Harshit Vekariya and Keval Bhuva put on an 73 – run partnership for the 8th wicket to help Ruaraka Sports Club beat table leaders Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ by three wickets with 28 balls to spare in their Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) super League fixture earlier today.
A brilliant 96 – ball half century from Emmanuel Bundi (57) batting at seven was only enough to steady the innings courtesy of a 73 – run partnership for the 9th wicket with Mikunj Pindolia who managed 32 off 50 balls.
Electing to bat, Kanbis were immediately rocked and reduced to 3/9 in 3.4 overs. A firing Kenneth Waiswa accounted for both openers; Mihir Jesani caught by Keval Bhuva for 4 runs off the 6th ball of the innings and skipper Dhiren Gondaria caught by his country mate Brian Masaba in his next over for a solitary run. Six balls later, Masaba was showcasing his fielding skills once again, finding Nelson Odhiambo short of his crease having added one run to the board.
Coming in early at 3, Pushpak Kerai added a hard earned 31 off 104 balls to hold his end of the innings but his departure in the 22nd over opened the floodgates once again, the team losing 3/20 to be left reeling at 8/108, before stumbling to 10/185.
In return, Ruaraka were steady at the top, Zephania Arinaitwe firing 36 off 32 balls with 6 boundaries therein, in spite of losing Chandresh Hirani (13) in the 6th over. Pro batsman Pushkar Sharma backed the three Ugandan pros with 22 of 29 balls in a flailing middle order that was only assisted by Brian Masaba’s 17 runs.
Rajesh Bhudia returned mean figures of 3/14 but not much happened after he completed his allotment.
Speaking to kenya-cricket.com after the match, Bundi says that Kanbis could have done better. “I’m happy that I stuck in and got the runs from a difficult position. It was a great game but we were short by probably 30 -40 on a flat pitch and I give credit to our bowlers for taking the game that deep. We also left too many overs behind and started our defense on a backfoot.” stated Bundi.
Waiswa, who finished on 4/28 is elated that they beat the defending champions. “We all made great all – round improvements from last week’s match and the wicket played really well earlier on and we capitalized on it to pick wickets. It was a great show from the boys,” says Waiswa.