The ghosts that haunt Tornado Bee in the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup are not about to stop. Despite dominating the 50-Over League with four straight titles since 2013, they keep staggering in the shorter version of the gentleman’s game.
Sunday marked another low in their T20s. Their morning opponents ACC were awarded a walkover after Tornado Bee fielded an illegal player, Lawrence Ssematimba. “His (Ssematimba) name was mistakenly left off the list and it was only realised when we were going to the field,” a disappointed batsman Nicholas Kebba said.
The afternoon at Lugogo Oval also psychologically tortured Tornado Bee as their contest against Charity Trust Fund got washed out. They have now won two and lost as many in five outings.
Runners-up four-years ago, Charity remained one of the three unbeaten sides including fellow Group A outfits Patidar Samaj and KICC.
While Patidar also decried afternoon downpour that washed out their tie against Jinja SS, they had smiled to a 173-run win over JACC.
It was set up by Emmanuel Isaneez’s 38-ball 67* and Daniel Batuwa’s 42 off 25 and after setting 207/5, Patidar skipper Ankit Patel stunned JACC’s batsmen with figures of 7/13.
KICC, 2014 runners-up, advanced to the last eight following four-wicket and 50-run wins over Kampala Pirates and Budo in turn. “We grow stronger by the day,” a boastful KICC captain Hanumant Katkar said. To ensure five in five, KICC had Frank Nsubuga (2/5 & 22 off 14) and Arthur Ziraba (38 off 25) to thank in respective ties.
NATIONAL TWENTY20 CUP - SELECTED RESULTS
Tornado Bee vs. ACC
Tornado Bee vs. Charity
( Washed Out)
Challengers174/7 Avengers 155/6
Wanderers 63/4 Tornado 59/5
Kampala Pirates 81/7 KICC 82/6
KICC 141/9 Budo 91/5