BOWLERS’ FEST IN NPCA DIVISION I OPENING TIES AS NAIROBI GYMKHANA, SIKH UNION TRIUMPH
The 2021 edition of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League bowled off this past Sunday with matches in Division one producing spectacular results.
AbulQadir Najmi’s half ton was enough to chase down Sir Ali Muslim Club’s meagre 64 – run total for nought. Najmi managed 58 runs in 30 balls to wrap up the victory for Nairobi Gymkhana in just 8.1 overs.
Batting first, Mohammed Taufiq (12 off 22 and Safraz Malik (10 off 25) were the only batsmen to manage double figures as Param Patel ripped through the host’s batting order to amass 6/28 off 8 overs. Dhir Talati (2/7 in 3.4 overs) was the other pick of the bowlers for Gymkhana.
Kanbis Sports Club ‘B’ made short work of Annadil Jamaly (10/70), chasing down their target in just 9.5 overs. Milan Kerai was unbeaten on 27 off 28 balls with Dipin Patel (25 off 17) contributing.
Hussain Adamali (31 off 43balls) was the top scorer for Annadil Jamaly who got cleaned up barely past the halfway mark of their innings. Mukunj Rabadia returned mean figures of 2/6 off 7 overs; Jinesh Jivani (2/21) and Keyur Khetani (2/10) making contributions with the ball.
Yusuf Ali picked the only two wickets to fall for the Eastleigh – based side, managing 2/31 off his five overs.
At Ruaraka Sports Club, the host’s ‘B’ – side fell to Stray Lions ‘B’ by five wickets despite setting up the highest score of the day in the division – 10/151.
A solid batting performance at the top saw Stray Lions chase down the target in 23.5 overs. Dean Antony came in flushing eight boundaries and a maximum on his way to an unbeaten half century 44- ball 59. Contributions from Hamza Khan (34 off 27) and Andrew Mboya (27 off 33) saw the visitors home. Rinkesh Vekariya threatened, but he could only manage 3/29 off his 7 overs.
A lethal bowling attack had reduced the hosts to 51/4 before ex – Kenya international Thomas Odoyo (48 off 73) combined with Rinkesh Vekariya (25 off 51 balls) in a 65 – run fifth wicket partnership to hold the middle. With the departure of the two just six balls apart, the lower order produced two ducks and a solitary run leaving Hiren Kerai unbeaten on 28 runs off 16 balls.
Vaibhav Naresh (3/23) and Andrew Mboya (3/30) were the pick of the bowlers for the Peponi based side alongside Peterson Kamau (2/19) and Jimmy Kamande (2/28.)
Sikh Union Sports Club saw an all-out affair that featured a 10 – run win for the hosts over Swamibapa Sports Club ‘B’. Electing to bat, Suryakant Sanghani picked 6/21 to help bowl out Sikh Union ‘B’ for 89 runs in 29.2 overs, meaningful bat contributions coming from Jitendra Hirani (31 off 69 balls) and Vatsal Haria (12 off 15 balls.)
In reply, Akash Sharma produced a brilliant bowling display, racking up 5/15 in just 7 overs to stop the visitors 10 runs short of their target. Gurminder Riyat top-scored for Swamibapa with a run-a-ball 29.
Altaf Sheikh produced an all – round performance with bat and ball to help Ngara Sports Club ‘B’ to an 8 – wicket win. His 4/16 backed by Kishan Patel’s 3/16 helped bowl out Stray Cheetahs Cricket Club for a paltry 80 runs, before putting on a run-a-ball 27 in the run chase.
Manthan Joshi made the bat talk for the hosts with an unbeaten half ton that came off 48 balls, four boundaries and a solitary maximum to his name.
The quartet of Abdul Basit, Salman Gantara, Drupad Nandakishor and Mujib Akram top scored for the visitors with 11 runs each.
Despite Brian Likavu’s half century, Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club proved too strong over Kenya Kongonis Cricket Club ‘A’, beating them by 46 runs in their own backyard.
Put in to bat, the visitors finished on 10/150 with notable scores from Vishal Shikotra (46), Irfan Karim (29) and Subramaniam Moorthy (27.)
Mahavir Grewal (4/54), Darshit Patel (2/38) and Kelvin Nganga (2/13) combined for the ball for Kongonis while Muqtar Hussein (3/1), Mr. Amirali (3/14), Subramaniam Moorthy (2/27) and Zeeshan Malik (2/33) shone with the ball for Jaffery.