TODAY’s FIXTURESAt Lugogo OvalWanderers vs. RoundersAt Kyambogo OvalTornado vs. NileDIVISION TWOAt Entebbe OvalKutchi Tigers vs. NileAt Jinja SS OvalWarriors vs. JACC
Only two points separate third-placed Nile (13) from fourth-placed Tornado (11) in the current standings of the National 50-Over League.
Despite the latter playing a game less, the grid gives a rare piece of data as Nile often oscillates at the bottom half of the eight-team log over the last three years.
This time, the difference has been their glittering top-order Dhaval Patel (109 runs), Martin Ondeko (142), Brian Masaba (173) and captain David Musoke (112), who have contributed 64 percent of Nile’s 838 runs so far.
The quartet lie in the top 10 on the league’s batting charts and will want to keep the same form against 2012 winners Tornado when they face off at Kyambogo Oval this morning. “Many pundits wrote us off at the start of the season but we are trying to disprove them,” said Masaba, third on the charts behind Wanderers’ skipper Hamu Kayondo (206). “We only need to starve Tornado captain Frank Nsubuga wickets and we can have a chance to get a win,” he said.
Whereas Nile have batted all the allotted overs in their previous three encounters, Tornado were not convincing in their seven-run win over Jinja SS three weeks ago. But Nsubuga is sure of a positive result having added the experienced former national batsman Nehal Bibodi onto his roster.
“At the start of the year, we lost three openers and with Bibodi now in our ranks, we are a more formidable unit,” Nsubuga, second on the bowling charts with 12 scalps, one more than Masaba, said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor