By Charles Mutebi
Multiple Industries League
Patidar 180/5 Tornado 181/9
(Tornado win by 1 wicket)
Wanderers 109/9 Charity 111/8
(Charity beat Wanderers by two wickets)
Challengers 101 Nile 102/6
(Nile win by four wickets)
This kind of climax is only supposed to happen in our wildest dreams.
Yet here we are, one game to play in the Multiple Industries division one cricket league and the title is set to be decided in winner-take-all combat between the two contenders - Tornado and Patidar.
This is all thanks to a couple of results on Sunday, which could have easily gone a different way and had totally different consequences.
The Wanderers would be champions right now if they had defeated Charity and Tornado failed to beat Patidar.
Yet Charity stunned the Wanderers by two wickets and Tornado (now table leaders) pipped Patidar by one wicket to set up a grand finale to the 2012 elite national cricket league.
Tornado are on 60 points, one ahead of the Wanderers but, barring a cruel wash-out, that will mean nothing in Sunday’s contest at Kyambogo. It’s a final, to put it simply.
After two seasons of little to no competition in the top cricket league, sport governing body UCA have got exactly what they wanted, if not more. And most importantly, so have the fans.
Charity’s victory did not only shake up the title race but it kept them in position to qualify for the Champions Trophy.
Nile, who beat the Challengers by four wickets, were poised to overtake Charity and will try again on Sunday, when all the attention will undoubtedly be on the ‘final’ at Kyambogo.