KAMPALA. KICC overcame a slow start to deny format favourites Challengers’ the day’s double delight at Kyambogo as the UCA Divisional Twenty20 Tournament bowled off on Sunday. Challengers reaped from the slow wicket to beat KICC by three wickets after chasing 114 runs but their batting mojo faded in the afternoon to gift KICC a nine-wicket triumph.
The entire afternoon at Kyambogo was about KICC Wasim Butt who made a pivotal half-century of 59 runs in a beautiful innings that questioned Challengers’ credentials.
“Both teams have began quite slowly,” Challengers’ captain Hamu Kayondo described the day.
“There is a lot that we can improve upon. As you see, the season has just began and nearly all are rusty,” he added. Challengers were a complete opposite of themselves in the second match, with Kayondo and Steven Wabwose top-scoring with 15 runs apiece before they were bowled out for 74 runs in 16.4 overs.
Much of that damage had been done by Irfan Afridi (3/11), Suleman Sharif (2/17) and Frank Akankwasa (2/14), the latter who has just returned from ICC High Performance Camp in South Africa. Butt had only made three runs in the morning and when he walked out with fellow opener Sharif to chase, the Pakistan-born wanted something better.
“The wicket was quite slow in the morning but it improved and suited me later,” said a smiling
Butt after knocking off the half-ton in 31 balls. Butt played like a man on a big mission, stroking four boundaries and as many meaty sixes to wind up the game in 9.4 overs.
UCA DIVISIONAL T20 tourney
Patidar Samaj 115/10 SKLPS 89/9
(Patidar won by 26 runs)
SKLPS 61/5 Patidar Samaj 62/2
(Patidar won by 8 wickets)
KICC 113/6 Challengers 114/7
(Challengers won by 3 wickets)
Challengers 74/10 KICC 75/1
(KICC won by 9 wickets)
Aziz Damani Devt 166/5 Jinja SS 158/8
(Aziz Damani won by 8 runs)
Aziz Damani Devt 186/5 Jinja SS 95/8
(Aziz Damani won by 91 runs)
Wanderers 70/9 Ceylon Lions 71/2
(Ceylon Lions won by 8 wickets)
Wanderers 152/4 Ceylon Lions 155/6
(Ceylon Lions won by 4 wickets)