful 117-run loss to KICC two weeks back, Challengers showed character by dusting themselves very quickly to beat defending champions Tornado Bee by 45 runs at the lakeside oval in Entebbe on Sunday.
“We had a few in-house problems (against KICC) which we sorted,” Challengers captain Mohammed Aneef told Daily Monitor after their third win in four matches.
“By picking ourselves up with a win over the champions clearly shows we want to dethrone them.” Interestingly, defeat for Tornado Bee was not only the first in three games but also, it was their maiden loss in 12 limited-overs matches since the shock four-wicket loss to KICC on June 7, 2015.
“We did not apply ourselves well with the bat during the chase,” Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke admitted.
Unlike last year’s run fest between the two, this was a low-scoring contest. After Aneef opted to bat, top-order pair Arthur Kyobe and Daniel Ruyange struggled to play on the unpredictable wicket.
But Hamu Kayondo (22 off 46), Naseer Ahmed (25 off 43) and Ivan Thawithemwira (34 off 64) resisted John Mpande (3/21) and Deus Muhumuza’s (2/23) tricky bowling spells for Challengers to set 160 in 47.2 overs. Aneef (4/20) and left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo (4/16) shared eight scalps, enough to stifle their opponents’ mission. Only Roger Mukasa stood out with a run-a-ball knock of 39.
SUNDAY league RESULTS
K. Tigers 279/10 Wanderers 145/10
Challengers 160/10 Tornado Bee 115/10
- Published in National League