Relegated Patidar Samaj seek to end with consolation win
Posted Sunday, December 8 2013 at 02:00
Cricket. Defending champions Tornado and Charity face off at Lugogo in another dead rubber.
Just three years ago, Patidar Samaj Cricket Club was firing on all cylinders in local competitions.
Most notably, the Indian-oriented club took a double in the 2011 season.
But once they lost the trio of national team stars; opening bowler Charles Waiswa plus the Mukasa brothers - Roger Galiwango and Lawrence Ssematimba to Tornado B, they engaged the self-destruct mode and forthwith struggled.
Two seasons down the road, they have been the whipping boys, together with Shree Kutch Leva Patel Samaj (SKLPS), as they failed to garner positive results this season.
How times change! While recently promoted Tornado B are already sure of being crowned Division One Multiple Industries 50-Over League champions, seventh-placed Patidar (22 points) will join winless SKLPS to the lower tier next season.
Despite the demotion, skipper Ankit Patel wants his side to end their woeful topflight campaign with victory against Nile (31) at the University Oval in Kyambogo today.
“It has been a tough year for us,” Patel told Sunday Monitor in a dejected tone.
“Most of our key players have not been fully committed. I think we should have stuck to our trio,” he added while referring to the Mukasa, Ssematimba and Waiswa combination.
Adding: “We want to win on Sunday (today) and finish the season with some pride.”
Patel will mainly bank on the pair of Emmanuel Issanez and Farouk Ochimi, who have a combined 323 runs and 39 wickets.
But Nile captain David Musoke, who tallies the same batting total with the pair, will want to cleanse his memory of last weekend’s 56-run loss to Tornado at the same oval in Kyambogo.
While chasing a mammoth 320, Nile could only managed 264 runs in the league highest scoring game thus far.