Tornado B top-order batsman Roger Mukasa struck a decisive 99-ball 154 century to help his side defeat Wanderers by 144 runs for their sixth successive Division One National 50-Over League win at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday. “I am happy with many returns today,” a calm but enchanted Mukasa said after huge victory chants in his team’s locker-room.
After four innings of mediocre batting at an average of 31, the 25-year-old’s bat produced 18 fours and five maximums. His effort not only yielded the competition’s fourth century but also the highest score by a batsman this year. “I expected it [century]. I played on that wicket yesterday (Saturday) and it was good enough for me to prove a point today,” he said. “I hope I keep the form until when it is needed most in the national team colours.”
Although it wasn’t Mukasa’s highest career score, his knock was enough to earn him $200 (Shs520,000) from two members and a new bat from club founder William Kibuukamusoke.Best ever innings“I have witnessed the best ever innings by my man ROGER MUKASA... This guy is a batting genius! A crisp clean hitter!” tweeted Mukasa’s teammate Davis Karashani. “Had it not been Mukasa, the margin between both teams would have been small,” said Wanderers’ captain Hamu Kayondo.
In at four with the scoreboard reading 52-2 after 11.5 overs, Mukasa had a 41-run third wicket stand with Akbar Baig (32 off 67) before his elder brother Lawrence Ssematimba (22 off 35) rotated the strike for a 97-run fourth-wicket combo. Mukasa was dropped midway his 70s’ but after frustrating bowlers Duncan Mugabe (3/62) and Trevor Kapere (2/39), Tornado B coasted to 297 for 9.
Wanderers’ response did not meet Mukasa’s total. Only Denis Musali (31 off 78) and Nasir Muhammed (34 off 77) gave a challenge as veteran coach Sam Walusimbi’s charges were bowled out for 153 with Mukasa, Moses Otiti, Davis Karashani and John Mpande taking two scalps each.
National 50-over league results
Tornado B 297/9 Wanderers 153/10
Charity vs. Rounders was washed out at Jinja SS Oval
Warriors 215/10 Premier 58/10
Patidar 158/10 ACC 145/10