Sunday 4th August 2019 | Lugogo Cricket Oval | Division 1

  • Toss won by Tornado Bee who elected to bat.
  • Tornado Bee CC: 100 in 42.2/50 overs & Patidar CC:101/3 in 17.2/50 overs
  • Result: Patidar won by 7 wickets.
  • Batting Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 27 runs off 66 balls
  • Bowling Patidar CC: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs, Derrick Bakunzi 3/16 in 8.2
  • Batting Patidar CC: Ankit Patel 64 runs off 42 balls, Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls
  • Bowling Tornado Bee CC: Falak Shar 2/15 in 4 overs.
  • Man of Match: Hardik Patel 5/23 in 10 overs & Hardik Patel 27 runs off 47 balls

Patidar picked up their first win of the season with a resounding seven-wicket win over Tornado Bee.

The four-time champions, Tornado Bee, who had won back to back games were seeking their third win of the season which would move them further away from the relegation scrap.

Tornado Bee won the toss and chose to bat first but they failed to build meaningful partnerships apart from the top three batsmen who had double figures the other batsmen none had double figures.

The spin combination of Hardik Patel (2/23) and Derrick Bakunzi (3/16) wreaked havoc as they skittled out the former winners for only 100 in 40 overs.

Patidar captain Ankit Patel made sure of all match points leading from the front for a fluid half-century as his side dropped three wickets in the chase to win by 7 wickets.

This is the first win for Patidar who have suffered from the weather denying them action in two games that ended in draws but could have easily been their wins.

They will take the win as they try and play catch up with the teams at the top.

Prepared by: Denis Musali


Challengers are wounded from last weekend after losing to rivals Aziz Damani in a heated battle at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.

Challengers don’t have enough time to lick their wounds as they seek to get back to winning ways as they take on newcomers SKLPS.

SKLPS will need to be at their best if they are to take down a wounded Challengers at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Challengers will be hoping for good weather so that their star-studded line up that has the likes of Hamu Kayondo, Arthur Kyobe, Shahzad Kamal, Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Olipa Rogers show their class.

At Kyambogo, Tornado Bee will be seeking for their third win of the season as they take on Patidar. This encounter is a six-pointer of sorts as the teams in the bottom half of the league battle for points that will keep them in the league.

Tornado Bee, the four-time league winners, lost a lot of experience in the offseason but they have managed to assemble a side with a lot of experience. One of their new recruits Falak Sher scored a season-high individual double century as they walked over Tornado. If they can pick up their third win of the season they will need atlas just two more wins to guarantee their place in Division 1 for next year.

Patidar put together a good side with some exciting youngsters such as Cosmas Kyewuta, Ronald Opio, Collins Okwalinga but none of them have delivered the goods for the newly-promoted side.

Patidar is rooted at the bottom of the table and needs to start winning games before they run out of the same to save their season.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.


Once the rain stayed away over the weekend, Aziz Damani made sure they take care of business with a 121-run win over Kutchi Tigers.

The match played at the University Oval in Kyambogo saw Damani win the toss and choose to bat 1st.

Even the early loss of Roger Mukasa (24) with only 37 runs on the board didn’t help Kutchi Tigers in any way as Saud Islam (41), Brian Masaba (41) and Frank Nsubuga (42) all contributed to a team total of 196 all out.

With a dry wicket, Henry Ssenyondo (5/16) and Frank Nsubuga (3/19) spun webs around the Kutchi Tigers batsmen bundling them out for 75 in 20 Overs.

The win is the first for the defending champions this season as they seek a third straight title.

The shock of the weekend came at Lugogo where SKLPS shocked Patidar with a two-wicket win.

SKLPS won the toss and made a wise decision to field first and they quickly reduced Patidar in 2/5 in 2.3 overs to have their tails up in the contest of the promoted sides.

Unfortunately, Patidar failed to recover from that collapse with only Derrick Bakunzi (20) having a decent score as they crumbled to 83 all out inside 28 overs.

The pace of Innocent Mwebaze (5/26) and Cosmas Kyewuta (3/31) nearly swung the game for Patidar as they combined to pick up eight wickets but SKLPS were able to hold on for the win by two wickets.

At the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe, Challengers were undone by a wet wicket as they shared points with Tornado in a no contest.

Kutchi Tigers are top of the table for now by virtue of having played the most games but Damani, KICC and Challengers are all lurking.

Patidar Challenge Damani

It is pretty unfortunate that clubs in Uganda’s cricket do not last long at the top.
Often, it is a case of money bags dominating and when the wind blows away the sand at the base, it all crumbles at a go.

Tornado and Wanderers will always be referred to for their longevity not until their coffers failed to match the present-day conditions of the game. Premier was there nearly a decade ago, it was Tornado Bee yesterday and Aziz Damani’s lucrative offers today help them dominate with a star-studded side.
Tornado Bee took over from Patidar Samaj’s mini-slump. The latter was boss in 2010 and 2011 and notwithstanding their 2015 T20 Cup success, its cream melted.

