Damani dismantle Charity to go top of Jazz Safari National Cricket League

Aziz Damani hurried Charity Trust Fund off the oval for their second successive win to go top of the Jazz Safari National Cricket League by eight wickets at Kyambogo Oval with 13 points after three matches on March 26.

Their closest chasers Challengers, recovering from their last outing setback where they went down by nine wickets to Damani, bridged the gap to one point in an equally ruthless manner with an eight-wicket win over sorry Patidar Samaj at the lakeside Entebbe Oval. But Division II graduates Damani, who lost their opening game to Tornado Bee, own the bragging rights for now after recovering to pick up two wins on the bounce.

On Sunday, they bowled out a student-packed Charity Trust Fund for a basketball score of 47 thanks to classy seam-bowling spells of 6/17 and 3/17 from Man-of-the-Match Kenneth Waiswa and rejuvenated Emmanuel Isaneez. Charity didn’t help their cause with carefree batting as witnessed by their top order batters Simon Ssesaazi (17 off 23) and Varinder Singh (12 off 29) who gifted the opposition their wickets cheaply after getting starts.

Damani top order batters Arnold Otwani (16 off 15), Emmanuel Hasahya (13* off 22) and coach-player Steve Tikolo (8*) survived a few scores on their to victory inside nine overs. 
Across town in Entebbe, national team trainees Irfan Afridi (4/1) and David Wabwire (4/12) partnered to bowl out Patidar for 40 before Mohammed Aneef (18) and Arthur Kyobe (12*) breezed home in just four overs. In Jinja, Amos Kyazze and Emma Odeng helped Africa Cricket Club get off the mark with a 44-run win over JACC.

WEEKEND RESULTS 
Division I
Nile 189/9 K.Tigers 142/10
Charity 47/10 A. Damani 48/2
Patidar 40/10Challengers 41/1
Division II
Africa 173/8 Jinja SS 129/8
K. Pirates 157/10 Mwiri 82/10
Division III
Nyakasura 178/10 JACC 75/10

By INNOCENT NDAWULA & DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Charity hope to carry rhythm to T20 League

Week One of the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup sent out a glimpse of what to expect; ‘boom boom cricket’ like former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi would say.

Yet again, more runs are expected as batsmen attempt to suffocate bowlers again in 10 contests at five different grounds today.
To begin with, 2012 T20 finalists Charity Trust Fund will carry their momentum after earning promotion back to the top tier when they face hosts Jinja SSS and JACC across the Nile River.

Quick runs
“This is a whole different ball game,” Charity’s all-rounder Varinder Singh said of the T20s.

“In this format, it is all about making quick runs on board,” said the man who finished the limited-overs Division Two season with an explosive 62-ball 111* century against ACC on July 17.

Charity, runners-up to Aziz Damani in the lower tier, is without Simon Ssesaazi who recently earned a UK VISA to join teammate Jonathan Ssebanja for a semi-professional stint. Meanwhile, ACC faces holders Patidar Samaj at Kyambogo, the same venue where Tornado Bee will meet KICC later in the afternoon.

Giving chance
The latter trio won all their matches last Sunday and will gear for more of the same. “We are using the T20s’ to give chance to players who didn’t get chance in 50-Over League,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar said.

Perhaps, that’s how batsman Hamza Saleh resurfaced after a huge lull with 84* off 48 while beating JACC.
Elsewhere, Nile will do without inspirational budding star Kenneth Waiswa as he Uganda’s U-19s against Zimbabwe youth sides at an Invitational tournament in Harare Sports Club.

NATIONAL MEN’S TWENTY20 CUP
TODAY’S FIXTURES
AT LUGOGO
Strikers vs. Premier, 10.30am
Mwiri vs. Premier, 2pm

AT KYAMBOGO
Patidar vs. ACC, 10.30am
Tornado Bee vs. KICC, 2pm

AT ENTEBBE
Nile vs. Challengers, 10.30am
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, 2pm

AT BUDO
Kutchi Tigers vs. Tornado Bee, 10.30am
Avengers vs. Tornado, 2pm

AT JINJA SS
Jinja SSS vs. Charity TF, 10.30am
Charity TF vs. JACC, 2pm

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Varinder century guides Charity back to topflight

Heartbeat rates for Charity Trust Fund’s players are now back to normal after they completed the gruesome Jazz Safari Men’s 50-Over Division Two League in second position.

And not just that, the club also sealed promotion back to the topflight with a seven-wicket victory over Africa Cricket Club (ACC) at Budo on Sunday. This sense of renewed hope comes within seven months since Charity were relegated to the lower tier in 2015. 
Many will put that demotion to the absence of experienced Jonathan Ssebanja, who was in UK for a semi-professional stint at the time. 
Even this year, Ssebanja returned to Europe but Charity management led by Patrick Luyinda were wise enough to fill his void with Singh brothers Narinder and Varinder.

