Something unusual is happening. Aziz Damani is slowly taking position for some rare history in the Jazz Safari National League.
They boast of 100 percent record with eight wins in eight outings on 48 points atop the eight-team log and the run is already into the second round of the season.
The closer they get to the finish-line, the more the desire to finish with that record grows.
This not only sharpens the minds of Damani boys but also puts any opponent on the knife edge in the remaining six matches. Damani meet hot and cold KICC at the lakeside oval in Entebbe with victory as the only option.
Like the club CEO Siva Koti, Aziz Damani players have brushed aside title talk and let their individual shows with both bat and ball do the talking.
A fortnight ago, it is Emmanuel Isaneez’s seven-over spell of 8 for 10 that got Damani cruising past bottom side Premier for a 171-run win. Does KICC have the guts to challenge Damani’s run? Last weekend’s four-wicket loss to Challengers doesn’t suggest so as their bowling arsenal led by Davis Karashani could not contain left-hander Arthur Kyobe. Now for KICC to do the unthinkable, skipper Hanumant Katkar has got to bring a really concrete plan to Entebbe. And they must be more than perfect as it is hard to break down the star-studded Damani.
Ever-critiqued Kyobe made 84 runs off 41 balls against KICC. His diehard will feel that’s enough to stir the debate around the Cricket Cranes’ top-order selection.
But the critics will be humbled if he returns an even better innings when they meet struggling Ceylon Lions at the University Oval in Kyambogo.