Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association

New rivals battle it out in a match that could play a key role in the final league standing.

New rivals battle it out in a match that could play a key role in the final league standing.

3 Sep 2016

New rivals battle it out in a match that could play a key role in the final league standing.

This weekend’s top of the bill match between multiple champions Kanbis and Stray Lions will see the two teams battling it out for the second spot in the league and could also go a long way to deciding the destination of the NPCA Super League.

Stray Lions, who are currently placed at the second spot with 119 points will need a win to maintain their second place as even a Swamibapa (134) loss to Sikh Union will still have them maintain the top place unless they fail to get any batting or bowling points.

If Kanbis (113) win the match, they will move up to second and topple Stray Lions.

Since falling in the first leg at Peponi School, Stray Lions have picked up their pieces and have not lost any match since.

On their part, Kanbis went on to loss to Swamibapa thus dropping to third place.

But all said and done, the standing and recent performance of the two sides will count to nothing  as matches like this are won by the team that takes their chances and not form.

Batsmen to play key role

At Peponi School, Stray Lions dropped three chances as Rakep Patel went on to score a match winning century.

The batting of the two sides is equally strong and capable of setting up the tone of the match.

In Kanbis camp, Rakep Patel and Dhiren Gondaria have been in top form with the bat while Narendra Kalyan has struggled to transform his good starts into big scores.

Nelson Odhiambo has put on a good show in the middle and has in most cases been the game changer for his side when the top order has been caught off guard.

Stray Lions camp is much stronger as far the bat is concerned as most of its players have been able to make headlines with some good scores.

Century’s paradise

Abraham Vadada, Collins Obuya, Shem Obado and Manoj Sai have all scored a century.

Tanmay Mishra and Wilkin Mota have scored half centuries.

With this kind of performance, Stray Lions will enter the match a strong batting side.

The bowling of the two sides are equally strong but Stray Lions duo of Shem Obado and Hiren Varaiya who have stood out in the league.

The two have shared 40 wickets between them in just seven matches.

Swamibapa not ready to stop

Leaders Swamibapa will be seeking at extending their lead at the summit when they welcome Sikh Union at Nairobi Jaffery.

While Swamibapa are enjoying a good start in their quest in winning the league title, Sikh Union have not had rosy outing and have been dropping points regularly.

This performance will get them into Sunday’s match as underdog as Swamibapa seem not to be in any mood to drop any points.

With six centuries so far in the team, Swamibapa batting is once expected to produce some good batting show before their bowling that has picked all the wickets on offer in their last seven matches comes up to finish the work (assuming they batting first).

Revenge mission

At Ruaraka Sports Club, Nairobi Gymkhana will also be seeking a double when they take on the hosts who are also not enjoying a good season with only one win in their account.

Last match will see Kongonis seek a revenge a way to Cutchi Leva.

The last time the two teams met, Cutchi Leva shocked Kongonis with a five wickets win at Nairobi Club.


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