KAMPALA. Although they are already relegated, Rounders defeated Challengers by 80 runs at Kyambogo to threaten the latter’s survival chances in the National Men’s Division One 50-Over League action on Sunday.
“We may not be at the top stage next season but we want to bow out with pride,” said Rounders skipper Varinder Singh whose 61-ball 68 proved pivotal in his team’s first league win in 10 matches. Together with Timothy Erumuka’s run-a-ball 38, Rounders went on to set 231 in 46.5 overs.
Despite steady knocks from Challengers’ openers Arthur Kyobe (32 off 18) and Arnold Otwan (48 off 59), Varinder (329) and Aggrey Kintu (444) wrapped it up for the Jinja-based outfit midway the 35th over.
“There is huge relief now for the lads. We have four games to go but even those teams vying for the title must be ready for the surprise,” Varinder added.
Rounders’ last smile had come some 174 days ago in a 51-run win over SKLPS during the National Twenty20 League action at Kyambogo Oval on March 15.
Nile (46) reclaimed top spot by beating a depleted Kutchi Tigers by six wickets in Entebbe.
Rounders 23110 Challengers 15110
(Rounders won by 80 runs)
Kutchi Tigers 13110 Nile 1344
(Nile won by six wickets)
Kampala Pirates 23810 Budo 9410
(Pirates won by 144 runs)
Premier 11010 Jinja SS 1137
(Jinja SS won by three wickets)