Challengers Carry Big Burden of Expectations

Twenty20 cricket is bloody hell! Such was the distraught feeling within KICC club last Sunday when they lost the National T20 championship final to Challengers at Kyambogo.

KICC were aiming to be the first second division team to win a Championship of this magnitude. And why not after knocking out 2013 league champions Tornado ‘Bees’ in the quarters before ejecting Nile in the final?

It all looked good when they put on 1439. It appeared unassailable, until it started drizzling shortly afterwards. This compelled organisers to apply the Duckworth and Lewis method, which meant that Challengers only had to bat out six overs.

Aiming for 54 runs, they put on 593 and achieved their target with four balls to spare. However, as Challengers continue to celebrate through Easter, the thoughts on the National 50-Overs league starting next weekend will be resounding, as much as the burden of expectation from now on.

“Now everyone will sit back and notice us that we are a good team and we are coming to dislodge them,” said Challengers’ Arthur Kyobe, who won the award for best batsman.

Source : The Observer

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