A classic century of 103 runs off 49 deliveries from Irfan Afridi gave Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) a 143-run victory over Charity Trust Fund at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.
“I am really happy,” the smiling right-hand batsman told Daily Monitor after his feat capped a perfect return for KICC back to the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League tier since 2003.
He first played cricket when he came to Kampala for business from home town Karachi, Pakistan two years ago. No wonder Sunday felt so distinct.
“After thorough training in the nets, I just went out there and just hit the ball without fear,” the 29-year-old said while clearing beads of sweat from his face.“And this being my first century, this is a special day.”
Reeling at 78-4 after 19.2 overs, little did youthful Charity fielders know the trouble ahead of them when Afridi walked in at six. He briefly shared the crease with Emmanuel Isaneez (46 off 62) in a 31-run fifth-wicket partnership.
Then, Afridi combined glorious delicacy with sheer power as he bludgeoned two boundaries and 12 maximums in a 98-run combo with Asadu Seiga (59 off 41) and by the time Viraj Patel savoured 4-56, KICC had set a mammoth 323 in 45.1 overs.
For large swathes of the second innings, the absence of Jonathan Ssebanja’s batting maturity was vivid and meant chasing the league’s highest score was going to be tedious for Charity.