Two batsmen Lloyd Paternott and Nanji Pindoriya carried the day as the Jazz Safari National League returned following a two-week break.
First, Pindoriya showed signs ‘old is gold’ when he struck the season’s second century of 103* runs off 122 balls to guide Kutchi Tigers to a 163-run victory over Patidar Samaj at Lugogo Oval.
“It was wonderful,” the 36-year-old told this paper. “I wanted to bat all the 50 overs but sadly, the rain came into the picture,” Pindoriya said.
The left-hander, who once played with Indian batsman Suresh Raina, made eight boundaries and a six he guided Tigers to a total of 304-3 in 45 overs.
The target for 2011 champions Patidar was revised via the Duckworth & Lewis Method (D/L) to 318 in 42 overs by umpires Paul Okecho and James Bamulese.
But only a small matter of Gaurang Patel’s batting (41 off 49) worried Tigers who made it two wins in four matches.
At the University Oval in Kyambogo, title holders Tornado Bee made it five wins in five after beating Charity Trust Fund by 163 runs thanks to Lloyd Paternott’s reactionary half-ton.
Having scored a duck off on his Cricket Cranes’ debut - Game Five of the Easter Series against Kenya on Thursday - Paternott, born in Uganda and raised in England, gave Charity bowlers lots of work to do as he made 66 runs off 100 balls on his league debut.
He made eight fours and shared 43 runs for the fourth wicket with Roger Mukasa (43 off 58) as Tornado Bee set 139-4 in 40 overs, later revised to 180.
Any ideas of meeting the required total for Charity were quashed by Cyrus Kibuukamusoke who enjoyed a fine bowling spell of 5/26 in eight overs.
Only Varinder Singh (28 off 41) stood out as Charity a suffered a fourth successive defeat.
“We are taking one game at a time,” Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke said of the team’s run.
JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL LEAGUE
Kutchi Tigers 304/3  Patidar Samaj 154/10
(Kutchi Tigers won 163 runs via DL)
Tornado Bee 139/4  Charity TF 100/10
(Tornado Bee won by 79 via D/L)
SKLPS 93/10 Premier 94/8
(Premier won by 2 wickets)
ACC vs. Strikers
(Match washed out in Budo)
Mwiri 188/10 JACC 99/10
(Mwiri won by 89 runs)
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA