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Tornado surges ahead in T20 title racePublish Date: Mar 24, 2014
Tornado surges ahead in T20 title race
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Lawrence Sematimbatop scored for Tornado B with 59 runs.
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By Charles Mutebi 

UCA T20 National League

JACC 76 Tornado B 77/2 (Tornado B win by eight wickets)

Tornado B 158/4 Jinja SS 96/9 (Tornado B win by 62 runs)

Tigers 157/8 Wanderers 130/6 (Tigers win by 27 runs)

Tornado 148/7 SKLPS 101/7 (Tornado win by 47 runs)

Premier 88 Challengers 93/0 (Challengers win by 10)

Warriors 93 SKLPS 94/9 (SKLPS win by one wicket)

Africa 69 Charity 70/6 (Charity win by four wickets) 

WITH one round of group matches left before the quarterfinals of the UCA T20 National League, it is looks like the two frontrunners for the title are the two Tornados. 

This notion was reinforced with the weekend’s round of matches, which saw Tornado B stretch their perfect record to seven matches in addition to finally climbing to the top of Group A. 

Tornado stretched their lead atop Group B to four points with a comfortable victory over SKLPS. Tornado B’s arrival at the summit of their pool was delayed by Charity’s own remarkable form (seven wins from eight matches) and the match schedule that always left them with a game in hand. 

But two fuss-free wins from Jinja, first against Jinja SS and then JACC moved Tornado B to top spot in Group A, tied on 28 points with Charity, who have played a game more.

Lawrence Sematimba scored an unbeaten 59 runs and John Mpande took 4/12 as Tornado B (158/4 in 20 overs) defeated Jinja SS (96/9 in 20 overs) by six wickets in the tougher of their two-match Jinja assignment. 

The second game wasn’t much of a contest, with Davis Karashani taking 2/8 as Tornado B bowled out JACC for 76 in 19.4 overs. Veteran Akbar Baig scored 42 off 28 to secure the eight-wicket victory inside Tornado B’s first eight overs. 

Meanwhile, an all-round display from Frank Nsubuga inspired Tornado to a 47-run win over SKLPS at Lugogo on Saturday.

Nsubuga scored 54 and then took 3/9, all match-best figures, as Tornado (148/7 in 20 overs) defeated SKLPS, 101/7 to record their seventh win in six games.  

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