On any regular match day in Ugandan cricket, any batsman should be very afraid of Charles Waiswa’s left arm pace, or any of the other bowler’s styles plus other scary fixations that come with the territory. And likewise, any bowler should be thinking of the best way to get Arthur Kyobe or Roger Mukasa out before they do any damage, but that hasn’t been the case this year.
Three games to the end of the league season and the one thing every single cricketer worries about is RAIN. It has become a permanent fixture, washing out several matches at Lugogo and Makerere cricket grounds. Lugogo, which is the home of Ugandan cricket for many, could pass for a swimming pool on any give Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning if not all day.
Wanderers and Nile Cricket Clubs remain the most affected clubs since the beginning of the second round. Two washed out games on consecutive weekends for second placed Wanderers have dealt a huge blow to their title hopes.
“We have been unfortunate that our run in games happened to be at Lugogo whose outfield is unplayable when it rains. I believe that we could have had a very good chance to lift the trophy but our chances are now mathematical and that doesn’t count” said wanderers captain, Dennis Musali. Other teams affected by the rain are KICC and Charity Trust Fund.
Going into this weekend, table toppers Partidar who have been lucky not to encounter destructive rain during their second round travels take on 3rd placed Charity at Kyambogo cricket ground. Charity is looking to stay in the top four and play in the Champions trophy.
Wanderers who are sixteen points off the pace get a breather away from Lugogo when the play Tornado B Entebbe. An unlikely win for Tornado B could ease their relegation blues.
Nile and KICC tussle it out at Lugogo, the dreaded ground while Tornado will be involved in a mid table clash with fifth placed Rounders in Jinja.