Bowling brothers lead KICC, Tornado Bee through

On a day that had several batsmen feeble, siblings Frank Nsubuga and Roger Mukasa stood with superb bowling spells to guide their respective sides KICC and Tornado Bee through in the Jazz Safari National League on Sunday.

There was no much afternoon action for many to catch as Nsubuga took parsimonious figures of 7/17 to guide KICC to a seven-wicket win over Nile, their first victory of the season at Lugogo Oval.

Veteran Nsubuga’s moment of brilliance involving three maidens in 9.4 overs had Nile wither from 42-2 to 48-9 over a span of just seven overs. “I just did the basic things,” Nsubuga would later say.
Not even Nile’s opener Martin Ondeko survived that wrath. He however, top-scored with 29 runs off 57 balls as his side set 61 runs in 26.4 overs.

Kenyan Gurdeep Singh (16 off 9), Arthur Ziraba (21* off 24) and Siraj Nsubuga (18* off 18) met the target after 10.1 overs.

Nsubuga’s sibling Mukasa covered up for his duck with figures of 5/28 as Tornado Bee made it four in four with a 14-run win over Kutchi Tigers at the lake side oval in Kyambogo.

Off-colour batting had Francis Othieno (29 off 60) and Deus Muhumuza (29 off 51) help Tornado Bee meander Kenyan imports Hiren Varaiya (3/9) and Shem Ngoche (2/25) to set 133 in 49.5 overs.

But Mukasa stood out with some ruthless bowling that had Tigers stutter from 66-3 to 78-6 and despite Bharat Ghodadra making 40 off 83, they fell short.

It means Tornado Bee moved 22 points, two points behind leaders Aziz Damani who chased Patidar Samaj’s score of 37 runs in 21 balls in Kyambogo.
Damani bowlers Kenneth Waiswa (4/9) and Fahad Sadiq (3/4) had done the harder part before Arnold Otwan (21 off 10) sealed the win.

JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL LEAGUE
WEEKEND RESULTS
DIVISION ONE
Nile 61/10 KICC 65/3
(KICC won by 7 wickets)
Patidar Samaj 37/10 Aziz Damani 40/1
(Damani won by 9 wickets)

By Allan Darren Kyeyune
Tornado Bee 133/10 Kutchi Tigers 119/10
(Tornado Bee won by 14 runs)

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KICC survive nervy finish to remain top

It was difficult to realise that both KICC and Charity Trust Fund were yet to lose in five National Men’s Twenty20 Cup ties as they faced off at Lugogo Oval on Sunday morning. All seemed ordinary until after midday when KICC went on to win by three runs in a very tense finish. The best had been saved for last.

“We put up the best display and deserved to win,” said KICC bowler Emmanuel Taban after he staved off the opposition when they needed nine runs to win off the last over.

Enroute to their sixth straight win in Group A, KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar had opted to bat first upon winning the toss. When opener Irfan Afridi was caught by Ronald Opio off Collin Abong (3/19) for a duck after two overs, Katkar backed his decision with a neat 37-ball 32*.

Teenager Siraj Nsubuga latter made five boundaries to top-score with 44 off 25 balls as the 2014 finalists KICC survived Varinder Singh (2/18) and Innocent Ndawula (2/9) to set 113-8. Charity bowlers’ donkey work seemed to go to waste when openers Opio and Edmond Musasizi departed for a combined eight runs after 2.1 overs. 
Varinder (30 off 27), captain Lawrence Ssempijja (18 off 22) and Roger Makwasi (14 off 23) all guided the team out of Egypt but the Promised Land seemed far.

With fans cheering, the Charity locker room on their feet and KICC players unfazed, the final batting combo of Abong (6* off 8) and Emma Kamya (8* off 8) failed to get the required 11 runs off the last 12 balls. “We were under pressure,” Abong said later after an exchange with some of his teammates. “The top order should have done better.”

Charity dusted themselves by beating Kutchi Tigers for a 25-run victory courtesy of superb bowling from the experienced Ndawula.

The chinaman took man-of-match honours after picking 3/13 off 22 deliveries that left Tigers staggering while chasing a target of 107. Across other venues, there were more nervy endings such as Mwiri chasing Avengers’ 163/8 to win by a wicket with a ball to spare in Budo. Similarly, Pirates’ Robinson Turinawe (3/22) helped Pirates defend their 145/9 against hosts JACC.

Weekend t20 results 
Wanderers 126/2 Strikers 129/5 
(Strikers won by five wickets)
KICC 113/8 Charity TF 110/7
(KICC won by 3 runs)
Charity TF 107/8 Kutchi Tigers 82/10
(Charity TF won by 25 runs)
Tornado 165/4 SKLPS 105/8
(Tornado won by 60 runs)
Premier 117/9 Tornado 115/10 
(Premier won by 2 runs)
Tornado Bee 165/5 KC Budo 113/8
(Tornado Bee won by 52 runs)
Patidar 87/8 Tornado Bee 90/1
(Tornado Bee won by nine wickets)

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Well-oiled KICC in T20s cruise control

The ghosts that haunt Tornado Bee in the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup are not about to stop. Despite dominating the 50-Over League with four straight titles since 2013, they keep staggering in the shorter version of the gentleman’s game.

