- Published in General News
Bowlers outclassed batsmen in all three National Men’s Division One 50-Over League contests played at the weekend.
That rare moment yielded relatively low scores but Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC), Challengers and holders Tornado Bee certainly got home on Sunday.
KICC beat Nile by eight wickets, condemning the 2015 runners-up to their first defeat of the season at the University Oval in Kyambogo.
“Winning keeps us firm in the title race,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar said after his side moved to third place with 18 points after three victories from four outings.
After Katkar’s opposite David Musoke opted to bat first, Irfan Afridi’s purple patch with the ball flawlessly continued. The Pakistan-born right-arm spinner kept top of the charts after picking 4/48 to take his wicket tally to 18. His eight-over spell and Kenyan import Abdul Rehman (4/34) blew away Nile’s top-order for 27-3 in the first 52 balls. And though Simon Ayella resisted with 22 off 11, KICC’s Frank Nsubuga (2/19) ensured Nile only set 103 in 25.1 overs. “We did not bat to our standards,” Musoke admitted.
“Our bowling has been clinical and we only want to change that for the better,” Katkar added.
Rehman was trapped early in the chase but Nsubuga’s five boundaries and four maximums in an 18-ball 49* got KICC over the rope after 17.2 overs. At Entebbe, Tornado pair Sadam Oyaga (20 off 46) and Arsalan Pirzada (17 off 44) built well in a 50-run second wicket combo only for Challengers’ Nasir Ahmad (5/24) and Fahad Sadiq (4/23) to do the unthinkable.
Chasing only a paltry 122 runs, Challengers’ openers Hamu Kayondo (45* off 36) and Mohammed Aneef (60* off 54) found no trouble to their fourth win in five games. Tornado Bee also recorded their fourth victory in five outings with a 23-run win over Wanderers amid some pain. They were hard-pressed at 26-4 only for Roger Mukasa’s stand-out knock of 42 off 45 to guide Tornado Bee to 155 after 37 overs.
Defending the score against win-less Wanderers proved tedious when Walaza Zulu (60* off 130) and Dennis Musali (20 off 66) held firm for the sixth wicket. It was not until Mukasa (5/30) bowled and caught the latter midway the 41st over that Wanderers crumbled like a pack of cards in the next 37 balls.
“We still have a bit of homework to do but the team is still showing determination,” Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke said.
Tornado Bee 155/10 Wanderers 132/10
(Tornado Bee won by 23 runs)
Nile 103/10 KICC 107/2
(KICC won by 8 wickets)
Tornado 121/10 Challengers 125/0
(Challengers won by 10 wickets)
Aziz Damani 373/10 SKLPS 189/10
(Aziz Damani won by 189 runs)
Premier 265/9 Jinja SS 145/10
(Premier won by 120 runs)
Fixtures for Mehta Premier League:
Semi Final 1. Charity Trust Fund CC Vs Pioneer CC
Venue: Lugogo Oval
Starting Time: 10:00am
Semi Final 2. Jinja Senior Secondary School CC Vs Wanderers CC
Venue: Kyambogo Oval
Starting Time: 10:00am
Final: Winner Semi Final 1 Vs Winner Semi Final 2.
Venue: Lugogo Oval
For the third time in a row, it will be green and orange ribbons on the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League trophy after Tornado B earned more than the required point in their washed-out derby against sister side Tornado at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday.
In securing the feat, Tornado B became the third different club in local history to complete a hat-trick. “We’ve scored a hat-trick and this is history,” a jubilant Tornado B skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke told Daily Monitor.
To add to their 2013 and 2014 gongs, two points from the Sunday game moved them to 56 points to pip Nile (54) with a game to spare. “It feels great,” exhilarated wicket-keeper Nicholas Kebba said. “It was a long and hard fought campaign,” he said.
Kibuukamusoke added: “We worked more as a unit. We knew we would have individual performers but we had to do it together.” Knowing they needed only a point from two matches ahead of Sunday, Tornado B players cut relaxed poses throughout. Star player Roger Mukasa made 14 fours and three maximums in an 85-ball 118 ton - his fourth of the season.
Before joining teammates for a barbecue and a few drinks at lunch, Mukasa had shared a 130-run combo with Davis Karashani (66 off 64) for Tornado B to set 281/8. Tornado managed only 18-2 before the skies opened for good after 7.2 overs. Tornado B will hold a party after their last match against Challengers tentatively this Sunday but also plan a five-day trip with selected fans to Nakuru, Kenya next month.
ROLL OF HONOUR
2011: Patidar Samaj
2013: Tornado B
2014: Tornado B
2015: Tornado B
Defending champions Tornado B and season surprise package Nile picked up contrasting wins to maintain grip of the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League summit on Sunday.
For holders Tornado B, they did not even stretch a muscle after the umpires of the day Patrick Makumbi and John Trust Mayeku awarded them a walk over. Their opponents Rounders arrived more than 20 minutes late at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
But 1995 winners Nile relied on a decent batting onset to defeat Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by four wickets at the University Oval in Kyambogo. “This win is very key to us,” said Nile’s stand-in skipper Martin Ondeko. “The fact that Tornado B didn’t get a bonus point gives us a slight advantage. We are hoping they falter along the way.”
The result meant Tornado B and Nile are at the summit with 52 points apiece, the latter with a game in hand. And relatively, the pair are in a league of their own since the chasing pack is 20 points adrift. Sixth-placed KICC (29), champions some 17 years ago, would have scripted a different story had their top-order contained Nile’s Ivan Kakande (3/30) and Kenneth Waiswa (5/33).
NATIONAL MEN’S 50-OVER LEAGUE
WEEKEND RESULTS - DIVSION ONE
KICC 183/10 Nile 184/6
(Nile won by four wickets)
Tornado B vs. Rounders
(Tornado B got a walkover)
Premier 220/10 Wanderers 188/10
(Premier won by 32 runs)
ACC 282/7  Patidar 149/9
(ACC won by 149 runs via D/L)
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)
ACC 197/10 Mwiri 199/6
(Mwiri won by four wickets)