Talk of being valiant and you will probably never have a better occasion than what was witnessed on Sunday at the Lugogo cricket oval.
Already five wickets down and only sixty runs on the scoreboard, Tornado Cricket Club was in a deep hole. And against that back-drop came the man right at the hour- a one Franco Nsubuga to save his team, Tornado, the 2012 League champions from indignity, if not annihilation.
However, Nsubuga stole the show by posting a huge century that gave Tornado an unassailable lead to secure victory that saw him light up the weekend.
In 121 balls, Nsubuga scored 114 runs that propelled Tornado to a 22810 in 49.3 overs victory over Challengers, whose chase with huffs and puffs could only see them score 15910 in 42.5 overs.
On top of that, he picked four wickets, giving away 32 runs. It was a pulsating match especially in the way Nsubuga turned it around. Besides, he didn’t see this coming, considering that his last century was back in 2009.
He said: “When I got onto the crease, I told myself one thing: that more than before, I had to stay on very long and see to it that I bat out all the overs. We had lost so many wickets already and by the time I came in at number seven, we were in a bad situation, as their bowlers had torn through our batting order so easily.”
As such, the pressure was clearly on for the left-handed Nsubuga, who has played for the national team for the last decade as a perennial spin-bowler, and is now considered a veteran. It is, indeed, a long time back when Nsubuga made his bow on the national cricket scene as a burgeoning starlet with raw talent. He has now balded, a clear sign of how much water has gone under the bridge while he tormented batsmen and bowlers with his all-round play.
And it is because of his undoubted skill, inspirational and leadership qualities that he has been Tornado’s captain for the last few years. And as would be expected of a true leader and inspiration, he carried his charges right at the tail-end of the batting line-up to glory.
One of his opponents on the day, Arthur Kyobe, another one synonymous with scoring centuries and alongside whom Nsubuga has played on the national team, said in regards to Nsubuga’s feat that it was no surprise because Nsubuga is sheer quality.
Notably, while the thought of losing clearly sucked for Nsubuga, a big reason as to why he led the fight-back for Tornado, Nsubuga told The Observer that his child marked three years on July 4. And an ‘A’ performance from him was a pushing force for him in order to dedicate the win to his child. “That century was one of my birthday gifts to my child, surely,” said Nsubuga.
In a nutshell, Nsubuga attributes this feat to hardwork, and hopes he can continue with this form against a stubborn Charity Cricket club at Kyambogo cricket oval on Sunday. His last season’s haul of runs was 184. He now has 180.
Source : The Observer