Ugandan national team skipper Brian Masaba is hoping for an improved performance against spin bowling when he turns out for Ruaraka Sports Club’A’ in the upcoming Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 Overs league match against leaders Kanbis Sports Club.
Masaba who is turning up for the struggling Thika Road based side alongside fellow teammates explosive top order batsman Zepahiah Arinaitwe and all Rounder Kenneth Waiswa is aware of the threat the visiting spinners will pose on the Ruaraka Sports Club track.
He acknowledged that spin has always troubled Ugandans, but was optimistic of a good show come on Sunday.
“Over the last two or three years, we have identified playing spin as an area of concern and there has been a concerted effort by the players and management including preparing wickets that favour spin in order to improve. Largely, I believe there has to be a believe in self while facing spin but I believe it’s an area we have really imporoved in,” Masaba said.
Ruaraka have lost their two opening matches to Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ and Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’.
Masaba attributed their unimpressive performance against Swamibapa where spinner James Ngoche bagged six wickets before losing by 99 runs to ‘rust’.
“It wasn’t a good show from us and we can attribute that to being away from the game for these past two months or so due to Covid-19. The level of competition in the League is pretty good though and we are trying to work as hard as possible in order to do well for Ruaraka. We are not here to pass time but to make a positive impact on Ruaraka” he said.
The hosts are also tasked with putting the brakes on Kanbis’ star-studded batting line-up and Masaba has revealed that the bowlers have some plans in place for each of the opposition’s batsman.
Kanbis top – middle order lineup that include Nelson Odhiambo, Rakep Patel, Dhiren Gondaria and Sachin Bhudia has been impressive with match winning knocks against Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ and SCLPS ‘A’.
Asked whether he feels intimidated by the visitors’ batting order, he acknowledges that it only serves to make the upcoming duel exciting. “Their batting line-up is undoubtedly one of the stronger batting line-ups in the league and with that, our task is to stop them from getting the match away from us,” he said.
Waiswa and Elijah Otieno alongside skipper Pushatom Vekaria will be tasked with getting the job done early enough with the ball for the home team as they battle a side that has not shown any glimpse of relinquishing the title.