Kutchi Tigers consolidate quarterfinal place with wins over Charity and Nile

Kutchi Tigers stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games when they easily saw off both Nile and Charity at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

Alepsh Hirani and his charges have been on a roll since the second round of the league which helped them finish a season high 3rd in the league and they hope this good form can take them all the way.

Nile is having a terrible season, dropping down from Division I to Division II and have failed to win a single game in the Group B of the T20 league. It’s no surprise they were all out for 39 with Kutchi chasing down this total in 3.2 overs.

Charity was put to the sword in the afternoon after they failed to chase 160 set by Kutchi Tigers falling short by 67 runs.

The wins keep Kutchi tigers at summit of Group B and are likely to finish as the top team which might give them an easier quarterfinal opponent from a tough Group A.

Kutchi is The loss for Charity did not dent their quarterfinal chances. They should be able to at least finish among the top 4 teams in Group A. If they finish 4th, they will meet the top team from a dangerous Group B who is likely to be defending champions Challengers or league champions Damani.

Team mentor Innocent Ndawula says there no shortcuts to success so they are ready for a tough quarterfinal.

We know we shall finish 4th and then meet either Damani or Challengers. We fancy Challengers so that we get the opportunity to knock out the defending the champions early enough. There are no short cuts for us going forward.

Match Summaries

Lugogo Oval

Nile CC 39/10 in 11 overs lost to Kutchi Tigers CC 41/0 in 3.2 overs by 10 wickets
Toss won by Nile who opted to bat

Batting Nile: Ivan Kakande 19(21)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs, Dhansukh Jensani 4/0 in 1 over
Batting Kutchi Tigers: Nanji Pindoriya 22(11) N.O, Ankit Patel 16(8)N.o
Bowling Nile: Juma Miyaji 0/24 in 2 overs

Man of Match: Shailesh Halai 5/8 in 4 overs

Kutchi Tigers CC 160/7 in 20 overs beat Charity CC 93/10 in 18.4 overs by 67 runs
Toss won by Charity who opted to field

Batting Kutchi: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42)
Bowling Charity: Jonathan Ssebanja 2/15 in 4 overs
Batting Charity: Lawrence Ssempijja 27(20)
Bowling Kutchi Tigers: Dhansukh Jesani 4/12 in 4 overs, Kalpesh Kerai 3/14 in 4 overs

Man of match: Nanji Pindoriya 82(42), 2/11 in 4 oversone of the 4 unbeaten teams in the T20 league thus far they are in an exclusive league with Damani, Challengers and KICC.

Prepared by: Dennis Musali

Kutchi Tigers survive relegation knife, Nile rue missed chance

Support from their affiliate family in Kenya had Kutchi Tigers easily grab fourth place in Jazz Safari Division One 50-Over League. 
Absence of that this year made things tough for the Tigers. And skipper Alphesh Hirani easily acknowledges that.
To confirm their topflight status for 2017, Tigers needed a close 21-run victory over Nile in their final match of the season at Lugogo Oval on Sunday. 
“We are very happy and very excited,” Hirani said of the team’s ecstatic dressing room after the match. “We worked very hard today and deserve it.”

The victory was Tigers’ sixth of the season and took them to 41 points, 11 adrift of safety. But for Nile, the 2015 runners-up remain stuck in some sort of mathematics.
They retained a bonus point, moving to 33 in sixth, just three above Tornado who face Tornado Bee in the title decider this weekend. “Since we were depleted, like it has been all season, we got the point we needed,” Nile’s Martin Ondeko offered. Nile can only survive the knife if title-chasing Tornado Bee beat their sister side.
Tigers will owe their relief much to Shantilal Raghvani. After Kenneth Waiswa (2/31) had Nanji Pindoriya trapped for a duck, the right-hander Raghvani made five boundaries in a half-century of 59 off 54. 
His 68-run combination with Rharat Ghodadra (23 off 19) yielded some quick recovery.

Later, astute caution from Nehal Bibodi (38 off 58), Ramesh Gami (44 off 54) and Kanti Vekariya (18 off 26) against Aarya Parikh (3/22) and Ivan Kakande (2/32) helped them to safe 228 total in 46 overs. The start to Nile’s innings was dismantled by Narendra Halai (2/18) before Zephania Arinaitwe got out of hand with 10 fours in a 101-ball 70.
It was however not enough as Lalji Gondariya (4/45) starved the lower order of runs, leaving the Kutchi family elated.

