By Charles Mutebi
Patidar 149/9 Nile 150/1
(Nile win by nine wickets)
Premier 85 Makerere 86/5
(Makerere win by five wickets)
Makerere 59 SVPC 60/2
(SVPC win by eight wickets)
Two years ago, Patidar finished the national cricket season with the dictatorial honour of having swept every trophy on the calendar.
How times change.
This season Patidar have been relegated from the Multiple Industries Cricket League Division one in a quick and nasty turnaround of fortunes. Patidar’s last act in division one, and for at least one more year, came on Sunday and not surprisingly it ended in defeat.
Patidar were hammered by Nile at Kyambogo, something hardly surprising since the former went into the match with their doom already sealed.
Nile won the toss and opted to field, a strategy that paid off after they restricted Patidar to 149/9 in 44.1 overs. Emmanuel Isaanez and Jignesh Parekh led Patidar’s batsmen with 52 and 39 runs respectively.
Raza Iqbal with 4/34 and Brian Masaba with 2/22 were the pick of Nile’s bowlers. In response, the affable Martin Ondeko smashed an unbeaten 60 runs and Dhaval Patel added 48 not out as Nile raced to 150/1 in just 22.1 overs.
Patidar’s demise begun when local governing body UCA decided to pass a rule restricting the number of national team players per league club to three. Patidar and, before them, Premier had used their large coffers to assemble untouchable all-star teams that rolled over all comers.
The rule precipitated a player exodus from Patidar and the rest, as they say, is history. Patidar have been relegated alongside SKLPS and their places will go to the Challengers and Jinja SS, winners of promotion from division 2.