Nsubuga signing intensifies Damani’s T20s glory quest

When Tornado Bee set pace to dominate the men’s cricket in 2014, they first depleted Patidar Samaj.
Lawrence Ssematimba, Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa left the 2011 league winners to Tornado Bee before Deus Muhumuza and Davis Karashani followed the bandwagon from Tornado and Wanderers.

Tornado Bee went on to dominate the Jazz Safari League, making a three-peat in 2016 title.

As we speak, Tornado Bee has vanished to the core. Remaining stalwarts Mukasa has joined two-time champions Aziz Damani while Muhumuza is off to KICC for the 2019 season. Now depleted Tornado Bee is Damani’s first opponent in the UCA Divisional Twenty20 Championship at the lake side oval in Entebbe today.

This double-header won’t pit Mukasa against his former side as he is away on a semi-professional stint with SG Crescents in Singapore but it marks a swift change of guard.

“All players in the paid ranks have been taken away,” Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke told Sunday Monitor.
“So we are going to become a media darling as everyone will sympathise with us,” he said.

Last season, Tornado Bee’s fall from grace was evident as they finished fifth in 50-Over League before Damani bundled them out at the quarterfinal stage in the Unimoni National T20 Cup.

“It is a big blow. But it is good to start and build again. We shall give it our all. “When you are looked at as the underdog, you have more chances,” added Kibuukamusoke.

Brothers signed
Damani has added Mukasa and his elder brother Frank Nsubuga to their unit, intensifying their quest more glory. “We want to take a Cup again. We want to be champions again,” remarked Aziz Damani captain Ghulam Hunzai.

Nsubuga is available to play but the Waiswas’ Kenneth and Charles are still playing in the Singapore Elite Player Series (EPS) while Riazat Ali and Bilal Hassun are in Pakistan for pre-season.

“We shall try our best since we still have a good team,” added Hunzai. Elsewhere, KICC meets Kutchi Tigers in Lugogo with the latter having let Ankit Patel return to captain newly promoted Patidar.

UCA DIVISIONAL T20 TOURNAMENT
TODAY’S FIXTURES - 10:30AM & 2PM
DIVISION ONE
KICC vs. Kutchi Tigers, Lugogo
Challengers vs. SKLPS, Kyambogo
Aziz Damani vs. Tornado Bee, Entebbe
DIVISION TWO
Ceylon Lions vs. Premier, Budo

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Kyobe, Nsubuga lead Sikh Union to T20 glory in Kenya

Cricket Cranes mainstays Arthur Kyobe and Frank Nsubuga made hay on their semi-professional stints as they led their Kenyan side Sikh Union to a four-wicket win over Swamibapa in the Harilal Shah Memorial Twenty20 final at the Nairobi Gymkhana Oval on November 12.

Swamibapa captain Lameck Onyango won the toss and his openers Alex Obanda (55 off 47) and Naman Patel (21 off 21) went about their job of building a solid base clinically as they batted first.

But Ugandans, whose Kenyan franchise had endured a lukewarm season, raised the bar to ensure their team had something to cheer about in the season-ender.

First Kyobe, made a difficult running catch from long-on look easy fodder off the bowling of Tarandeep Singh to get rid of Patel with scoreboard reading 43 for 1 after 7.4 overs.

Then Nsubuga helped Abdul Rehman snare his first of the evening with a sharp catch from deep mid-wicket to dismiss the dangerous Nehemiah Ngoche Odhiambo for just four runs at 74 for2 in 10.2 overs.

The Ugandan off-spinner opened the bowling and his figures of 1 for 17 in 4 were a perfect foil for Rehman who destroyed the favourites batting line-up with superb figures of 5 for 21 as Swamibapa fell from 105 for 5 to 121 all out in 19.1 overs.

“Our bowlers didn’t give away too much,” said Kyobe, who shone with a match-winning knock of 31 off 35 balls at No.3 as Sikh Union sailed over the line with nine balls to spare.

“They made sure we would chase a target that was within our reach. We were under no pressure because we needed just six per over. I played at three because they had some left-arm spinners that were troubling our right hand batsmen. It is always good to go across the border and return victorious. It augurs well for our reputation and keeping in mind that we have big tournaments coming up.”

Nadeem Ahmed played anchor role for Kyobe with a 30 as Jadavji Bhimji 2/20 and Saumil Patel 1/21 tried to put the brakes on the chase in vain.

Harilal Shah Memorial T20 Tournament
Results – Final
Swamibapa 121/10 
Sikh Union 122/6 
Sikh Union won by four wickets
Upcoming Tournaments
Nov. 18-25: Takashinga-Kenya Tour Series
Feb – June 2017: ICC WCL Division Three

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