Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ are out for redemption this weekend as they welcome neighbours Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ across the road to Eastleigh High School in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League.
The hosts are stung after a three-wicket loss away to Ruaraka Sports Club last week, prior to two wins before. Sir Ali, on the other hand, look to be on an upward projection after stringing together two wins to overturn a horrific start to the League that saw them humiliated by SCLPS ‘A’ at home.
This week, Sir Ali are basking in the glory of a star-studded side after two more of their professional players jetted in this week. Skipper Gurdeep Singh is happy that batting all – rounders Siddarth Mathre and Sandip Adole will be in the squad to face Kanbis. “We now have a more balanced squad courtesy of the two additional pros. With Zahid (Abbas) holding down the middle and our bowling backed up by Irfan Illahi, Tarandeep Singh and Abdul Rehman, we are ready to give a very good contest.”
Kanbis have been good all – round so far, with their batsmen chipping in to get them over the line. In the match against Ruaraka, they lost 3/9 inside four overs and never fully recover as they swayed to 10/185 in 45.2 overs. In comparison, three half centurions (Dhiren Gondaria, Nelson Odhiambo and Rajesh Bhudia,) two coming in the top order, yielded 7/350 for them against SCLPS ‘A’ in the previous match.
Accepting the loss as a product of their own complacency, Rakep Patel told kenya-cricket.com that it’s part of the game and they will bounce back strong. “Opportunities are part and parcel of the game and we have to keep working on our batting which let us down on the day. We also need to work on our shot selection as we gave away too many wickets to bad balls. We have set very high standards on our batting so I’m sure we’ll be able to turn it around in the next game.”
Skipper Dhiren Gondaria echoes his senior’s thoughts. “Our bowlers fought really well and we are confident that we will fight back as we bat really deep. We didn’t underestimate Ruaraka Sports Club but unfortunately, results didn’t go our way. And even though we collapsed, it is our lower order that got saw us through, led by Bundi who got a half century batting at 7. This time round our plans against Sir Ali will be different because they have a good team.”
The skipper also states that their bowling department is packed with amongst others, the pace of Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Nelson Odhiambo and spinners Rajesh Bhudia, Pushpak Kerai, and Nischay Kerai.