“We are now a Division One outfit,” Varinder said after scoring a decisive century of 111* runs as they ably chased a target of 239 to beat 2007 topflight champions ACC. “I was unlucky for a couple of games but this time round, I took my time and avoided a run-out.” The 22-year-old’s ton, eighth overall of the season, ensured he finished the season with 396 runs from 10 innings and 20 wickets.
He hopes to snatch the MVP Award. And now back to the big stage, Varinder expects more. “We are not a bad side. A couple of new signings will make us even better,” he added.

Only a week after losing to Division Two champions Aziz Damani, Varinder (3/46) and Narinder (4/59) enjoyed their spells with the balls. But ACC’s Amos Kyazze (30 off 57), skipper Richard Lwamafa (43 off 37) and Brian Kiiza (27 off 23) stuck on the crease like gum to sneak to a respectable total.

Charity lost their openers in 5.1 overs but Varinder had other ideas. He made six boundaries and five maximums off 62 balls and shared an uninterrupted fifth-wicket combo of 176 runs with Lawrence Ssempijja (69* off 75).

Men’s div 2 results 
SKLPS 115/10 Premier 117/8 
(Premier won by two wickets)
ACC 238/10 Charity TF 240/3 
(Charity TF won by seven wickets)
Jinja SS 155/10 Aziz Damani 156/5 
(Damani won by five wickets)

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Chandiru lifts Tornado Bee over Charity Trust Fund

Tornado Bee are enjoying every bit of cricket in the National Women’s 50-Over League.
The 2015 runners-up maintained their flawless season start with a 157-run win over Charity Trust Fund at the lakeside Oval in Entebbe on Saturday. That third victory in as many games was orchestrated by a commanding display from Gertrude Chandiru.
The 22-year-old hit her first season half-ton of 56* before blowing away the opposition with the ball. 
“I was relaxed all day,” said Chandiru, the former KICC skipper. “I did a lot of work on my batting throughout the week and eventually got what I wanted.” There were a few cracks before Chandiru perfectly modeled Tornado Bee’s pot. 
Captain Naome Kayondo (1/4) departed early after 2.3 overs. Her fellow opener Saidat Kemigisha (45 off 53) and Racheal Ntono (25 off 20) combined well for a 50-run second-wicket partnership.

Charity’s pillar Martha Akello (3/47) then bothered the middle order. As scoreboard read 105-3 midway the 18th over, Chandiru struck five boundaries off 100 balls. 
She shared 73 runs with Ritah Nyangendo (25* off 36) for an unbeaten eighth wicket to set 249-6.
On picking the ball, Chandiru took impressive figures of 6/13 while Kayondo picked 3/15 as Charity’s challenge wobbled.
Their captain Joselyn Nakato resisted with a 40-ball 21 but they were bowled out in 25 overs, a second loss in as many.

Weekend results 
DIVISION ONE
Tornado Bee 249/6 Charity TF 92/10
(Tornado Bee won by 157 runs)
DIVISION TWO
Nile vs. Olila 
(Nile earned a walkover).

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Serial chokers Charity suffer loss to Tornado in cricket league

Charity Trust Fund continued to bear the season’s chokers’ tag as they yet again flattered to deceive in an 11-run defeat to Tornado despite vital skipper Jonathan Ssebanja’s return at Kyambogo Oval. 
It’s a result that left both outfits with contrasting moments to look reflect to as the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League approaches its final bend. For their superb bowling accompanied with batting self-destruction, youthful Charity continued to languish in the relegation zone with just 18 points and need a miracle to survive. 
The 2012 champions Tornado may have been mediocre all day but their experience lifted them to third place on 32 points to guarantee safety. “Charity would have won but they just let it go,” said Tornado’s Deus Muhumuza. 
“We just stayed calm, they fumbled as the effect of our experience took its toll,” noted skipper Frank Nsubuga, arguably man-of-match. 
Three maidens from Cosmas Kyewuto (3/10) and Ssebanja (2/20) squeezed Tornado at 28-5 in the opening 12.5 overs. Somehow, evergreen Nsubuga changed the tune with 12 boundaries in a 67-ball 75 half-ton. It was here that Nsubuga also threaded a 68-run combo with fellow veteran Benjamin Musoke (43 off 94) for Tornado to set 151 in 48.3 overs. The manner in which Charity failed to win is one would equate to failing to recognize one’s own parents. By the time Ssebanja’s (30 off 28) wicket fell, they were 94-5 at 16.5 overs. 
Despite Lawrence Ssempijja’s fortitude (34* off 40), Brian Masaba wrapped up the remaining batsmen for a five-wicket haul before Mitch Horrocks’ run-out dismissal of Kyewuto pounded the agony in the 30th over.

Division One results
Challengers 159/10 Kutchi Tigers 106/10
(Challengers won by 53 runs)
Tornado 153/10 Charity TF 142/10
(Tornado won by 11 runs)

DIVISION TWO
ACC 197/10 Mwiri 199/6
(Mwiri won by four wickets)

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