Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ put on an all-round performance to beat Sikh Union ‘A’ by 6 wickets at Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club to register their second consecutive win of the season in the ongoing 2021 NPCA 50 – over League on 25th July 2021.
Sent in to bat, Sikh Union packed the runs at the top, leaving their mid – lower batting order swaying to register 157 runs in 45.4 overs.
James Ngoche displayed another match winning performance with the ball, picking 3/21 off his ten overs. Peter Koech scalped 2/53 in his second outing for Swamibapa with stalwart Jadavji Bhimji picking 2/18.
Skipper Sukhdeep Singh led from the front with 47 runs from 64 balls batting at 1-down, 7 boundaries to his name. His partnership of 89 runs for the second wicket with opener Harpreet Gill who scored 44 from 79 balls was the building block for their innings, Raj Manji and Muhammad Kalyan adding 20 and 12 runs respectively.
None of the remaining players made double figures with the bat.
Rushabh Patel opened Swamibapa’s account with 36 off 43 balls, Morris Ouma backing him up with a run-a-ball 33 after his opening partner Pankaj Sanghani was dismissed in the second over, a solitary run to his name. The rest of the runs came from the middle order in the form of Jignesh Hirani (32) and Harendra Kerai who remained unbeaten on 23 as Swamibapa finished on 4/160 with 24.3 overs to spare.
Sawibapa’s off spinner James Ngoche reckons that his team produced an all – round performance to put them over on the day. “Conditions don’t favour anyone at the moment since the game has been dormant for a while and pitches have been idle. The toss helps a lot because the weather plays a part at this time of the year.”
He attributes his performance so far to hard work. “We (together with his brothers, Nehemiah and Shem, Eugene Ochieng, Elijah Asoyo and sometimes David Mumbo) begun training on our own from Tuesday to Friday every week a month before the League started and we are keeping at it. When we have Club training, they become our second sessions of the day,” he says.