Pindoriya century seals Kutchi Tigers’ promotion

Kutchi Tigers’ opener Nanji Pindoriya struck a match-winning century of 121 runs as his side defeated Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) by 41 runs at Kyambogo Oval to seal promotion to the top tier of the men’s National 50-Over Cricket League as action climaxed on Sunday.

Both teams had already sealed the upgrade to the top flight and Pindoriya’s master class only provided the icing on the cake during this Division Two Super Five top-of-table clash.

“I really feel happy with the way I played today,” an elated Pindoriya told Daily Monitor moments after his team’s sixth win in eight Super Five matches. The result meant Tigers (36) only cut their deficit with table leaders KICC (37) to just a point.
“We knew both teams had already qualified for Division One but personally, I even wanted to score more runs today,” the 35-year-old India-born said.

Moist wicket
“The only problem was that the wicket had a lot of moisture and the ground was not well leveled. But I only hope to even play much better against bigger opposition next year.” the business man from South Sudan added before he was carried away by his ecstatic teammates.

In his second ton of the season, the left-hand batsman clobbered 16 boundaries and five maximums off 87 deliveries to finish as season’s best batsman with 674 runs in 11 innings.

Pindoriya had an opening 141-run stand with Rohit Dhanji (20 off 52) and that combo ably covered up for four ducks before KICC’s John Tumusiime (4/41) had Tigers bowled out for 208 in 38.3 overs.

Once the 68-run second-wicket partnership between Daniel Ruyange (44 off 48) and Brian Adriko (39 off 89) crumbled, KICC consequently chocked and were bowled for 167 with 54 balls to spare.

Across River Nile, 2012 winners Tornado crawled back from fourth to finish second behind Division One champions Tornado B following a clinical six-wicket victory over relegated side Jinja SS. 
A half-ton of 51 runs from Aloysius Odoi helped Jinja to set 156 but Tornado veteran Benjamin Musoke stretched his batting purple patch to the end of the season with a tremendous 86-ball 78 that put his side to 53 points, leaping over Charity (50) and Challengers (47).

weekend games
Jinja SS 156/10 Tornado 160/4
ACC 117/10 Mwiri 119/5
Kutchi 208/10 KICC 167/10

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Mukasa century at Jinja SS seals Tornado B’s flawless first round

Tornado B’s Roger Mukasa capped another impressive day with the bat as he scored a 114-ball 173 ton to help his side to a 185-run victory over hosts Jinja SS in the men’s Division One National 50-Over League encounter on Sunday.
Mukasa’s century, now the highest knock this year thus far, ensured the defending champions Tornado B completed the first round of seven games with their 100 per cent unbeaten record intact on 39 points and forthwith atop the log.
“I am pretty delighted with the feat,” a composed Mukasa told Daily Monitor as he cooled off from Jinja while watching the Commonwealth Games with teammates at Lugogo Tennis Club on Sunday evening. 
Eight days ago, the top-order batsman had blazed 154 in the 144-run win over Wanderers and prior to heading to Jinja, the image of celebrating his first ever back-to-back career tons was never envisioned.

Successive ton
“I did not think of scoring another century so soon,” he said, “But after I hit the first ball, I felt like I would go on to play like my idol Adam Glichrist (retired Australian batsman and wicket-keeper),” Mukasa added. He now leads the batting charts with 451 runs from six innings.
With two wickets down after 7.2 overs, the 25-year-old rode his luck after being dropped on 73 and went on to strike 17 fours until he was caught by Aloysious Odoi off Geoffrey Gandi’s (2/62) on penultimate ball of the 43rd over.
Mukasa’s effort was supplemented with knocks from Lawrence Ssematimba (51), Davis Karashani (26) and the Kibuukamusoke brothers; captain Jeremy (39) and Cyrus (25) as Tornado B coasted to the season’s highest aggregate of 375 for 7.
Following in-swing medium pacer John Mpande’s (4/21) damage, Jinja SS were 43 for 5 after 10 overs but some resistance from Emmanuel Taban (45) and Odoi (42) helped them reach a paltry 190 runs.
Meanwhile, Challengers returned to winning ways after three months with a 199-run victory over a depleted Nile. Celebrating his 22nd birthday in style, Challengers’ Arnold Otwani stroked a 94-ball 73 half ton and paired for a match-winning 107-run third-wicket combo with Ivan Thawithemwira (69 off 73) as they set 280 for 4. Otwani later claimed five scalps for 26 runs as Nile were bowled out for 81.

Tornado B 375/7 Jinja SS 190/10 
Challengers 280/8 Nile 81/10 
Patidar 149/10 Mwiri 150/7 
Kutchi Tigers 325/9 Premier 156/10

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