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Ondeko gives Nile relief, woes for Wanderers

Besides Challengers being top, the other rare aspect of this year’s National Men’s Division One 50-Over League has been the degree of intensity among bottom sides.
The fortunes of the sides in the eight-team log keep changing save for 1991 and 1992 champions Wanderers. Runners-up just four years ago, Wanderers remained winless in eight games and are now as good as relegated after a 160-run loss to Nile at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.

“I think we can now begin preparing for life in the lower tier next season,” a distraught Wanderers skipper Denis Musali conceded. With just a point, Wanderers’ only mathematical chance stands at winning all their remaining six games to survive, hoping other results go their way. 
“We won’t give up though,” chipped in bowling all-rounder David Mwesigwa.
For Nile, they moved out of the relegation zone to sixth on 23 points.

“Good way to begin the second round,” said opening batsman Martin Ondeko, who registered a match-winning knock of 78* off 141 balls. The former U-19 national player struck six boundaries and his 66-run first-wicket combo with Abu Seguya (30 off 37) and a 57-run third partnership with skipper David Musoke (22 off 47) formed the gist of Nile’s innings. 
Zephania Arinaitwe’s 28-run-a-ball, Richard Agamire (28 off 23) and Ivan Kakande’s (27* off 10) two sixes helped them set 263 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs. 
Man-of-match Kakande’s left-arm spinners (4/12) sent Wanderers home early midway the 34th over.

While Kutchi Tigers relied on Nehal Bibodi’s 89-ball 52* to beat Tornado by in Kyambogo, third-placed KICC were left reeling after losing to Patidar Samaj by two runs in Entebbe.
Patidar captain Ankit Patel’s 36 off 56 helped them to set 123 in 29.3 overs but it is old boy Emmanuel Isaneez (4/39) whose pace blew away KICC ‘s clueless batsmen.

NATIONAL 50-OVER LEAGUE Weekend Results - Division One
Nile 263/6 Wanderers 103/10 
K. Tigers 162/10 Tornado 98/10
P. Samaj 123/10 KICC 121/10 
Division Two
Charity TF 264/7 SKLPS 124/10 
Division Three
Strikers 224/10 KC Budo 129/10.

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Nile slump into relegation zone

Some six months ago, Nile were pipped by Tornado Bee to the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League crown.

In the same season, the side had made it to the Sixes Challenge and National Twenty20 League but lost both to KICC and Patidar Samaj respectively.

Basing on that, Nile were on expected to upgrade at all fronts this year. Shockingly, David Musoke and company are now lingering in the relegation.

The 1995 champions slumped to danger zone following a 31-run loss to Kutchi Tigers at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

“We had most of our players missing on the day due to personal reasons,” offered Nile’s senior player Martin Ondeko. "Our batting was most affected,"

The trio of Micheal Ndiko, Richard Agamire and Simon Ayella were all unavailable. But this has stuck out like a sore thumb for Nile this season.

Last month, Ondeko too missed matches against Tornado and KICC. “Sometimes, such situations are unavoidable in a season,” he said.

Defeat to Tigers was the fourth of the season as Nile dropped to seventh, only better than bottom side Wanderers. Tigers got relief, moving to sixth on 16 points.

Ayella’s absence depleted Nile’s bowling and despite Abubaker Seguya’s 3/9, they could not contain Jitesh Gorasia whose 54-ball 53 comprised four boundaries and a six.

Nanji Pindoria (18 off 29) and Lalji Gondaria (17 off 39) helped Tigers to 118 in 29.2 overs. Chasing the target in 30 overs, Nile were clueless with bat and only Seguya (24 off 35) and Ivan Kakande (21 off 33) made respectable scores.

Elsewhere, shell-shocked is the perfect description of how Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs’ (KICC) dressing looked like following a five-run loss to 2012 champions Tornado at Lugogo Oval.

Tornado 118/7 KICC 113/9
(Tornado won by five runs)
Kutchi Tigers 118/10 Nile 87/10 
(Kutchi Tigers won by 31 runs)
Charity TF 221/10 Mwiri 111/10 
(Charity won by 110 runs)
SKLPS 142/10 Jinja SS 114/10 
(SKLPS won by 28 runs)

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Nile continue to show hunger for league title

 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).

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 [298] Patidar 149/9
(ACC won by 149 runs via D/L)

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