Damani up for genuine Challengers

While both teams have already been tipped by the bookmakers, Challengers and Aziz Damani have had contrasting starts to the 2017 Jazz Safari National Cricket League.

2016 runners-up Challengers were inspired by Arthur Kyobe’s 127-ball 108 century knock as they cleaned out the cobwebs and dust with a season opening 218-run win over Nile a fortnight ago.

To the contrary, Damani were welcomed to the topflight with a four-wicket loss to holders Tornado Bee last Sunday. For all Damani CEO Siva Koti’s investment, losing two in a row is an unacceptable.

Hence, star-filled Damani must break the duck against all odds when they meet Challengers in a highly-billed contest at Kyambogo Oval today. “After we lost to Tornado Bee,” Damani’s all-rounder Brian Masaba recollects, “We realised we can beat Challengers if we correct our mistakes. Our fielding was not up to scratch,” added the Cricket Cranes vice captain.

The 2017 UCA Super Cup champions Damani carelessly gave away runs in field, dropping catches in the process as Lawrence Ssematimba’s captivating half-ton of 50* off 86 helped opponents crawl to victory.

Ssematimba’s experience will be vital again as Tornado Bee face Nile in Entebbe.

Damani have added retired national team batsman Benjamin Musoke and off-spinner Fahad Sadiq. The latter will cherish the battle against his former club Challengers, who want to make it two in two.

“Damani are stronger opponents than Nile but we have the ammunition and must deliver,” Challengers’ left-armer Henry Ssenyondo said.

In Lugogo, Kutchi Tigers will face newly-promoted Charity Trust Fund - the first match for both clubs this season. Tigers, whose target is to make the top two, have signed former Patidar Samaj captain Ankit Patel and Shantilal Raghvani.

On the other hand, the Lawrence Ssempijja-led Charity have struggled to retain the services of Singh brothers Narindrer and Varinder.

They will bank on newly-recruited youngsters Ashraf Ssenkubuge, David Wabwose and Joseph Byaruhanga plus Ronald Opio, Simon Ssesaazi and Cricket Cranes star Jonathan Ssebanja for an opening day victory.

JAZZ SAFARI NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE 
TODAY AT 10.30AM - DIVISION ONE
Nile vs. Tornado Bee, Entebbe
Kutchi Tigers vs. Charity TF, Lugogo
Challengers vs. Aziz Damani, Kyambogo
Tornado Bee vs. Nile, Entebbe
DIVISION TWO
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, Budo
Jinja SS vs. Tornado, Jinja

Kyobe knock wraps up Challengers’ season in style

For the past five months, Challengers’ opening batsman Arthur Kyobe has been struggling to get runs on board in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League.
At worst, the bragging left-hander became a laughing stock among some of his peers and fraternity. But somehow, he’s steadily recovered and show marks of what to expect from an opening Cricket Cranes batsman. 
On Sunday, Kyobe struck a decisive unbeaten half-ton of 75 runs as his side wrapped up the season with a five-wicket win over Kutchi Tigers at Lugogo Oval.

“Well, glory be to God,” a relieved Kyobe told Daily Monitor after his second half-century of the season. 
The 29-year-old’s first - a 91-ball 86, had come against the same opposition during Match Day 2 of the season on January 31. “It is only God and coach Steve Tikolo who have helped me recover,”
“Simply, I kept the ball down, took on advice he has offered me in the national team training sessions and results are impressive.” added the man who finished the season with 293 runs from 13 innings.
The win kept Challengers atop the eight-team log on 70 points after 14 matches, but can only win the league title if second-placed Tornado (61 points) fail to win their remaining two matches.

After Kutchi Tigers’ captain Alphesh Hirani opted to bat first, Nanji Pindoriya (34 off 38) and Bharat Ghorasia (22 off 36) combined well for an opening 72-run partnership. 
This crumbled at the hands of Derrick Bakunzi (3/12), Fahad Sadiq (2/41) and Henry Senyondo (2/13). Nandi Kishor (32 off 59) and Kanti Vekariya (30 off 59) then pushed Tigers to set 178 after 44.4 overs. 
Requiring to score about four runs per over, Kyobe smashed nine boundaries off 66 balls and, had a decisive 124-run second-wicket partnership with blazing Hamu Kayondo (63 off 52). 
The 2014 National Twenty20 Champions were home in 25.1 overs.

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Jinja Senior Secondary School CC are the Champions of 2014 Mehta Premier League

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2014 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE

RESULTS FOR THE FINALS:

WANDERERS CC VS JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB

JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB 86/5 IN 19.5 OVERS BEAT WANDERERS CC 85/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 5 WICKETS AT LUGOGO OVAL

Toss won Jinja SSS CC who opted to Field.

BATTING JINJA SSS: Racheal Ntono 23 off 26 balls, Pricco Nakitende 19 off 28 balls
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/16 in 4 Overs, Lydia Bakumpe 2/22 in 4 Overs.
BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 23 off 30 balls, Naome Kayondo 23 off 33 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Stephanie Nampiina 1/9 in 4 Overs, Damalie Busingye 1/11 in 2 Overs. 

RESULTS FOR SEMI FINAL 1 & 2

SEMI FINAL 1.
TORNADO CC Vs WANDERERS CC

TORNADO CC 63/9 IN 20 OVERS LOST TO WANDERERS CC 75/5 IN 20 OVERS BY 12 RUNS AT LUGOGO OVAL.

Toss won by Tornado CC who opted to Field.

BATTING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 28 off 37 balls, Naome Kayondo 18 off 25 balls.
BOWLING TORNADO: Gloria Adubu 2/19 in 4 Overs
BATTING TORNADO: Consy Aweko 11off 11 balls.
BOWLING WANDERERS: Janet Mbabazi 2/10 in 4 Overs, Naome Kayondo 2/17 in 4 Overs.

SEMI FINAL 2:
CHARITY TRUST FUND CC Vs JINJA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CRICKET CLUB.

JINJA SSS 54/5 IN 13 OVERS, BEAT CHARITY TRUST FUND CC 49/8 IN 13 OVERS AT KYAMBOGO GROUND.

Toss won by Charity who elected to bat

BATTING JINJA SSS: Damalie Busingye 11 off 22 balls, Immaculate Nakisuyi 10 Not Out off 11 balls
BOWLING CHARITY: Carol Namugenyi 1/5 in 2 Overs
BATTING CHARITY: Saidat Kemigisha 8 off 22 balls.
BOWLING JINJA SSS: Pricco Nakitende 2/4 in 2 Overs, Rita Musamali 2/10 in 2 Overs.

Conguratulations to Jinja Senior Secondary School CC for Winning the 2014 Mehta Premier League.

 

 

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