Nehemiah Odhiambo (L) and Peter Koech (R) bat for Swamibapa Sports Club in the N.P.C.A League.

Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ spinner James Ngoche called on his side
to “play their roles” as they host a struggling Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’
in the fourth round of the Super League division in the ongoing 50 – over
Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (N.P.C.A) League this weekend.

Ngoche’s side have endured a difficult start in
the league with the departure of five of their top players to register emphatic
victories over Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ and Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’.

Even with the two victories, Ngoche is still
concerned about his team’s batting and is hoping that the batters rise to the

“I want our guys to show everyone how good
they are. We have talented batsmen in our team but they are yet to spark,”
said Ngoche.

With the departure of Alex Obanda, Naman Patel
and Irfan Karim, Morris Ouma and Rushabh Patel remain the side’s main batsmen
alongside promoted Pankaj Sanghani, Jignesh Hirani and Harendra Kerai from their
second team.

From two innings, only Rushabh Patel has stood
out at the top with 92 runs while the rest of the top order batsmen have

“We haven’t done well at the top, there’s no
getting away from that, but if we can rise to the occasion and really show how
good we are then we’ll have absolutely no problem,” the former national
team player, told
earlier in the week.

Ngoche and his elder brother Nehemiah Ngoche have
been in good form with the bat, solidifying the middle order in both innings.

He added: “My message is very much one of
confidence. We have what it takes to do well and we are taking our time to
blend as a team as we identify what everyone can do. Our only limitation is
that some or our players don’t get enough time to train and get in sync. We
hope that can improve in time.”

It has not been a good start for Nairobi Gymkhana
and taking advantage of Swamibapa’s line up that is yet to gel could see them
end their losing streak of 3/3.

The two losses to the Kavi Dosaja – led side have
all come off their own making. In their opening match against Ngara Sports Club
‘A’, they failed to build up partnerships while against Sir Ali Muslim Club
‘A’, their fielding was quite unimpressive.

It will need a totally different approach from
the visitors, mostly the senior players to register their maiden win of the

Spinners Yash Talati and Aarnav Patel are back to
boost Gymkhana’s bowling department after missing out on their second tie while
top order batsman Karan Kaul also makes a return to boost the batting at the top.

All-rounder Lucas Oluoch told
that he is looking forward to the game. “We have a full squad turning up this
weekend and we are confident about changing our fortunes. We are looking at how
best to utilize our batting order and have been working hard to improve our
fielding since we got a bye last weekend. Hopefully, it pays up.”

A lot will be expected from Lucas Oluoch’s
experience while Dominic Wesonga and Harsh Patel will give him support.

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