Seven days ago, Tornado skipper Frank Nsubuga blazed a match-winning 121-ball century of 114 runs as his side beat Challengers by 69 runs for their fifth successive men’s Division One National 50-Over League victory at Lugogo Oval.
Although the tournament’s third ton rescued the 2012 winners from a 64-6 slump after 18.5 overs enroute to setting 228 to move top of the eight-team log with 28 points, Nsubuga wasn’t contented with the entire team performance.
“We gave away cheap wickets and the top-order batsmen did not chip in as expected,” said Nsubuga after in reference to the top quartet of Davis Turinawe, Timothy Kayigwa, Stephen Kahuma and Musa Ntanda, who combined for only 24 runs.
Like the enthusiastic Argentina and Germany fans ahead of tonight’s Fifa World Cup final, Nsubuga expects a comeback from his top order when they face Charity Trust Fund at Kyambogo Oval this morning. “I hope the openers perform better,” Nsubuga, whose spin bowling has fetched him 23 scalps thus far, said.
“On paper, we are better than Charity and we want to keep it that way on the oval.”
Just like Tornado, third-placed Charity (24) have lost only one encounter and can go top if the youthful side puts up a spirited performance. “At the moment, we have two games to finish the first round and our strategy is not to concede any other defeat for now,” said Charity captain Jonathan Ssebanja, whose side last outing was a 116-run win over Jinja SS three weeks ago. In that fixture, lanky Charity all-rounder Jackson Ogwang returned from a four-month ban with 106-ball 75 half-ton and his willow will be itching to knock off more runs.
The day also has four Division II fixtures on card.
NATIONAL 50-OVER LEAGUE – DIV I
Tornado vs. Charity, Kyambogo
DIVISION TWO AT 10.30AM
Patidar vs. KICC, Lugogo
Warriors vs. Makerere, Entebbe
K. Tigers vs. SKLPS, Budo
JACC vs. ACC, Jinja
SOURCE: Daily Monitor