VISHRAM’S TON A STICKY THORN FOR JAFFERY AGAINST SCLPS ‘B’

Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS) ‘B’ ran through Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club to pick up a 185 – run victory in their Division I fixture of the ongoing NPCA 50 – over League played at Nairobi Club on 25th July 2021.

Nairobi Jaffery elected to bowl but the match kept getting further and further away from them with each wicket as partnerships grew.

Nikhil Vishram stuck on one end to amass 141 runs from 126 balls that included a whopping 20 boundaries and 2 maximums, coming in at 3 in the 5th over after Kishore Bhanderi was bowled by Jamil Desai for 6. Vishram batted out 40 overs as wickets falling around him, making constructive partnerships of 55 for the 5th with Ravi Kerai (21) and 81 for the 6th wicket with Mahendra Varsani (25.) Harish Rabadia remained unbeaten on 22 runs off just 9 balls, five boundaries therein, to help Cutchi Leva finish on 7/295.

Despite the massacre, Subramaniam Moorthy was able to pick 3/41 off his 9 overs while Jamil Desai added 2/38 to Jaffery’s wicket tally.

Nairobi Jaffery were rocked from the onset, Irfan Karim getting his sticks knocked back with the first ball of the innings by Shumin Kara who went on to accumulate 5/39 in his nine overs. They rebuilt their innings before losing 4/9 in a span of four overs, including 2/2 in the 13th over.

Vishal Shikotra lasted 19 balls to top score with 26, including four boundaries and one maximum before departing in the 8th over. Subramaniam Moorthy (16), Tahssin Amirali (14), Mujaheed Amirali (12) and Sajad Nurani (10) chipped in but Jaffery could only manage 110 runs in reply.

Dipak Pindolia returned mean figures of 2/0 in just 3 overs for SCLPS ‘B.’

Speaking to kenya-cricket.com, Nikhil Vishram expressed his joy at finally getting his maiden ton in the League. “I was stranded on 99 in the previous season in a match against Stray Lions so, I’m very happy to get over the line this time. I would have been happy to get to the 150 – run mark but it was not to be.” Vishram states.

Samaj’s skipper Chetan Kerai is happy that his team bounced back from being bowled out for only 57 runs in their previous match against Stray Lions. “The wicket got slower and a bit sticky when we were bowling and that really helped Kara pick wickets. On batting, we knew we could get runs towards the end of the innings if we batted out the overs. Nikhil batted really well and the middle partnerships enabled him to go for his shots after he was well set. There were a couple of dropped catches by our opponents, but overall, we batted well.”

Nairobi Jaffery’s skipper Tahssin Amirali admits they were poor on the day with their all – round performance. “We were without Abbas Kalyan but we still believed we could get quick wickets and wrap up the match but it was not to be. Our top six batsmen also did not perform to their potential and in the end, there were too many runs on the board for us to chase down.”

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