CEYLON LIONS MAINTAIN TOP SPOT, AVENGERS CLOSES GAP ON WANDERERS

Ceylon Lions kept a firm grip on top spot opening up a 10 point gap between them and second-place Wanderers and are now favorites for promotion as one of the two teams to go up to Division 1.

Ceylon made very light work of Premier at the Lakeside Oval in Entebbe defeating them by six wickets.

Premier won the toss and chose to bat first but Ruwan Jayaratne had other ideas as he picked up 5/17 to restrict Premier to 67 all out.

The run chase lasted only 52 balls as Lions knocked off the required runs despite losing four wickets.

The win means Ceylon Lions will stay on top of the table and are starting to creating distance between them and the rest of the chasing pack.

The other games in Division 2 were a no contest but the results had repercussions both at the top and bottom of the table.

Budo was a no show for their game against Avengers at home giving Avengers a walkover. The result drops Budo to the bottom of the table while Avengers gains distance on Wanderers in second place.

Wanderers suffered the misfortune of rain in Jinja as the whole second innings was washed out.

Despite Wanderers posting an imposing 219 all out with Brian Adriko (54) and Joseph Byaruhanga (47) with telling contributions, at the start of the second innings the heavens let loose and there was no more action possible as Jinja SSS claimed a precious point.

The point meant that Jinja SSS moved above Budo into seventh place to move out the relegation place.

On the other hand, Wanderers dropped three crucial points and with Avengers winning, it means the latter closes the gap on Wanderers who are in the second promotion place.

With Ceylon Lions running away from the rest of the pack, the battle for the final promotion place is turning into a three-team race as Wanderers, Avengers and Aziz Damani all have a chance of promotion.

At the bottom, Jinja SSS and Budo are only separated by a single point making the drop also very interesting.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

WANDERERS CHASE AVENGERS AS CEYLON LIONS SEEK TO MAINTAIN TOP SPOT IN DIVISION 2

Division 2 Fixtures

Match | Wanderers CC Vs Avengers CC
Venue | Entebbe Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Match | Ceylon Lions CC Vs Premier CC
Venue | Jinja SSS Cricket Oval 
Date | 4th August 2019
Time | 10:30 AM

Wanderers will face Avengers in their final first-round game as they seek to dislodge Avengers from second place in Division 2.

With Ceylon Lions firmly rooted at the top the battle for the final automatic promotion place is a battle between Avengers and Wanderers.

Since dropping down to Division 2 three years ago Wanderers look good for promotion having only lost one game in the first round. They have ridden their luck at times like in the narrow win over ACC and also the point picked up in the rain-affected draw with table toppers Ceylon Lions.

Wanderers will be hoping that Brian Adriko is still in the mood to score runs while the Division 2 leading wicket-taker Arnold Tembo is fit enough to cause damage.

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Avengers failed to go past Ceylon Lions two weeks a loss that took stream out of their season. They will definitely give Wanderers a run for their money in what should be the game of the weekend.

The other Division 2 game has Ceylon Lions taking on Premier in Jinja. The table-toppers are favourites to win on the road with a hurting Premier who were cheated by rain last weekend on the same ground.

Ceylon Lions are yet to lose a game this season and that run will be tested by an experienced Premier side.

Ceylon Lions have relied on the runs of team captain Rowan Jayantrne and youngster Robinson Obuya and Jonathan Ssebanja for wickets. Kenyan international Alex Obanda is yet to light up the league but he is just a big knock away from showing his class.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

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 
DIVISION ONE
Challengers 192/10 Patidar 88/10 
(Challengers won by 104 runs)

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

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