Bowling brothers lead KICC, Tornado Bee through

On a day that had several batsmen feeble, siblings Frank Nsubuga and Roger Mukasa stood with superb bowling spells to guide their respective sides KICC and Tornado Bee through in the Jazz Safari National League on Sunday.

There was no much afternoon action for many to catch as Nsubuga took parsimonious figures of 7/17 to guide KICC to a seven-wicket win over Nile, their first victory of the season at Lugogo Oval.

Veteran Nsubuga’s moment of brilliance involving three maidens in 9.4 overs had Nile wither from 42-2 to 48-9 over a span of just seven overs. “I just did the basic things,” Nsubuga would later say.
Not even Nile’s opener Martin Ondeko survived that wrath. He however, top-scored with 29 runs off 57 balls as his side set 61 runs in 26.4 overs.

Kenyan Gurdeep Singh (16 off 9), Arthur Ziraba (21* off 24) and Siraj Nsubuga (18* off 18) met the target after 10.1 overs.

Nsubuga’s sibling Mukasa covered up for his duck with figures of 5/28 as Tornado Bee made it four in four with a 14-run win over Kutchi Tigers at the lake side oval in Kyambogo.

Off-colour batting had Francis Othieno (29 off 60) and Deus Muhumuza (29 off 51) help Tornado Bee meander Kenyan imports Hiren Varaiya (3/9) and Shem Ngoche (2/25) to set 133 in 49.5 overs.

But Mukasa stood out with some ruthless bowling that had Tigers stutter from 66-3 to 78-6 and despite Bharat Ghodadra making 40 off 83, they fell short.

It means Tornado Bee moved 22 points, two points behind leaders Aziz Damani who chased Patidar Samaj’s score of 37 runs in 21 balls in Kyambogo.
Damani bowlers Kenneth Waiswa (4/9) and Fahad Sadiq (3/4) had done the harder part before Arnold Otwan (21 off 10) sealed the win.

Nile 61/10 KICC 65/3
(KICC won by 7 wickets)
Patidar Samaj 37/10 Aziz Damani 40/1
(Damani won by 9 wickets)

By Allan Darren Kyeyune
Tornado Bee 133/10 Kutchi Tigers 119/10
(Tornado Bee won by 14 runs)

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Tornado Bee, Damani win

Match Day Four of the Jazz Safari National League maintained the status quo across the different camps of the Division One outfits on Sunday.
Holders Tornado Bee continued their decent start in pursuit of a fifth straight title with another routine eight-wicket victory over Patidar Samaj in Kyambogo.
Similarly, Aziz Damani CEO Siva Koti was over the moon and treated his team to merrymaking at Lugogo Oval after beating KICC by seven wickets.
And the soul searching continued in the Charity Trust Fund camp after losing a third consecutive match by 79 runs at the hands of Challengers in Entebbe.
Tornado Bee and Damani’s victories seemed to shape the title race early as each has three successive wins albeit the former beating the latter in the season opener by four-wickets on March 12 in Lugogo.

“Losing to Tornado Bee was an eye opener for us,” Damani’s Kenneth Waiswa stated as the team cooled off with their WAGS. “We are more focused since and our target to win all remaining three first round matches,” he said.
However, Damani kept top with 19 points from four matches thanks to Fahad Sadiq bowling. After medium pacer Waiswa (2/32) shot down front tyres Zephania Arinaitwe (21 off 10) and Kenyan Abdul Rehman (15 off 17) to leave them 44-2 in 7.1 overs, Sadiq crushed KICC’s hind wheels.
Dennis Tabby trapped Gurdeep Singh (32-run-a-ball) then off-spinner Sadiq broke down the middle-order from 84-3 to 94-6 over a span of 12 balls. KICC's worn-out truck packed with 141 in 27.5 overs.
“Our middle order gave in easily,” KICC’s Frank Nsubuga would later say.
Despite Davis Karashani's fight (3/22 and a maiden in eight overs) with the ball, Steve Tikolo (25* off 37), Brian Masaba (27* off 46) and Arnold Otwan (45 off 57) responded well with a combined 10 boundaries and seven sixes to guide Damani home.
Like Sadiq, Tornado Bee spinner John Mpande took figures of 5/40 while Deus Muhumuza got 4/16 and two maidens to bowl out naïve Patidar for 75 runs in 23.5 overs. Akbar Baig made 29 off 30 as Tornado Bee cruised home within 12 overs in about 40 minutes.

By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Innocent Ndawula

Tornado Bee in unfamiliar spot as Challengers top

Defending champions Tornado Bee find themselves in a spot of bother as the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League approaches the business end. In each of the past three seasons, Tornado Bee have been top of the league standings before emerging champions.

