Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association

Ouma and Bhimji lead Swami to another win as Obuya and Kranthi tons surges Stray Lions to victory

Ouma and Bhimji lead Swami to another win as Obuya and Kranthi tons surges Stray Lions to victory

31 Aug 2016

Ouma and Bhimji lead Swami to another win as Obuya and Kranthi tons surges Stray Lions to victory.

Leaders Swamibapa maintained their lead at the summit of the NPCA Super League with another resounding win as the league entered week eight on Sunday.

Maurice Ouma’s first ton of the season saw Swamibapa register a resounding 243 runs win over Cutchi Leva at Nairobi Jaffrey’s to continue maintaining their top spot even after the other top contenders Stray Lions and Kanbis continued their chase on them with win.

The win ensured that Swamibapa cement their lead the summit of the table with 134 points, 15 ahead of second placed Stray Lions who recorded a 139 runs win over hosts Sikh Union.

Third placed Kanbis were also victorious with a seven wickets win over hosts Ruaraka Sports Club.

Ouma’s 136 lifted Swamibapa to 370 for 8 before Jadavji Bhimji’ s had a double five wickets haul against Cutchi Leva with 5 for 34 in five overs.

After winning the toss, the home side lost last week centurion Nicholas Oluoch early on 13 and then Alex Obanda on 31.

The fall of the two wickets, brought in a third wicket stand of 112 between Ouma and Rakesh Kahar (89).

The stand was broken by Yogesh Kabaria who had Kahar caught after facing 48 balls.

After having made a century a week before, Emmanuel Bundi was promoted up to five and never disappointed scoring 50 before being bowled by Mahendra Shiyani.

Ouma later lost Nehemiah Odhiambo cheaply but Saumil Patel gave him a stand on his way to his century with a useful 30.

Ouma faced 114 balls before falling to a catch of Rohit Jesani.

In reply, the visitors looked too confident against the seam bowlers but when the spin duo of Bhimji and Patel was introduced into the attack, they lost wickets at an alarming rate before finally folding on 127.

Jadavji who had picked seven wickets in the first leg played a month ago was the unplayable of the two spinners all his five victims being bowled.

At Nairobi Gymkhana, Kranthi Kumar and Collins Obuya jointly scored magnificent centuries for Stray Lions against Sikh Union as they inflicted a 141-run defeat on the home side.

Kumar and Obuya helped Stray Lions plunder massive 299 all out with four balls to play.

After losing two wickets of Abraham Vadada (1) and Tanmay Mishra (5) Kumar shared a massive third wicket stand of 252 runs with Obuya that lifted the scores to 272.

Kumar smashed a scintillating 154 off 141 balls with 13 fours and seven maximums while Obuya, en-route to his second consecutive hundred in the league, hit a brilliant 101 off 118 balls with the help of four boundaries and same number of sixes.

The stand was broken in the 45th over when Sandip Adole clean bowled Obuya. Adole got his second wicket two balls later when he had Shem Obado caught for a duck.

Kumar who will be heading to the India to play in the India’s top domestic event the Ranji Trophy was finally dismissed in the 47th over when he was run out. Manoj Sai added 12 on the total.

In reply, the hosts once again failed to put on good stands. Number four Gurdeep Singh with 52 and number nine Paramveer Singh with 22 were the only major contributors.

Once again, Stray Lions spin duo of Hiren Varaiya and Shem Obado were the main destroyers of Sikh Union’s inning sharing five wickets between them. Jay Chandarana also had a good spell picking three wickets as Sikh Union ended their chase on 158.

At Ruaraka, Kanbis openers Narendra Patel and Dhiren Gondaria both scored half centuries as the visitors beat hosts Ruaraka by seven wickets.

Chasing 138 runs, the openers gave their side a good platform with an opening stand of 75 before Narendra was dismissed on 50 runs.

Gondaria and Rakep Patel continued with the work and the two got the scores past the hundred mark before Rakep was caught on 19 runs.

Nelson Odhiambo was the third wicket to fall as Gondaria remained unbeaten on 58.

Earlier Keyur Parmar had once again top scored for the struggling Ruaraka with 51 runs.

Even as his side kept losing wickets regularly, Parmar once again remained steadfast leading his side to 139.

At Nairobi Club, Nairobi Gymkhana revenged their first leg loss to Kongonis with an eight wickets win.

Keval Patel with 4 for 39 was the chief destroyer for Kongonis who ended on 159 despite Chris Childs 70 runs.

Karan Kaul was the star with the bat for the visitors with 74 runs as the match ended in 26.5 overs.

Prashant Srinivas added on 46 in the chase.


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