Joseph Baguma and Siraje Nsubuga starred for Ceylon Lions and Nyakasura respectively as the two sides opened the 2024 National Men’s 50 Over League with comfortable victories.
Nsubuga in a low scoring game that Ceylon Lions won by 9 wickets bagged 6 wickets as league returnees Tornado Bee got bowled out for 78.
The spinner in the nine Overs he took charge of conceded just 20 runs that returned an economy of 2.2.
Baguma meanwhile missed a hat trick by a whisker on his way to recording four wickets. The 18-year-old picked three of his wickets in the 29th Over- his sixth- as Nyakasura charged to a 2-wicket win against Wanderers.
Wanderers who had Abu Seguya come short of a half century by three runs set 148 all out for the school boys to chase; the school boys in a revised target of 133 that was as a result of the afternoon drizzles accomplished their chase in the 25th Over.
Baguma did not only star with the ball, he also came in handy with the bat, scoring 25 not out in the lower order.
Amos Ahura (35), Fortunate Alijuna (17) and Innocent Mwebaze (19) were the other players that inked double figures for Nyakasura.
Ceylon Lions with a net run rate of 4.0 take an lead in the league.
In the Championship games, Avengers made their intentions of an instant return to the league known. Avengers were among the two sides that were demoted last season, but they opened their season with a double header win against Budo.
The side beat Budo by 7 and 8 wickets in the morning and afternoon games respectively.
Team captain Joshi Yashashvi picked three wickets in that game while U19 star Christopher Kidega scored an unbeaten 35. The 35 was an addition to the 47 he scored in the morning game.