On a weekend of many highs and lows, Kampala Pirates earned promotion to Division 2 after defeating Buddo by 10 wickets on Saturday.
After Avengers lost to the same opposition a couple of weeks back, Pirates only needed to avoid defeat to the same team and earn promotion to Division 2.
The Pirates have been the favorites for promotion from Division 3 and they will be grateful to Joshua Mwanja for his runs as he has been very reliable.
Tornado B are still on course to win a fifth title in a row after defeating Nile by 181 runs in Kyambogo. Deus Muhumuza scored an unbeaten ton to help the defending champions complete a convincing win.
The defeat means Nile is still staring relegation in the face while Tornado B stay in touch with rivals Damani for the title.
Kutchi Tigers finished their second round games unbeaten defeating KICC by 170 runs in Lugogo. The loss dents KICC’s chances of winning the league.
Ronak Patel (138) continued his Ugandan fair tale scoring his second ton for Kutchi Tigers.
If Kutchi had only had a strong 1st round they would have been in with a chance of winning the title. However, their winning streak has made the league interesting leaving Damani and Tornado B as the front line challengers to win the league.
Wanderers more less confirmed their survival in Division 2 after defeating SKLPS by 85 runs. The win means Wanderers pulls away from the relegation places and they should be safe for now.
Tornado needs to find a win as they are running out of games to save them from relegation. They lost by 8 wickets to promotion favorites Premier in Entebbe. Perhaps the position isn’t fair to Tornado who have a decent side boasting of many young players and it wouldn’t be fair to them to be relegated.
As the league reaches the business end, Premier and ACC are in prime position to be promoted to Division 1 that is if they can win all their remaining games.
It’s a straight out slog between Damani and Tornado B for the Division 1 title but both have to play Challengers who can spoil the party for either.
Only Division 3 is sorted for now with Kampala Pirates joining Division 2 effective next season.
Jazz Safari National League match summaries
Saturday 9th September 2017
Kyambogo Cricket Oval
KC Budo 53/10 in 13.1 overs lost to Kampala Pirates 55/0 in 7.4 overs by 9 wickets
KC Budo won the toss and opted to bat
Batting Budo: Chintan Herai 14(12)
Bowling Pirates: Patrick Oburu 8/28 in 7 overs
Batting Pirates: Alpha Adowa 24(22) n.o, Leone Stefan 21(22) n.o
Bowling Budo: Brian Tayoleke 0/12 in 3 overs
MOM: Patrick Oburu 8/28
Sunday 10th September 2017.
Tornado Bee 268/8 in 50 overs beat Nile 87/10 in 22.3 overs by 181 runs
Tornado Bee won the toss and opted to bat.
Batting Tornado Bee: Deusdedit Muhumuza 100(89)n.o, Nicholas Kebba 40(80)
Bowling Nile: Ivan Kakande 2/37 in 8 overs, Ivan Baidhu 1/38 in 9 overs.
Batting Nile: Umar Cheema 19(13), David Musoke 13(21)
Bowling Tornado bee: Akbar Baig 4/16 in 7 overs, Deusdedit Muhumuza 3/22 in 4 overs
MOM: Deusdedit Muhumuza 100(89)n.o, 3/22
Lugogo Cricket Oval
Kutchi Tigers 336/7 in 50 overs beat KICC 166/10 32.2 overs by 170 runs
Kutchi Tigers won the toss and opted to bat
Batting Kutchi: Ronak Patel 138(131), Ankit Patel 65(81)
Bowling KICC: Sohaib Ehsan 2/47 in 5 overs, Falak Sher 2/60 in 8 overs
Batting KICC: Falak Sher 51(34), Frank Nsubuga 28(29)
Bowling Kutchi: Suresh Pandiyachi 2/19 in 6 overs, Dinesh Kumar 2/25 in 5.1 overs
MOM: Ronak Patel 138(131)
Tornado 68/10 in 15.5 overs lost to Premier 70/2 in 7.1 overs by 8 wickets
Premier won the toss and opted to bowl.
Batting Tornado: Sharma Mukaya 22(31), Eddy Agaba 19(19)
Bowling Premier: Utsav Shah 3/4 in 1.5 overs, Farid Dinani 2/8 in 3 overs
Batting Premier: Satnam Singh 52(18) n.o
Bowling Tornado: Moses Kitara 2/17 in 3 overs
MOM: Satnam Singh 52(18) n.o, 1/19
KC Budo Oval
Wanderers 162/10 in 37 overs beat SKLPS 77/10 in 26.1 overs by 85 runs
SKLPS won the toss and opted to bowl
Batting Wanderers: Michael Nuwagaba 27(22), Norbert Abii 26(23).
Bowling SKLPS: Hirani Vinod 3/36 in 7 overs, Hitesh Jeshani 3/37 in 6 overs.
Batting SKLPS: Chetan Halai 18(48), Shadui Kerai 17(16).
Bowling Wanderers: Nirav Hathi 3/13 in 6 overs, Norbert Abii 3/23 in 10 overs.
MOM: Norbert Abii 26(23), 3/23