Swamibapa Sports Club ‘B’ booked their second consecutive win of the season in a crunch tie with Stray Leopards Cricket Club which saw them chase their target of 119 runs with only two overs to spare in their Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Division I fixture at Jamhuri High School on 25th July 2021.
The Leopards elected to bat and only managed to put up 118 runs on the board in 33.5 overs. Rajesh Selvaraj was brilliant at the top with 31 off 39 balls, hitting five boundaries. However, the partnerships were spread thin, the highest being 39 for the second between Selvaraj and Subin Abraham after Narayan Prasad was dismissed for a duck. Ali Akbar added 14 runs while the other top scores came from the lower order in the form of Protus Asirigwa with 20 and David Mumbo with 19 runs.
Swamis were put on the spot in return, as regular wickets fell without runs on the board to keep restricting them from the target, in an innings that saw Protus Asirigwa snap up 4/27 including the first three wickets to ensure that only three of the opponents got to double figures, Ali Akbar adding 2/33.
Ashish Bhatt showed some urgency but ended up slowed down to a 69-ball 37 that included four boundaries as Jitendra Bhimji added an unbeaten 35 runs from a century’s worth of balls to see the team through. Mayur Pindolia chipped in with 12 runs as Swamibapa hobbled to 8/119 courtesy of a wide off the first ball of the penultimate over.
Nick Suji (2/16 of 7), Dylan Shah (2/18 off 6), Krish Haria (2/34 off 10) and Suryakant Sanghani (3/29 of 7) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts.
Stray Leopard’s captain Narayan Prasad admits that the game just got away from them. “We went into our run – defense about 30 runs short and our batting could have been better. We also dropped Bhimji who went on to remain unbeaten and that 9th wicket could have possibly turned the game in our favour. Our bowlers were good on the day, especially the medium pacers and spinners who delivered. Since it’s our first loss, we look forward to coming back harder.”