The NPCA 50 – over week two action continued to impress with the bat, recording six 200 par scores out of the seven matches played, including a successful run chase.

Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club ramped a 94 – run win over Stray Cheetah Cricket Club to make it two in two wins, courtesy of Irfan Karim’s 86-ball 93. The wicket keeper -opening batsman hit ten boundaries in his feat, before playing back to Navpreet Singh in the 33rd over.

However, he is not fazed by falling short of his maiden ton of the season. “Jaffery has always been my home and I’m glad to be back. The centuries will come, hopefully, but for now, I’m just happy to be amongst the runs and aiding in reviving the cricket there,” says Karim.

The national team wicket keeper – top order batsman made a move from Super League side Swamibapa Sports Club to Jaffery Sports Club where he is a coach and a mentor.

Even a rampaging Navpreet Singh’s 6/26 was not enough to stop the hosts from compiling 237 runs in 43.3 overs.

Karim opened the innings with Vishal Shikotra (17 off 33) who perished at the close of the sixth over with only 36 runs on the board. He then went on to construct a 134-run partnership for the second wicket with Sajad Nurani who scored 56 runs off 77 balls before they were both dismissed successively within eleven balls.

Ali Kassam was the other contributor with the bat for Jaffery, posting a run-a-ball 15 while Himanshu Rishi (3/36) and Tamish Sharma (1/16) backed up Singh’s performance with the ball for Stray Cheetahs.

In reply, Adbul Basit was brilliant at the top with a knock of 53 runs of 48 balls but there were not enough partnerships to see the visitors through. Only Drupad Meswani (31 off 44) made further impact with the bat for the Cheetahs, Himanshu Rishi and Navpreet Singh adding 13 runs each.

Stray Cheetah’s captain Narasimha Palabandla feels that their batting was not up to par. “We have a very good squad but our batting, especially at the top, let us down. Otherwise, we could have put on a better performance and we hope to do so against Kongonis this coming weekend. Being our first season of being promoted to Division I, we are looking forward to measuring up to our opponents,” says Palabandla.

Zeeshan Malik led the wicket tally for Jaffery with 3/10 off 4 overs, Mr. Amirali and Sajad Nurani sharing two-a-piece.         

Jaffery Sports Club play away to SCLPS ‘B’ this Sunday, 25th July.

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