Some six months ago, Nile were pipped by Tornado Bee to the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League crown.
In the same season, the side had made it to the Sixes Challenge and National Twenty20 League but lost both to KICC and Patidar Samaj respectively.
Basing on that, Nile were on expected to upgrade at all fronts this year. Shockingly, David Musoke and company are now lingering in the relegation.
The 1995 champions slumped to danger zone following a 31-run loss to Kutchi Tigers at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
“We had most of our players missing on the day due to personal reasons,” offered Nile’s senior player Martin Ondeko. "Our batting was most affected,"
The trio of Micheal Ndiko, Richard Agamire and Simon Ayella were all unavailable. But this has stuck out like a sore thumb for Nile this season.
Last month, Ondeko too missed matches against Tornado and KICC. “Sometimes, such situations are unavoidable in a season,” he said.
Defeat to Tigers was the fourth of the season as Nile dropped to seventh, only better than bottom side Wanderers. Tigers got relief, moving to sixth on 16 points.
Ayella’s absence depleted Nile’s bowling and despite Abubaker Seguya’s 3/9, they could not contain Jitesh Gorasia whose 54-ball 53 comprised four boundaries and a six.
Nanji Pindoria (18 off 29) and Lalji Gondaria (17 off 39) helped Tigers to 118 in 29.2 overs. Chasing the target in 30 overs, Nile were clueless with bat and only Seguya (24 off 35) and Ivan Kakande (21 off 33) made respectable scores.
Elsewhere, shell-shocked is the perfect description of how Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs’ (KICC) dressing looked like following a five-run loss to 2012 champions Tornado at Lugogo Oval.
NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE
Tornado 118/7 KICC 113/9
(Tornado won by five runs)
Kutchi Tigers 118/10 Nile 87/10
(Kutchi Tigers won by 31 runs)
Charity TF 221/10 Mwiri 111/10
(Charity won by 110 runs)
SKLPS 142/10 Jinja SS 114/10
(SKLPS won by 28 runs)