Cricket: Isaneez pace-fire keeps Aziz Damani flying in League


KAMPALA. Will it be a 100 percent season? Who will stop Aziz Damani? The Siva Koti-managed side can’t stop winning.

The defending champions began the second round of the Jazz Safari National League like they wrapped up the first with a rubber-stamping 171-run win over bottom side Premier at lakeside oval in Entebbe on Sunday. It is now eight matches and eight wins for unstoppable Damani.
Nearly every squad player has had a contribution in this Cinderella story. On Sunday, the day belonged to Emmanuel Isaneez.
His right-arm medium fast deliveries produced a stand-out seven-over spell of 8/10, more than enough to bowl out Premier for a paltry 45 runs, ending their pursuit of 217 in 14.4 overs. “Everything worked out for me,” said long-serving Isaneez.

The 2004 and 2006 U-19 Youth World Cup finalist reminded everyone of his stellar old days in style to the extent that only Nicholas Obuoch (18 off 17 balls) attempted to withstand his flying flames.

“I woke up on the right side of the bed and things should keep going for me. We are still unbeaten but we are focused on closing in on the title,” he added.

In the first innings, Sai Manoj (54 off 86) and on-form Cricket Cranes’ all-rounder Riazat Shah (49 off 36) had led Damani to a comfortable 216-6. At Kyambogo, Tornado Bee was denied reaching the 200-run mark but still did enough to beat Ceylon Lions by 85 runs.

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