Tornado in final chance

Cricket. Ssematimba, with an average of 58 runs in three innings this month, is confident they will overcome sister side in today’s 30-over League final.

Lawrence Ssematimba may be a disappointed man after failing to make the team to the on-going ICC Global Twenty20 Global World Cup Qualifiers in UAE. But the 30-year-old is not entirely upset. The Tornado B batsman cum wicket-keeper is delighted to have found some form with the bat lately.

Ssematimba has averaged 58 runs in three innings this month after making scores of 91, 40 and 42 against Charity Trust Fund and Rounders in the 50-Over League.

Seven days ago, his score of 42 gave Tornado B the upper hand over ACC to reach the National 30-Over League final in which they face sister side Tornado at Kyambogo today.

“I feel I am in good stead,” Ssematimba told Saturday Monitor as he did some press-ups at Lugogo on Thursday evening. “I want to keep this shape and form so as to win my place back to the national fold,” he added.

But before retaining his slot, Ssematimba wants to exhibit his form against a Tornado side that wants to add some silverware to their cabinet having failed to retain the National T20 League and 50-over titles.

Despite Tornado missing key players Frank Nsubuga, Arthur Kyobe, Richard Okia and Raymond Otim, Ssematimba and teammates will need to negotiate new leg-break bowler Salim Afridi and U-19 left-arm spinner Mohammed Akmal. “We may look depleted on paper but our never-say-die’character will get us victory. This is our last chance to restore parity in such a doomed season.” Tornado stand-in skipper Grace Mutyagaba said.

Gloves man Mutyagaba will have Deus Muhumuza and veteran Benjamin Musoke as his main batsmen against a bowling unit of Cyrus Kibuukamusoke and Akbar Baig.

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