In a space of three weeks, two successive defeats to Wanderers and Tornado B at Lugogo Oval have seen Rounders fall to sixth position with 11 points on the eight-team Division One National 50-Over League log.
One thing Rounders’ skipper Narinder Singh concedes is that they never win away from their home ground at Jinja SS. “We do struggle against opponents when away in Kampala,” such was Narinder’s explanation for the two losses.
He promised a defeat for any side that visited them across the Nile River and if so, Rounders’ poor run could end when they host 2012 winners Tornado at Jinja SS Oval today.
“Every side from Kampala that visits us will face it hard,” Narinder, who leads his side’s batting and bowling charts with 180 runs from five innings and joint-top with teammates Aggrey Kintu on 11 scalps, told Sunday Monitor. In the 11-run loss to holders Tornado B last weekend, Rounders were steady but once Narinder’s 96-ball 52 innings were ended at 31.3 overs, they fell from at 102-3 to 177 all-out in 44.2 overs. “Do not expect such complacency in Jinja. Tornado should come expecting a tough game,” Narinder added.
Challengers were the last side to visit Rounders and lost on June 1 but Tornado captain Frank Nsubuga, who leads the bowling charts with 17 wickets, is ready for the battle. “We must come back with a result from Jinja,” spinner Nsubuga said. “Once we got Nehal Bibodi onto our roster, we now don’t have to worry much but keep calm.”
TODAY - DIVISION I
Rounders vs. Tornado,
Makerere vs. KICC,
Warriors vs. ACC,
Premier vs. Mwiri,