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

 

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

Jungle fight in Lugogo as Lions, Tigers face-off in Jazz Safari League

Having endured a torrid outing at the ICC World Cricket League Division IV event in Malaysia, Simon Ssesaazi reminded everyone of his batting potential last weekend.

He was ruthless against fellow Cricket Cranes’ players Riazat Ali and brother Henry Ssenyondo enroute to a 77-run-a-ball half-ton but it was not enough as his club Ceylon Lions lost to holders Aziz Damani by 95 runs in Lugogo. That third loss in four Jazz Safari National League matches could be vividly seen in Ssesaazi’s eyes after producing the best batting show on the day.

“We need to act,” the left-hand opener lamented ahead of today’s match against Kutchi Tigers at the same venue. 
“We need to just work on a few improvements, avoid giving away cheap wickets then build partnerships,” he said of his fellow top-order batsmen Eddie Agaba, Arnold Otwan, Varinder Singh, Lawrence Ssempijja and Jonathan Ssebanja.

But Tigers lost their last tie to KICC after an unmatchable display by Davis Karashani (74 off 70 and 3/31 in 8.1 overs) a fortnight ago in Lugogo.

So as Lions bid to roar, Tigers will equally want to be counted in the Lugogo jungle with the backing of Indian trio of Aezaz Kothariya, Devendra Poriya and Sachin Mevada.
Arup Kerai is another weapon for Alphesh Hirani’s team that will looking for a fourth win in six outings.

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

Ceylon Lions plot surprise for Damani

Aziz Damani Cricket Club is intent to defend their Jazz Safari National League title in style.
It is a priority that has been followed up by three opening wins of the season against Strikers, Kutchi Tigers and Premier.
The latter 262-run victory last weekend was spiced up by an 80-ball 102 ton by Saud Islam in Kyambogo.
“So far, so good,” Damani all-rounder Brian Masaba said. “It’s a good start. But we don’t want to leave any room for complacency. We want to do it better than we did it last year,” he said.

Now Damani heads to Lugogo Oval today to face a stubborn Ceylon Lions that has blown more cold than hot in their first three matches.
“We should be doing better,” their opening batsman Simon Ssesazi said. Last weekend, the left-hander made just 15 runs but those double figures marked an improvement considering he struggled with just single digits. “I feel better than when I was in Malaysia. Now facing Damani which has coach Steve Tikolo and seven other national teammates, I know a thing or two and try out for a big score.”

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE

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