Mukasa, Rajani knocks highlight opening round

Jazz safari national cricket league 2018
A. Damani 228 Strikers 158/10
Premier 167 Tornado Bee 168/1
KICC 89 Challengers 90/5
SKLPS 180/10 ACC 184/9
Soroti Blazers 245/8 JACC 105

KAMPALA. The start of the 2018 Jazz Safari National Cricket League on Sunday only mirrored the happenings of 2017.

Reigning champions Aziz Damani and last season’s runners-up Tornado Bee will be contenders, at least going by their respective 70-run and nine-wicket victories over Strikers and Premier in Kyambogo and Lugogo.

The wins came on the back of good knocks of 113 off 122 balls by Dauda Rajani and 87* runs off 56 balls by Roger Mukasa in turn.

On the other hand, KICC will have to beat the ceiling of mediocrity to match its own feeling of a potent club. Their five-wicket loss to Challengers, after only setting 89 runs in 24.3 overs in Entebbe, keeps them far from their first league title in two decades.

Even if its title-winning run from 2013 ended last year, Tornado Bee played with an aura of invincibility against Division Two champions Premier.

“This is to welcome Premier to the table of men,” said Tornado Bee captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke.

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Tornado sign off first round with sixth consecutive win

Charity Trust Fund captain Jonathan Ssebanja saw his side’s title hopes go up in the smoke after they suffered a 79-run defeat to Tornado in a Division One National 50-Over League encounter at Kyambogo Oval on Sunday.
Charity’s were a different unit from the one that has put up solid shows in recent outings as they imploded for only 93 while needing 173 for victory that would have seen them takeover the log leadership.
“We did well with the ball and then gave Tornado’s bowlers very cheap wickets,” a disappointed Ssebanja after his side remained stuck in third with 24 points. 
Tornado lost three of the top five batsmen for ducks but a 71-run second-wicket stand between Davis Turinawe (28 off 48) and Steven Kahuma (34) renewed their hopes before spinners Henry Ssenyondo (3-29), Viraj Patel (3-26) and Derrick Bakunzi (2-17) struck. Deus Muhumuza (41 off 82) and Nsubuga (35 off 66) helped repair Tornado’s innings at the end.
Tornado 172 Charity TF 93
Patidar 73 KICC 77/3
Makerere Univ 122 Warriors 116
Kutchi Tigers 101 SKLPS 69
ACC 277/6 JACC 126

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