WANDERERS, ACC FACE-OFF IN BATTLE FOR FINAL PROMOTION SPOT IN DIVISION 2

he only game that matters this weekend is the clash between traditional giants ACC and Wanderers at Kings College Budo Oval.

Both teams find themselves in a must-win situation with Wanderers behind second-placed Avengers by two points while ACC needs to win with a bonus in order to leapfrog both Wanderers and Avengers into the second spot from fourth spot.

Wanderers have had a fairytale season losing just a single game but find themselves in 3rd place behind Avengers mostly because of the games they didn’t get a chance to compete.

n the second round, they had two games washed out and also gave away free points against Avengers and this has left them in a must-win situation. But in case there is rain and no action is possible, the two points gained by Wanderers are sufficient for them to gain promotion considering they have a better NRR than Avengers.

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ACC, on the other hand, will be playing for a very sunny day because they need all match points for them to go through. ACC lies in 4th place but are 6 points behind Avengers in second, and if they are able to win with a bonus point they will go ahead of both Wanderers and Avengers.

However, there is a chance for an ACC win that can deny both sides promotion to the top flight. If ACC beats Wanderers but fails to gain a bonus point it would mean they finish in 3rd place ahead of Wanderers but can’t get enough points to leapfrog Avengers in 2nd place.

Both sides are desperate to go up after years in the Second Division of Uganda Cricket. Unfortunately, joy for one side might mean misery for the other come Sunday.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

PROMOTION PLACES AT STAKE AS ACC TAKE ON AVENGERS IN DIVISION 2 ACTION

ACC has come close to promotion in the past seasons and this year they might lie in 4th place but they have an outside chance of finishing second only if they can go past Avengers.

Avengers who are in second place are the favorites with an 11 point difference between them and ACC.

Avengers who joined the league in 2016 have the ascendence to gain promotion and as long as they can all their remaining games they will be able to go up with Ceylon Lions.

The battle for promotion will go down at Kings College Budo cricket oval and the winner will be guaranteed a shot at promotion.

If ACC loses this encounter they will virtually be out of the race for promotion so they cannot afford slip-ups. They will be hoping that their old guns Micheal Kintu, Amos Kyazze, and Emma Odeng can guide the youngsters to deliver a result they need.

Avengers have the potent of Harsh Panchal the leading wicket-taker in Division 2 with 27 scalps, he will be tasked with finding those early breakthroughs to make sure they limit ACC to a small total.

The weather has been very unpredictable this year and the first round encounter between these two was washed out, they will, therefore, be praying for good weather or even taking the field 1st when you win the toss to try and play a long game.

AVENGERS SURVIVE PREMIER SCARE, ACC COMPOUND BUDO’S PAIN

The Sunday morning downpour washed out the relegation six-pointer at Kyambogo between Patidar and Kutchi Tigers. Both sides had to walk away with just a point not sufficient for either side in their quest for survival.

However, the Division 2 teams were able to play as home side Budo lost by 7 wickets to visitors ACC. The visitors made a good choice to bowl first as they managed to restrict the home side to just 119 all out. David Mwesigwa with 3/25 and Hassan Mpanuka 2/9 took matters into their hands with the ball to restrict Budo from posting a bigger total.

The chase didn’t last long as Jonathan Kiiza (37) showed no emotion for his relegation-threatened former side and he got a perfect partner in Robinson Turianwe (31). The seven-wicket win was wrapped up inside 15 overs. The loss for Budo compounds more miserable for them as they fight to stay in the top flight.

The other Division 2 game at the lakeside oval in Entebbe, second-placed Avengers survived a resilient Premier to win by just 29 runs.

The game reduced to 26 overs due to rain had Avengers batting first and scoring a tempting 153/7 in their 26 overs. Man of Match Calvin Watuwa knocked a team-high 65.

Premier failed to put up any decent partnerships in their chase as they could only manage 124 all out.

The win keeps Avengers in second place while Premier in sixth place, a position they are most likely to keep by the end of the season.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CEYLON LIONS STAY TOP, WANDERERS MOVE INTO SECOND, ACC LOSE GROUND IN DIVISION 2

The top of the National Cricket League Division 2 remained unchanged but there was movement below them as Avengers swapped places with Wanderers who leapfrogged them into second place.

At 57/5 chasing 154 for the win, Wanderers looked out of it but new boy John Gabula held his nerve to score a match-winning half-ton that ensured that Wanderers complete a famous win to put them in the final promotion place.

The game played at the lakeside oval had Avengers batting 1st and setting a decent 157 all out. Stand-in captain Brian Adriko played his cards right making the right bowling changes on a slow wicket to ensure that Avengers don’t run away with the total. Zubair Tembo again led the attack for Wanderers with 3/26 in 8.4 overs.

In the chase, Avengers made early inroads picking up four key wickets to leave Wanderers reeling at 29/4 but a seventh-wicket partnership between Gabula John (55) and Erumuka Timothy (32) sealed the victory for Wanderers to move them into second place at the expense of Avengers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 four years ago this is the 1st time Wanderers is that high up on the table.

In Jinja, table-toppers Ceylon Lions took on the unpredictable Premier on the road in Jinja.

Ceylon Lions won the toss and elected to bat 1st but they were blown away by Premier who had them at 148/8 but tail way between Jonathan Ssebanja (55) and Juma Miyagi (45) ensured that they post a commanding 267 all out in 47 overs.

In the chase, both Juma Miyagi (4/36) and Jonathan Ssebanja (4/20) picked eight wickets between themselves as Premier was bundled out for just 105 all out.

The 162-run win for Ceylon Lions ensures they remain firmly at the top of the table ending their 1st round games unbeaten.

In the other mid-table scrap, Aziz Damani Development picked up a six-wicket win over ACC in Budo. The comfortable win for Damani means they remain in the chase with the top teams while ACC is losing ground in the race for promotion.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

 
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