CEYLON LIONS MAINTAIN TOP SPOT, AVENGERS CLOSES GAP ON WANDERERS

Ceylon Lions kept a firm grip on top spot opening up a 10 point gap between them and second-place Wanderers and are now favorites for promotion as one of the two teams to go up to Division 1.

Ceylon made very light work of Premier at the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe defeating them by six wickets.

Premier won the toss and chose to bat first but Ruwan Jayaratne had other ideas as he picked up 5/17 to restrict Premier to 67 all out.

The run chase lasted only 52 balls as Lions knocked off the required runs despite losing four wickets.

The win means Ceylon Lions will stay on top of the table and are starting to creating distance between them and the rest of the chasing pack.

The other games in Division 2 were a no contest but the results had repercussions both at the top and bottom of the table.

Budo was a no show for their game against Avengers at home giving Avengers a walkover. The result drops Budo to the bottom of the table while Avengers gains distance on Wanderers in second place.

Wanderers suffered the misfortune of rain in Jinja as the whole second innings was washed out.

Despite Wanderers posting an imposing 219 all out with Brian Adriko (54) and Joseph Byaruhanga (47) with telling contributions, at the start of the second innings the heavens let loose and there was no more action possible as Jinja SSS claimed a precious point.

The point meant that Jinja SSS moved above Budo into seventh place to move out the relegation place.

On the other hand, Wanderers dropped three crucial points and with Avengers winning, it means the latter closes the gap on Wanderers who are in the second promotion place.

With Ceylon Lions running away from the rest of the pack, the battle for the final promotion place is turning into a three-team race as Wanderers, Avengers and Aziz Damani all have a chance of promotion.

At the bottom, Jinja SSS and Budo are only separated by a single point making the drop also very interesting.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

WANDERERS CHASE AVENGERS AS CEYLON LIONS SEEK TO MAINTAIN TOP SPOT IN DIVISION 2

Division 2 Fixtures

Match | Wanderers CC Vs Avengers CC
Venue | Entebbe Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Match | Ceylon Lions CC Vs Premier CC
Venue | Jinja SSS Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Wanderers will face Avengers in their final first-round game as they seek to dislodge Avengers from second place in Division 2.

With Ceylon Lions firmly rooted at the top the battle for the final automatic promotion place is a battle between Avengers and Wanderers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 three years ago Wanderers look good for promotion having only lost one game in the first round. They have ridden their luck at times like in the narrow win over ACC and also the point picked up in the rain-affected draw with table toppers Ceylon Lions.

Wanderers will be hoping that Brian Adriko is still in the mood to score runs while the Division 2 leading wicket-taker Arnold Tembo is fit enough to cause damage.

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Avengers failed to go past Ceylon Lions two weeks a loss that took stream out of their season. They will definitely give Wanderers a run for their money in what should be the game of the weekend.

The other Division 2 game has Ceylon Lions taking on Premier in Jinja. The table-toppers are favourites to win on the road with a hurting Premier who were cheated by rain last weekend on the same ground.

Ceylon Lions are yet to lose a game this season and that run will be tested by an experienced Premier side.

Ceylon Lions have relied on the runs of team captain Rowan Jayantrne and youngster Robinson Obuya and Jonathan Ssebanja for wickets. Kenyan international Alex Obanda is yet to light up the league but he is just a big knock away from showing his class.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

CEYLON LIONS, AVENGERS PICK-UP WINS IN RACE FOR PROMOTION

  • Avengers CC 177 (Kothari Utkarsh 43 runs off 71 balls, Shubhajeet Ganguly 34 off 72 balls) 42.5 overs BEAT Premier CC 92 in 27 27.4 by 85 runs. Player of the Match: Harsh Panchal
  • Ceylon Lions CC 160/1 (Alex Obanda 51 off 33 balls, Ruwan Ruyaratne 72 not out off 50 balls) IN 14.1 overs BEAT KC Budo CC 156 IN 34.5 overs by 9 wickets. Player of the Match: Rawan Ruyaratne with batting figures of 72 not out off 50 balls and bowling figures of 2/41 in 7 overs.

Ceylon Lions picked up a 9-wicket win over home side Budo to continue their charge to the top of Division 2 table while second-placed Avengers managed to defeat Premier in Jinja.

Ceylon Lions won the toss and chose to field first but were surprised by the resilience of the home side as the pair of Joel Simiyu (49) and Gerald Oroma (34) helped their team post a commendable 156 in 35 overs.

In the chase, a first wicket partnership between team captain Ruwan Jayarante (72) and Alex Obanda (51) contributed 116 runs to deflate the home sides chance of a win. Ruwan who missed most his first-round games played a class innings as he inspired his side to an expected win, the win allows Ceylon Lions to continue their ascendence to the top of the table.

In Jinja, Premier won the toss and elected to field 1st but failed to capitalize on their core strength allowing Avengers to score 177 with Kothari Utkarsh (43) and Shubhajeet Ganguly (34) the main contributors.

In the chase Harsh Panchal (4/39) ensured the win for his side as Premier was bundled out for 92 in just 27 overs.

The win for Avengers moves them to the top of the table as Premier are struggling in the bottom pile of the table.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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