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.
“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).
Jinja SS 156/10 Tornado 160/4
DIVISION TWO – SUPER FIVE
ACC 117/10 Mwiri 119/5
Kutchi 208/10 KICC 167/10
- Published in National League