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That National Men’s Division One 50-Over League holders Tornado Bee had not scored more than 200 runs in any innings this season is a surprise.
And perhaps, Jeremy Kibuukamusoke and company were unaware that they were staring at a second season defeat when opponents Kutchi Tigers reached 145-3 inside the 34th over at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.
With seven wickets in hand, there were 13 overs left to play as the game had prior been reduced to 46 overs due to a soggy outfield left by the morning showers.
Moments after new Kutchi batsman Shailesh Halai had faced two pace deliveries from left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa, play was halted by umpires Patrick Makumbi and Phillip Kahuma.
There was a brief consultation with the game’s scorer Gertrude Chandiru and umpires later called off the game and awarded Tornado Bee five winning points. Why?
“Shailesh went onto the field yet his name was not registered on the team sheet,” Kibuukamusoke told Daily Monitor.
“None of us had noticed it but when Chandiru did not find his name on the submitted team list, she raised the matter to the officials.”
Competition rules indicate that for one to walk onto the field, they must be registered before the two captains toss the coin.
So how did that pass? “We share names in our Kutchi family,” disappointed Tigers’ captain Alphesh Hirani said. “I wrote Hitesh Halai twice and instead of writing Shailesh Halai on the team list. This was a mistake and I apologised for it.” he admitted.
Hirani and teammates pleaded with the umpires but they stuck to the rules. “It was a really harsh decision made. Even my opposing captain understood the situation but umpires insisted on calling off the game.” he helplessly added.
While Tigers remained second from bottom on 11 points from six matches, Tornado Bee moved to 34 points, assuming league leadership.
Our eighth container load of donated gear for Uganda left Bankstown Oval 25th November - thanks to Bankstown Sports Club - who, in case you don’t know, cover all the freight costs for the container each year to arrive at the Uganda Cricket Association. This container is expected to arrive in January 2015.
We greatly appreciate our volunteers who helped pack the 20 foot container... Brian Freedman, Marty Klumpp, Linsey Roworth, Eris Dignam, David Clifton – but special thanks go to Matt Clifton and his mates from uni: Josh Hall, Tim Bennett and Diego Garcia - thanks guys - it made the job so much quicker and easier for us oldies!
See the photos of the latest container being packed.
Prepared by: Bankstown Sports Club.