RUARAKA, KANBIS & SWAMIBAPA RECORD WINS IN NPCA DIVISION II ACTION

Ruaraka Sports Club’s C – side executed a clinical run chase to bury Goan Institute Unicorns ‘C’ by 8 wickets in just 19.3 overs, courtesy of a half century by Rikit Bhudia that helped them post 2/112.

Bhudia’s 65 runs came off 53 balls inclusive of nine boundaries and three maximums, featuring a 100 – run partnership with Nitish Hirani (22* off 42) before being caught by Sunil Pindoria off Neel Patel’s lone over in the 20th.

The Unicorns were sent in to bat and rightly so, as the top six batsmen returned single figures. A disciplined bowling display saw Ritesh Vekaria pick 3/20; Vishal Patel and Harshil Kerai sharing two-a-piece.  The only meaningful partnership of 38 runs between Raj Patel and Neel Patel came a little too late in the ninth wicket as the team finished on 111 in 40.4 overs.

Neel Patel gritted out a 72 – ball unbeaten 28 batting at number 6, with Raj Patel adding 15 off 26 balls.

At Eastleigh High School, Jagdish Kabariya punched 13 boundaries in his 59-ball 65 to ensure Kanbis Sports Club Development beat Sikh Union ‘C’ by 3 wickets. Electing to bat, Sikh Union were bowled out for 112 runs in 35.4 overs. Manhar Singh top scored with 34 runs off 38 balls; Yug Patel (18) and Manveer Singh (13) contributing.

Suresh Kerai was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with 4/29 off 9 overs. Vinay Kerai added 3/31 from his total allotment while Keyur Pndoria was brilliant with 2/4 in just 1.4 overs.

Shivam Modi and Manveer Singh shared two wickets-a-piece for Sikh Union.

In the third match of the division, Swamibapa Sports Club Development restricted Kongonis Cricket Club ‘B’ to 10/84 to win by 3 runs.  

Savant Jesani top scored for Swamibapa with 21 off 55 and Bhavesh Hirani added 14 off 34 as they set 10/87 in 36.1 overs.

Having elected to bat, Kongonis were bowled out for 84 runs in 28.3 overs with only John Nayo (21) and Harsh Vora (10) getting double figures courtesy of a superb combined bowling effort by Kishan Kerai who picked 4/27 in 9.3 overs and Pritish Bhudia 4/16 in 7 overs.

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