By Charles Mutebi
UCA T20 National League
Wanderers 78 Jinja 79/1
(Jinja win by nine wickets)
JACC 133/8 Wanderers 134/4
(Wanderers win by six wickets)
Tornado B 191/3 Patidar 98
(Tornado B win by 93 runs)
Africa 101/5 Tornado B 104/1
(Tornado B win by nine wickets)
Rounders 112/5 Tornado 116/2
(Tornado win by eight wickets)
Warriors 90 Tornado 94/5
(Tornado win by five wickets)
Patidar 147/5 Charity 148/7
(Charity win by three wickets)
KICC 158/8 Nile 163/6
(Nile win by four wickets)
Mwiri 100/7 Africa 101/5
(Africa win by five wickets)
KICC 200/7 Premier 174/6
(KICC win by 26 runs)
THE Wanderers are the reigning T20 National League champions but captain Denis Musali adds, they are not contenders for this year’s crown.
“We have very few chances of winning this year’s title,” revealed Musali in an interview with the New Vision yesterday.
The evidence of Musali’s claim came in two forms last week. First was the sudden loss of spinner Davis Karashani to Tornado B and, secondly, the embarrassing nine-wicket reverse to Jinja SS on Sunday.
Losing to Jinja, by such a huge margin no less, was a massive blemish for the defending champions but they were mitigating factors that sort of explain the outcome.
But the loss of Karashani, who is national skipper and an experienced bowling all-rounder, is one the Wanderers may not have answers for, for some time.
“We travelled to Jinja with only nine players (the others were late for the trip) and Hamza (Saleh) and Arthur (Ziraba) did not travel because they had other commitments,” explained Wanderers captain Denis Musali.
Fred Achelam scored a match-best 46 not out for Jinja, who had bowled out the undermanned Wanderers for 78 runs in 16.2 overs. Saddam Oyaga was Wanderers’ chief tormentor with the ball, taking four wickets for just one run to set up an easy job for Jinja’s batsmen, who raced to 79/1 in just 8.5 overs.
The Wanderers, however, managed to bounce back with a six-wicket win over JACC in their afternoon match.
As for the real contenders Tornado B, Tornado and perhaps even Charity, Sunday was a normal working day, all their engagements ending in victory.
Tornado B defeated Patidar and Africa, by 93 runs and nine wickets respectively while Tornado beat the Rounders and Warriors by eight wickets and five wickets respectively. Charity downed Patidar by three wickets.