But a fourth straight title now looks unlikely for Tornado Bee. At halfway stage, the champions, with a game in hand, are second on the table with 34 points, eight behind toppers Challengers. Without a league crown to their name, Challengers seem to be the real deal this season. They appear determined to end Tornado Bee’s stranglehold on the title.

As the second round bowled off at the weekend, Challengers engaged a stronger gear, romping to a 104-run victory over 2011 champions Patidar Samaj at the Kyambogo Oval. 
“It was tense,” Challengers skipper Ivan Thawithemwira said after they ably defended 192 runs. “We did not score many runs but we had to defend the small total.” Opting to bat first, one would understand Thawi’s worries after the opening pair of Arthur Kyobe and Mohammed Aneef departed in a space of five balls.

The score board read 15-2 after 3.4 overs. Here, top season buy Hamu Kayondo reconstructed the innings with three boundaries and a six in a 38-ball 27.

“May be we got too excited before batting,” Kayondo stated. “The wicket looked good to play on but it was actually turning.” His 45-run fourth-wicket combo with Thawi (20 off 14) was supported by late solid knocks from Derrick Bakunzi (23 off 35) and Abraham Alema (24 off 58). Spinners Naseer Ahmad (3/12) and Henry Ssenyondo (3/16) crippled Patidar’s batsmen swiftly but only Gurang Patel (28 off 58) battled the wrath. They were eventually bowled out on the penultimate ball of the 33rd over.

Tornado Bee did not face sister side Tornado on Sunday after umpires Grace Mutyagaba and James Bamulese deemed the soggy Lugogo Oval a outfield unplayable. “Sewage flooded on the field,” Tornado Bee skipper Jeremy Kibuukamusoke revealed. Although they have a game in hand, Tornado Bee could plunge into a state of panic with Challengers showing no signs of faltering.

Unblemished record

It is the first time in four seasons that Tornabo Bee are starting the second round off the league summit. They are second behind Challengers but have a game in hand.

Men’s 50-over league 
Challengers 192/10 Patidar 88/10 
(Challengers won by 104 runs)

KICC 120/6 Kutchi Tigers 68/10 
(KICC won by 52 runs)
Premier 103/10 Mwiri 81/10 
(Premier won by 22 runs)
Avengers 198/10 JACC 53/10 
(Avengers won by 145 runs)

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Relief as holders Tornado B, KICC return to winning ways

There was relief at Kyambogo Oval after holders Tornado B and title-hungry Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) returned to winning ways in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League on Sunday. 
Tornado B defeated youthful side Charity Trust Fund by eight wickets at Kyambogo while the KICC scripted a five-wicket triumph over 2012 winners Tornado at Lugogo. 
For Tornado B, they silenced doubters that thought they were in free-fall mode having lost two of their last five encounters. “We bowled in the right channels and told our batsmen to stand up be counted,” said captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke. Their last outing was a four-wicket defeat to KICC last month. 
In Lugogo, Irfan Afridi (3/31) and Emmanuel Isaneez (3/21) limited Tornado, dependent on skipper Arthur Ziraba (33 off 51) and Frank Nsubuga (30 off 22) to 146 in 34.3 overs. Then Isaneez (34*), Abdallah Lubega (35 off 58) and John Tumusiime’s (30) put KICC over the line.

In Division Two, Rodney Mugisha’s Mwiri obliterated Patidar Samaj and then two-time topflight champions Africa Cricket Club piled 292 before dismissing student-packed JACC for a paltry 76 at the Jinja SS Oval.

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Tornado beat Tornado B, end three-year unbeaten streak

 Tornado beat sister side Tornado B by three wickets on Sunday to condemn the defending champions to their first defeat in local limited-overs cricket since 2012. That result, in the season opener, ended Tornado B’s 46-match unbeaten streak in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League.
“At last, we have broken their flawless run,” Tornado skipper Frank Nsubuga told Daily Monitor with indescribable joy punctuated by hugs and fist-pumps. 
“We came here with hearts of wounded lions,” a jubilant Robin Turinawe said. “Our win will keep the title race wide open.” At the opposite end, Tornado B players were silent in an unfamiliar territory. “We were out-played,” admitted captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke after they faced reality among one another in the dressing room.
“Out of the 11 players, only three of us put up a fight. This is going to be a long season for us,” Tornado B’s spinner Davis Karashani said.
Karashani’s word was evident as they failed to recover from the breakdown of Nicholas Kebba (27 off 88) and Lawrence Ssematimba’s (44 off 82) 85-run opening combo.


Tornado B 152/10 Tornado 153/7
(Tornado won by three wickets)

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