Like the first, there were more outstanding individual performances on another competitive second weekend of action in the National Division One 50-Over League.
On Sunday, Tornado skipper Frank Nsubuga took a six-wicket haul to move his scalps’ tally to 10 as they bowled out Wanderers for 69 in 27.4 overs, a target they met for three wickets in 57 balls at Kyambogo Oval.
Across the Nile River, a 136-ball 101 century from Narinder Singh got Rounders’ season off the mark with a 26-run victory over newly-promoted Jinja SS.
The opener made seven boundaries before he fell in the 40th over with the score board reading 146-4. “At the beginning of the year, I wanted to bat better,” a delighted Narinder said. “I would have even pushed further but by the time my wicket fell, my body was demanding.”
Narinder’s brother Varinder added 32 off 18 to help them set 246-8. Captain Varinder returned with figures of 3-48 but two half-tons from Emmanuel Taban (61 off 63) and Geoffrey Gandi (50 off 27) were not enough for Jinja SS, who eventually got bowled out for 220.
At Lugogo Oval, holders Tornado B snatched an eight-run victory from the jaws of defeat at the hands of Nile.
A second wicket 80-run partnership between Roger Mukasa (68 off 41) and William Kibuukamusoke (38 off 40) and another combo between Davis Karashani (46 off 47) and captain Jeremy Kibuukamusoke (44 off 36) helped to Tornado B to an all-out 270 score in 43.4 overs.
Nile got off perfectly with an opening stand of 89 between Martin Ondeko (38 off 88) and Dharval Patel (51 off 64) in the first 20 overs. With the fielders showing high levels of complacency, captain David Musoke and Brian Masaba added 34 each.
Needing 21 to win off Cyrus Kibuukamusoke’s (3-66) final over, Nile’s Ivan Kakande (41 off 25) clobbered two consecutive sixes to arouse a likely rosy finish.
On the next ball, Kakande was caught by Jeremy attempting to reach the boundary at the side screen and, Abraham Oduch’s (7 off 17) dismissal and a dot ball gave Tornado B the edge.