Sunday marked another low in their T20s. Their morning opponents ACC were awarded a walkover after Tornado Bee fielded an illegal player, Lawrence Ssematimba. “His (Ssematimba) name was mistakenly left off the list and it was only realised when we were going to the field,” a disappointed batsman Nicholas Kebba said.

The afternoon at Lugogo Oval also psychologically tortured Tornado Bee as their contest against Charity Trust Fund got washed out. They have now won two and lost as many in five outings.

Runners-up four-years ago, Charity remained one of the three unbeaten sides including fellow Group A outfits Patidar Samaj and KICC.

While Patidar also decried afternoon downpour that washed out their tie against Jinja SS, they had smiled to a 173-run win over JACC. 
It was set up by Emmanuel Isaneez’s 38-ball 67* and Daniel Batuwa’s 42 off 25 and after setting 207/5, Patidar skipper Ankit Patel stunned JACC’s batsmen with figures of 7/13.

KICC, 2014 runners-up, advanced to the last eight following four-wicket and 50-run wins over Kampala Pirates and Budo in turn. “We grow stronger by the day,” a boastful KICC captain Hanumant Katkar said. To ensure five in five, KICC had Frank Nsubuga (2/5 & 22 off 14) and Arthur Ziraba (38 off 25) to thank in respective ties.

NATIONAL TWENTY20 CUP - SELECTED RESULTS
Tornado Bee vs. ACC
(ACC walkover)
Tornado Bee vs. Charity 
( Washed Out)
Challengers174/7 Avengers 155/6
Wanderers 63/4 Tornado 59/5
Kampala Pirates 81/7 KICC 82/6 
KICC 141/9 Budo 91/5

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Only time can get KICC better - Katkar

It is now close to two decades since Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) won the Men’s National Division One 50-Over League title. 
That lull is attributed to several factors, some of which included a decline in interest among the club’s top bosses. 
However, things changed two years ago when a rejuvenated KICC signed 12 new players. That propelled them to winning the Division Two title and earn promotion to the topflight.
Last year, the Sudhir Ruparelia-financed KICC were near relegation as they finished in sixth place.

And despite an opening five-wicket loss to holders Tornado Bee at Kyambogo Oval last weekend, KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar believes they can go on to win this year’s league crown. 
“Look, we only lost to Tornado Bee because players weren’t that familiar with one another,” Katkar told Daily Monitor.

The 1998 winners KICC signed Cricket Cranes duo Arthur Ziraba and Frank Nsubuga from Tornado, Siraj Nsubuga joined from Challengers while Hamza Saleh returned from a year’s sabbatical. 
Veteran Nsubuga struck four boundaries and two maximums in a 70-ball 41. But KICC managed to set a meagre 101 runs in 37.2 overs, a target Tornado Bee met inside 24 overs.

“All we need now is to alccamatise with with one another,” Katkar said, “Going by the signings and in comparison with other teams, we are bettered equipped in batting and bowling. Therefore, we should mount a bigger challenge this year.”
But while Ruparelia awaits his money’s worth in season dividends, KICC’s opponents won’t wait for them to gel. And thus another more competitive season is on the cards.

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Advantage Tornado B after win over KICC

Tornado B beat Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by five wickets at Budo on Saturday to blow away the latter’s hopes and take the driver’s seat in the race for the National Women’s 40-Over League title.

Jackson Ogwang’s ladies were ruthless with the ball as they restricted KICC to 71 before chasing it in quick time for the loss of five wickets to go top with 68 points from 13 matches.
“It was a good and comfortable win,” a delighted Ogwang told Daily Monitor. “We bowled excellently and then one brilliant knock got us home.”

For star-studded KICC, it was an end to their nine-match winning streak as they slipped into second place and now trail the leaders by two points.

Sixes Challenge champions Tornado B can now clinch the title if they beat third-placed Pioneer in their final match this weekend. But, the result, too, put Pioneer back into the title frame after they saw off 2012 winners Charity Trust Fund by 113 runs at Kyambogo. They can also win the league if they triumph in their remaining two fixtures.

Nonetheless, its Ogwang and his team (with an average age of 16) that are happiest. Devoid of key players, they suffered an eight-run defeat to KICC in the first round on August 22. 
But they healed the wounds with a clinical shift on the day.

