Stray Lions moved to the top of the Super League with a resounding win over leaders Swamibapa as Mepani’s ton lifts Kanbis chances of another league title.
Swamibapa skipper Lameck Onyango admitted Swamibapa’ s batsman had their confidence "dented" by their Peponi School's mauling at the hands of Stray Lions bowlers- but insists his side can bounce back and win the league title.
"Whenever you lose a game of cricket your confidence is dented but we definitely have the players who can bounce back," said Onyango.
Swamibapa lost their eight matches unbeaten run bill match to Stray Lions by nine wickets after being bowled out for 129 runs in 28.4 overs as Kanbis closed the gap with a win over host Sikh Union.
The day that saw Ramesh Mepani celebrate his 22 years in the local league with a century also witnessed Ruaraka record another win with a five wickets win over Kongonis.
Nairobi Gymkhana too were victorious with an easy win over host Cutchi Leva.
Swamibapa captain Onyango added that his side was not good on the day with the bat but is hopeful of a comeback with five matches to play.
"We weren't quite good enough and no one managed to put their hand up with the bat in that match. But we have lost before in the past and put in a good performance a week later and we can do it again."
Onyango was the second top scorer for the visitors with 21 after the top order was reduced to 53 for 6 after a sterling bowling display by Wilkin Mota who bagged four wickets.
With the loss, Swamibapa dropped to second place, five points behind Stray Lions who moved up the table for the first time.
Kanbis maintained their third place after beating Sikh Union by 87 runs.
Ramesh Mepani one of the most capped player in the league scored his first century of the season as they wrapped up their seventh win of the season at Sikh Union.
Mepani who is celebrating 22 years in the top flight league scored 131 in a fine 127-ball innings, scoring eight fours and three sixes to lead his side to 282 for 8.
Kanbis shuffled their batting order dropping Rakep Patel (37) to number five from three and Mepani to seven from five.
The plan seemed to have backfired when they were reduced to 25 for three before bouncing to put on 257 for the loss of only five more wickets.
In reply, the home side continued to struggle with the bat with only number nine batsman Zaheed Abbas (57) and Nadeem Ahmed (49) putting on a decent show with the bat.
Rajesh Bhudia and Mikunj Pindoria bagged three wickets each.
At Samaj School, visitors Nairobi Gymkhana bounced back from their loss to Ruaraka with a six wickets win over hosts Cutchi Leva.
Chasing 126 after Lucas Oluoch, Rishabh Singh and Raj Savala had each bagged three wickets, Gymkhana reached the target in 19 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Rishabh was Gymkhana’s top scorer with 35 runs with captain Karan Kaul remaining unbeaten on 33.
Kaushik Hirani was the toast of the hosts bowling with three for 50.
At Ruaraka, league leading scorer Keyur Parmar missed his third century of the season by two runs as his 98 lead his side to a five wickets win over Kongonis.
Chasing 187, Ruaraka reached the target for the loss of five wickets.
Sikh Union (195 all out) lost to Kanbis (282 for eight) by 87 runs. Nairobi Gymkhana (128 for 4) beat Cutchi Leva (126 all out) by six wickets. Kongonis (187 all out) lost to Ruaraka (188 for 5) by five wickets. Stray Lions (132 for 1) beat Swamibapa (129 all out) by nine wickets.