In the eyes of many neutrals, Tornado B were unworthy winners in their narrow nine-run National Twenty20 League victory over Charity Trust Fund on Saturday.
And if anything, the performance of the men in the green and orange stripe at Kyambogo Oval should be one of the most unsatisfactory ones since the start of last year.
Nonetheless, the hard fought win ended youthful Charity’s six-match winning streak and star-studded Tornado B moved to four unbeaten games, continuing to cement their favourites-tag status.
Owing to Tornado B’s batting strength, many would have blamed Charity captain Jonathan Ssebanja for having asked them to bat first.
But on a slow wicket and vastly soggy outfield, seamer Ssebanja took 4/24, spinner Boris Aguma struck with 3/19 and two run-outs from Jackson Ogwang had Tornado B bowled out for 89 in 18.4 overs.
Only top-order batsmen Nicholas Kebba (22 off 27) and Lawrence Ssematimba (18 off 22) put on mention worthy scores but Ssebanja was not satisfied.
“Our target was to restrict them to 70 runs,” he said after the match. “We would have won but a shaky start to our second innings also cost us.”
“In my opinion, we deserved to win,” Kebba said. “The pitch wasn’t easy to play on but we piled the pressure and we knew Charity would succumb to it.”
After Tornado B’s poor execution with the bat, spinners Davis Karashani (3/10) and Roger Mukasa (3/9) reduced Charity to 4-7 after three overs.
A 44-run fifth wicket stand between the determined pair of Ogwang (29 off 41) and Derrick Bakunzi (12 off 29) rekindled Charity’s hopes as their opponents championed in dropping catches and sequential misfielding.
Mukaaya Sharma was unbeaten with 17 off 14 and Innocent Ndawula made two runs when Charity needed 11 off left arm seamer Charles Waiswa’s final three deliveries.