WOMEN LEAGUE - SATURDAY 
KICC 71/9 Tornado B 72/5
Pioneer 143/8 Charity 30/10
Premier 22/10 Jinja SS 221/3

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KICC, Tornado B triumph

 Joint-log leaders Tornado B and Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) enriched their National Women’s 40-Over League title hopes with easy victories on Saturday.
First, Tornado B were spurred by an incredible eight-wicket haul from Racheal Ntono and later Immaculate Nakisuuyi’s 41-ball 29 as they chased down a target of 77 runs inside 11.5 overs to beat holders Wanderers by six wickets at Kyambogo Oval.

“It’s a good result to take home as we keep pace with KICC,” Tornado B coach Jackson Ogwang said after his side moved to 54 points.
The Sixes Challenge champions are on-level with star-studded KICC who followed suit by claiming their eighth straight victory after defeating 2012 champions Charity Trust Fund by 102 runs at the Budo Oval.

“This (winning streak) may appear easy on paper but it isn’t,” said KICC skipper Gertrude Chandiru. “Having vast match winners has really helped us keep up there.”
When KICC’s top-order failed to spark in midst of Joselyn Nakato (3/23) and Daphine Atwogeire (2/43), KICC sought refuge in Consy Aweko.
The former Pioneer player earned her best innings of 2015 in an unbeaten half-century of 60 runs off 68 balls. And together with Veronica Nakadama’s 26 off 39, KICC set 197 in 35.5 overs.

The Sudhir Ruparelia-funded outfit KICC found trouble in stopping Charity skipper Daphine Mukasa (51* off 48) but Chandiru (4/13) and Gloria Adubu (3/11) ended their chase on the first delivery of the 30th over.
Defeat for Charity (29) means reigning Mehta Twenty20 champions Jinja SS (31) moved to fourth place, thanks to brilliant knocks from Ritah Musamali (47 off 45) and Dinah Adong (39 off 73) while seeing off weeping girls Jinja Association of Cricket Clubs (JACC).

Women’s 40-Over League
Wanderers 76/10 Tornado 77/4
(Tornado B won by six wickets)
KICC 197/10 Charity TF 95/10
(KICC won 102 runs)
Jinja SS 195/5 JACC 51/10.

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Mukasa century earns Tornado B sweet revenge against KICC

Tornado B batsman Roger Mukasa struck a century of 119 runs off 90 balls to help his side to a comfortable 125-run victory over Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) at the University Oval in Kyambogo on Sunday. 
“I was hitting the balls quite well on a favourable wicket,” a thrilled Mukasa told Daily Monitor. His second ton gave title holders Tornado B firm grip of top spot in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League with 41 points. 
“This is my best century this year because I didn’t give the bowlers any chance until I departed,” the right-hand batsman said in comparison to his 72-ball 137 against Challengers back on May 3. 
While Mukasa stretched his tally to 480 runs from nine innings, it was a guillotine that deemed right for Tornado B to revenge the first-round four-wicket defeat to KICC. “We didn’t bowl well against him and that’s how we lost it. But we’ll be glad for taking a bonus point,” noted KICC skipper Geoffrey Gandhi.
Gandhi’s option to field first temporarily seemed right as their opponents got off to a rather plodding start as Tornado B were 44-2 in 14.2 overs. It’s here that Mukasa took the bull by its horns. 
He made nine boundaries and five maximums in a 114-run combo with Akbar Baig (66 off 106) and later shared 100 runs with Davis Karashani. Eventually, Tornado B coasted to 322/8, the second highest score this season. KICC’s opening pair of Abdallah Lubega (61 off 66) and John Gabula (35 off 76) shared 95 runs to spark signs of hope. But once their union broke, the side’s wheels came off after they lost seven wickets for 30 runs and Gandhi’s late 42 off 39 was a mere kick of a dying horse.

DIV 2 RESULTS 
ACC 149/10 Patidar 151/4
(Patidar won by six wickets)
Pirates 184/10 Aziz Damani 135/10
(Pirates won by 49 runs)

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Pioneer aiming to keep pace with leaders KICC

It’s a three-way battle for the title among Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC), Pioneer and Tornado B in the ongoing National Women’s 40-Over Cricket League.

The trio have won their last four matches but with two of the competitors out of action, Pioneer (30 points) could leapfrog KICC (31) and return to top when they face Ndejje-Premier at Lugogo Oval today.

The ladies in pink may be fancied but must display their experience with the bat against Premier’s bowling pair of Esther Nalubowa and Hilda Kabaseke (9 wickets apiece).
“Much as I am ready mentally, I need to improve physically,” said Pioneer’s opener Barbra Mukankusi.

Former Lady Cricket Cranes skipper Mukankusi has so far managed 96 runs from five innings and is hungry for more. “Surely, I need to pile a good total and help my team keep firm in the title race,” noted the 31-year-old mother of two.

With support from her fellow opener Leila Namaganda (43 runs from six innings), Mukankusi also has back up from the pair of Franklyn Najjumba and Carol Namugenyi, who have combined for 222 runs.

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