Rajesh Nair’s premier knocked an unbeaten 140 to help his side chase down Strikers .Premier has only managed one win this season for the record against the slayers strikers.Strikers was able to post 317 thanks largely to Rogers Olipa (61) and Derrick Bakunzi (63) who dug them out of a pit at 90/6. The pair had a partnership of more than 100 runs and a late cameo from Richard Agamire (27) took the score past the 300 mark.With the quality of bowlers in the Strikers attack, Premier needed something special to overhaul the total. Rajesh Nair seized the moment by taking on the Strikers attack with an array of beautiful shots. His 360 knock was supported by his captain Ratesh Nair (30) who was with him till the end.This was Premier’s first win of the season and Strikers will have to take the loss as a chance missed to gained some upward movement in a table that is becoming very tight.Aziz Damani the defending champions are closing in on their second title in a row after seeing off KICC at the lakeside oval in Entebbe.Riazat Shah the national team all rounder(100) was the hero for Damani scoring a big century with support from Saud Islam (56).KICC hustled to overhaul the richly assembled Damani side but national team opening bowler Bilal Hassan (5/35) had other ideas picking a fiver giving the defending champions an 86 run win.Meanwhile, Challengers ended Ceylon Lions winning streak with a 32 run victory at the Kyambago Grounds.Aneef Sha (100) scored his first century in local cricket with forgotten man Arthur Kyobe (70) backing him up with a half century.Simon Ssesazi (51) continued his impressive display with the bat for Ceylon Lions but his half century was not enough to drag his side over the line as they were all out with 32 runs required.Lugogo OvalStrikers CC 317/9 Derrick Bakunzi 63(66), Rogers Olipa 61(48) in 50 overs lost to Premier CC 321/6 Rajesh Nair 140(101) n.o, Ronald Opio 39(52) in 48.1 overs by 4 wicketsToss won by Premier who opted to fieldMan of match: Rajesh Nair 140(101) n.oKyambogo OvalChallengers CC 302/7 Aneef Mohamed 100(92), Arthur Kyobe 70(85) in 50 overs beat Ceylon Lions 270/10 Arnold Otwani 89(91), Simon Ssesazi 51(32), Narinder Singh 47(50) in 46.1 overs by 32 runsToss won by Ceylon who opted to fieldMan of match: Aneef Mohamed 100(92), 2/32 in 10 oversEntebbe OvalAziz Damani 278/8 Riazat Shah 108(105), Saudi Islam 58(56) in 50 Overs beat KICC 192/10 Pankal Shatpute 80(74) in 42.3 overs by 86 runsToss won by Damani who opted to batMan of match: Riazat Shah 108(105), 2/18 in 5 oversComments Tags: National cricket league
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has maintained his number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 batsmen rankings released on Tuesday, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the top five in the bowlers’ list, climbing up to fourth spot from seventh.Other Indians making an upward movement in the rankings are Rohit Sharma and promising opener Lokesh Rahul.Rohit vaulted five spots to 17th while Rahul rose 67 places to be placed 31st after his unbeaten century in the first of the two-match series against the West Indies in Lauderhill, US.The 24-year-old Rahul scored an unbeaten 110 in India’s loss to West Indies in the first game.With the second match of the series being called off due to wet conditions, reigning T20 champions West Indies won the T20 series 1-0, which helped the Caribbean side narrow the gap with India in the team rankings.West Indies, who were six points behind second-placed India’s 128 points before the series, are now just one point adrift at 125 with India on 126. New Zealand lead the table with 132 points.West Indian opener Evin Lewis’ 49-ball 100 in the first T20 has helped him move up 288 slots to reach 51st position.BUMRAH SLIPSIn the bowlers’ ranking, Ashwin moved northwards rising three spots to be placed at the fourth position while pacer Jasprit Bumrah dropped a place to third in the table led by West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.Bhuvneshwar Kumar (67th) and Mohammad Shami (82nd) were the others to move up the bowlers’ rankings for India.advertisementLeg-spinner Amit Mishra, playing his first match since the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, has re-entered the rankings at 104th position with three for 24 in the second match.