SIKH UNION REVAMP IN BID TO KNOCK OFF NGARA  

Gurlen Singh bats for Sikh Union Sports Club A against Swamibapa Sports Club A in the 2021 NPCA Super League.

The 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League enters the fourth week with the fifth of our previewed Super League matches featuring Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ who play away to Ngara Sports Club on Sunday, 1st August.

Both teams are struggling to break to the surface, Sikh Union enduring the most with two losses of 4 wickets and 6 wickets against Kanbis and Swamibapa Sports Clubs respectively. Their bowling was pretty impressive to defend 134 runs against Kanbis but they completely capitulated to Swamibapa’s batting.

“We failed to capitalize on the good start we got from the second wicket partnership. Being 90+ with 9 wickets in hand, the mid-lower order did not do enough after the start we had. We were tasked with defending a very low target and we gave away too many extras making it easy for Swamibapa to chase down the score,” says Sikh’s top order batsman Mohammed Kalyan.

He adds, “We are looking to do better on our batting by aiming for half centuries and centuries from our top order. We have had good starts individually but failed to capitalise. Bowling has been a stronger area for us and we are confident of our ability to bowl out the opposition.”

Skipper Sukhdeep Singh is hoping a slight reshuffle will rejuvenate their top order. “We are considering three changes for the weekend to rejuvenate our batting order: Gurmanjot Singh (wicket keeper – batter), Bhanushanak Singh (opening batter) and Praveen Tandon (off – spinner.)

Singh is ecstatic about leading the young side through their learning experience. “The biggest thing we are lacking is experience. We have a very young team but we are united in doing our best as we understand our strengths.”

He picks Harpreet Singh as key at the top alongside Mohammed Kalyan who has “a lot of runs and knowledge to offer the team.” He will also be counting on Raj Manji for his batting elegance and left arm pacer Gurleen Singh who keeps showing progression.

On the other hand, Ngara won their opening encounter against Nairobi Gymkhana but lost heavily to Stray Lions Cricket Club and Sir Ali Muslim Club. Their bowling has been up to par with Vraj Patel, Mehul Patel and Dhey Patel picking wickets. All – rounders Jolet Abraham has looked promising with the ball but is yet t o make a mark at the crease while Tanzeel Sheikh has pulled Ngara out of tricky situations so far with both bat and ball.

The top order has been their major downfall and Nikul Patel says that they have been working on it. “We have been working on our top order and hopefully, we get a better result this Sunday. We are working on the changes and will decide our final XI based on our final training session on Saturday evening.

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