WANDERERS, ACC FACE-OFF IN BATTLE FOR FINAL PROMOTION SPOT IN DIVISION 2

he only game that matters this weekend is the clash between traditional giants ACC and Wanderers at Kings College Budo Oval.

Both teams find themselves in a must-win situation with Wanderers behind second-placed Avengers by two points while ACC needs to win with a bonus in order to leapfrog both Wanderers and Avengers into the second spot from fourth spot.

Wanderers have had a fairytale season losing just a single game but find themselves in 3rd place behind Avengers mostly because of the games they didn’t get a chance to compete.

n the second round, they had two games washed out and also gave away free points against Avengers and this has left them in a must-win situation. But in case there is rain and no action is possible, the two points gained by Wanderers are sufficient for them to gain promotion considering they have a better NRR than Avengers.

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ACC, on the other hand, will be playing for a very sunny day because they need all match points for them to go through. ACC lies in 4th place but are 6 points behind Avengers in second, and if they are able to win with a bonus point they will go ahead of both Wanderers and Avengers.

However, there is a chance for an ACC win that can deny both sides promotion to the top flight. If ACC beats Wanderers but fails to gain a bonus point it would mean they finish in 3rd place ahead of Wanderers but can’t get enough points to leapfrog Avengers in 2nd place.

Both sides are desperate to go up after years in the Second Division of Uganda Cricket. Unfortunately, joy for one side might mean misery for the other come Sunday.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

PROMOTION PLACES AT STAKE AS ACC TAKE ON AVENGERS IN DIVISION 2 ACTION

ACC has come close to promotion in the past seasons and this year they might lie in 4th place but they have an outside chance of finishing second only if they can go past Avengers.

Avengers who are in second place are the favorites with an 11 point difference between them and ACC.

Avengers who joined the league in 2016 have the ascendence to gain promotion and as long as they can all their remaining games they will be able to go up with Ceylon Lions.

The battle for promotion will go down at Kings College Budo cricket oval and the winner will be guaranteed a shot at promotion.

If ACC loses this encounter they will virtually be out of the race for promotion so they cannot afford slip-ups. They will be hoping that their old guns Micheal Kintu, Amos Kyazze, and Emma Odeng can guide the youngsters to deliver a result they need.

Avengers have the potent of Harsh Panchal the leading wicket-taker in Division 2 with 27 scalps, he will be tasked with finding those early breakthroughs to make sure they limit ACC to a small total.

The weather has been very unpredictable this year and the first round encounter between these two was washed out, they will, therefore, be praying for good weather or even taking the field 1st when you win the toss to try and play a long game.

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

Tornado Seal Promotion To Division 1 In Mickle Win Over Struggling KC Budo

Match Summary 

TORNADO CC 292/10 John Gabula 57 not out off 54 balls, Trevor Bukenya 54 off 31 balls in 47.1 overs beat KC BUDO CC 128/10 Taha Ahmed 54 not out off 92 balls. in 36.1 overs by 164 runs.

Player of Match: Trevor Bukenya (From Tornado CC)

With KC Budo winning the toss and choosing to field first, Cyrus Kakuru and Jimmy Atuhairwe opened the batting for Tornado with the former falling for two to Patrick Oburu.

With early departure of Cyrus, Captain Adriko Brian took the task upon himself to create some stability with an extremely patient 25(47) but was trapped LBW by Ahmed Taha.

The mid-order didn't have the best of time at the crease as they hardly scored off the bowling of Patrick Oburu and Ahmed Taha though they managed to deny KC Budo wickets.

Trevor Bukenya and John Gabula combined to give Tornado the much needed spark to propel their run-rate with each of them scoring a classy half-tons leaving the bowlers much frustrated. Sharma Mukwaya and Moses Kitara made significant efforts at the tail-end and propelled the score to a commanding 292 in 47 overs.

With 292 needed for victory, KC Budo were a little frustrated and this perfectly reflected in the catastrophic collapse of their top order. With so much pace and bounce generated from either ends by Trevor Bukenya and Cosmas Kyewuta, all that was left for most of the batsmen was to edge the ball to the ever alert Ashraf Senkubuge(wicket keeper) and to the anxious slips.

Ahmed Taha was left to carry on the fight solely with a patient and calm 54 off 97 deliveries with a little assistance from Deepesh Hirani 15(22) and Phillip Thawithemwira 10(24) hence managing to drag the score to 128 in 36 overs. Ramathan Ochimi 1/29 and Allan Sembatya 2/16 never let the tail wag wrapping up the victory for Tornado. 

The emergence of Tornado as victors in this encounter puts them on top of the Div 2 table and also sending them to Div 1 together with Patidar even w. However, this loss leaves KC BUDO in the 7th position on the Div 2 table and therefore sending them in for a do or die encounter with Nile CC. 

By Steven Tusiime

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