Following opening National Twenty20 League defeats to Tornado and Nile two weeks ago, big spending Challengers were in trouble of missing out on a quarterfinal slot. But new signing Arthur Kyobe quashed any doubts that his side doesn’t have winning mentality as he led from the front in the respective six and seven-wicket wins over Kampala Institute Cricket Club (KICC) and Warriors at Budo on Sunday.
When his captain Abdul Mubarak opted to field, KICC banked on John Tumusiime’s 43-ball 69 knock to set 154 for 8. But all was calm as Kyobe struck six fours and a six enroute to a 44-ball 63 that helped Challengers win with 16 balls to spare.
In the afternoon, Kyobe clobbered three sixes and five boundaries in a quick-fire 66 off 30 balls as Challengers chased down Warriors’ 131-all out in 9.3 overs.
Just like Kyobe, it was the same script for new Wanderers’ recruit Daniel Batuwa. The former national U-19 player made eight boundaries apiece as his side saw off ACC and Patidar in similar fashion by eight wickets at Kyambogo Oval. Batuwa blitzed 61 off 37 against ACC and later stroked a similar half ton off 36 balls against Patidar to complement their 80-run win over Mwiri on Saturday.