Now back to the top tier, Patidar has scored 50 percent after four wins out of eight matches in UCA Divisional Twenty20 League.
With that glass neither half-full or half-empty, Patidar is keen on deflating Damani’s balloon when the two teams meet at Lugogo Oval today.

“We want to make the semi-finals here as we prepare for the 50-Over League,” Patidar’s skipper Ankit Patel told this paper.
His side is fourth with 16 points while Damani is second after winning all six matches to amass 24 points.

“It’s a very big game,” said the man who returned to the club from Kutchi Tigers after it earned promotion.
“Damani has almost the entire national team but we will put 100 percent and give them a good fight,” added Ankit who has so far made 177 runs. Hardik Patel has eight wickets.
But Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.

“Achelam is on form, Roger Mukasa is our main player and Saud Islam always shows up,” said Damani’s captain Ghulam Hunzai.
“We are going to win softly with God’s grace since we have good players and good combinations,” he added.

Meanwhile, KICC hope to recover from their mistakes made against Damani last weekend when they face SKLPS at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.
KICC’s Wassim Butt leads the batting charts with 242 runs from 10 innings while captain Hanumant Katkar is interestingly top of the bowlers’ list with 15 scalps, one more than his teammate Lawrence Ssempijja.

Go-to man. Damani has the country’s crème de la crème and Fred Achelam has raised his bar with 216 runs already in six innings while Henry Ssenyondo has 13 wickets.


Patidar vs. Aziz Damani, Lugogo
SKLPS vs. KICC, Entebbe

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Patidar bask in T20 glory

 Patidar Samaj produced a stellar performance to beat Nile by four wickets to clinch their second National Men’s Twenty20 League at Lugogo Oval on Sunday.
“It feels great to be champions again,” Patidar skipper Ankit Patel told Daily Monitor upon lifting their second T20 title since 2011.
The success also ended the club’s four years of hurt encrypted by the departure of Charles Waiswa, Lawrence Ssematimba, Roger Mukasa and Akbar Baig to Tornado B.

“Since that quartet left us, we had forgotten how to win,” admitted tournament MVP Ankit.
“But this feat is what all the lads will try to build on so as to earn promotion back to the topflight limited-overs league next year.”
Just like the Sixes Challenge miss in February, it was another defeat for Nile in the T20 final.
“We have failed to win a final on two occasions. But we’ll work harder to finish in top four of the Division One 50-Over League and possibly win the Champions Trophy,” Nile skipper David Musoke said. After Musoke opted to bat first, Patidar’s Hasmukh Patel (4/21) and Emmanuel Taban (3/22) rubbed salt in Nile’s wounds.

It needed Suleman Sharif (20 off 18) and Kenneth Waiswa (14 off 19) covered up for Nile’s mediocre batting as they went on to set 120 for 9.
“I think we were about 20 runs short of our target. It eventually cost us.” Musoke noted.
Needing six per over to win, Patidar were reeling at 37-2 after five overs by Suleman (3/25) and Nasser Ahmed (2/16) but Ankit restored parity with a 28-ball 24 to clinch victory with five balls to spare.

Nile 120/9 Patidar 123/6
(Patidar won by four wickets)
Nile 144/6 Wanderers 31/4 (D/L)
(Nile won by 24 runs after D/L)
Damani 122/7 (47) Patidar 50/1 (D/L)
(Patidar won by nine wickets after D/L)

MVP: Ankit Patel (Patidar Samaj)
Best batsman: Arthur Kyobe (Challengers)
Best bowler: Mohammed Aneef (Challengers)
Best fielder: Ankit Patel (Patidar Samaj)
Best wicket-keeper: Nirav Patel (Patidar)

2014: Challengers
2013: Wanderers
2012: Tornado
2011: Patidar

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Mukasa charms Lugogo crowd with Super Over heroics in semis

With cash prizes at stake, fun tournaments are usually more competitive than organisers can anticipate.

That competitiveness was on show on Tuesday as Patidar Universal and Pak Coin required a Super Over to be separated in the first semifinal of the Night Cricket tournament.

Roger Mukasa was once again the difference between the two teams scoring 20 runs in the Super Over as Patidar claimed a four-run victory and a place in Saturday’s final.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the game seemed to have drifted away from Patidar after being bowled out for 89 runs.

More lackluster batting from Pak Coin, however, ensured they were bowled out for the same score.

It was then that Mukasa took charge of the game. After conceding 16 runs in the Super Over, Mukasa had the last laugh, scoring 20 runs including a mighty six over the screen on the final ball that ensured a four -run victory.

For Patidar captain Nirav Patel, the passion shown by both teams was the night’s biggest highlight.

“It does not really matter who the winner is because both teams deserved the victory,” Patel said with more relief than delight after the game.

The moderate crowd on show will hope Jinja Keshwala and UWS put up a similar show when the two sides meet in the second semifinal today at Lugogo Oval.

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