Challengers C.C won the toss in the first game of the Jazz Safari National Men’s 50 over league and elected to bat piling on a massive 350 runs.
Arthur Kyobe led the scoring with a first game century as he has consistently done in previous seasons; a massive first wicket stand of 206 between Arthur Kyobe 108(127) and Hamu Kayondo84(95) knocked the wind out of Nile C.C’s sails early in the game as they picked boundaries effortlessly and cashed in on some sloppy fielding.
The openers were watchful of the opening spells from Ivan Baidhu and Samuel Mwanja as the two left arm quicks bowled a probing line outside the off stump, Hamu particularly comfortable leaving the ball.
When set, they began to pounce on anything short or wide and scored boundaries regularly, Arthur was gifted at least two lives and his celebration of his hundred was subdued before he was caught at point off the bowling of Samuel Mwanja.
Hamu and Kamal’s quick-fire 37 run second wicket stand effectively batted Nile C.C out of the game as they run rate continued to race away.
Kamal Shahzad 43(29) scored briskly and never allowed any bowler to settle as he raced out of the blocks but fell LBW short of a much deserved half century; New signing Afridi Irfan 50(22) then displayed his range of hitting bringing up a quick half century to push the Challengers score past the 350 mark with Henry Ssenyondo 10(13).
Nile C.C lost opener Abdulhamid Suleiman early in the innings who was castled by an in swinger from David Wabwire but Abu Seguya 48(41) had other plans as he pummeled all bowlers without much restraint continuing in his form of attacking cricket.
Sri Lankan Left hander Ruwan Jayaratne 12(21) was welcomed by some chin music from the quick bowler but looked comfortable swaying out of the way of a good bouncer from Wabwire. The aggressive Seguya reconstructed the Nile innings with Ruwan in an 81 run second wicket stand but after they both fell within four balls of each other, the innings never recovered as Irfan Afridi picked off regular wickets and polished off the tail together with Henry Senyondo (2/20)
5th March 2017