Week One of the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup sent out a glimpse of what to expect; ‘boom boom cricket’ like former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi would say.
Yet again, more runs are expected as batsmen attempt to suffocate bowlers again in 10 contests at five different grounds today.
To begin with, 2012 T20 finalists Charity Trust Fund will carry their momentum after earning promotion back to the top tier when they face hosts Jinja SSS and JACC across the Nile River.
“This is a whole different ball game,” Charity’s all-rounder Varinder Singh said of the T20s.
“In this format, it is all about making quick runs on board,” said the man who finished the limited-overs Division Two season with an explosive 62-ball 111* century against ACC on July 17.
Charity, runners-up to Aziz Damani in the lower tier, is without Simon Ssesaazi who recently earned a UK VISA to join teammate Jonathan Ssebanja for a semi-professional stint. Meanwhile, ACC faces holders Patidar Samaj at Kyambogo, the same venue where Tornado Bee will meet KICC later in the afternoon.
The latter trio won all their matches last Sunday and will gear for more of the same. “We are using the T20s’ to give chance to players who didn’t get chance in 50-Over League,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar said.
Perhaps, that’s how batsman Hamza Saleh resurfaced after a huge lull with 84* off 48 while beating JACC.
Elsewhere, Nile will do without inspirational budding star Kenneth Waiswa as he Uganda’s U-19s against Zimbabwe youth sides at an Invitational tournament in Harare Sports Club.
NATIONAL MEN’S TWENTY20 CUP
Strikers vs. Premier, 10.30am
Mwiri vs. Premier, 2pm
Patidar vs. ACC, 10.30am
Tornado Bee vs. KICC, 2pm
Nile vs. Challengers, 10.30am
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, 2pm
Kutchi Tigers vs. Tornado Bee, 10.30am
Avengers vs. Tornado, 2pm
AT JINJA SS
Jinja SSS vs. Charity TF, 10.30am
Charity TF vs. JACC, 2pm