Kanbis Sports Club all – rounder Rajesh Bhudia warming up

Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ returned to winning ways at home as they welcomed Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ to an eight – wicket defeat, courtesy of twin half tons from Rakep Patel and Nelson Odhiambo in today’s NPCA 50 – over Super League fixture at Eastleigh High School.

With the return of Kanbis’ stalwart Ramesh Mepani down the order, Rakep Patel made good his promotion back to three with a 64 – ball 75 runs, blasting four sixes and nine fours to hurry to the finish line. Nelson Odhiambo added 53 off 51 balls, inclusive of five fours and one six to put up an unbeaten match winning 132 – run third wicket partnership to take the team home from 2/6.

Electing to bat, Sir Ali were dismal from the start, failing to make substantial partnerships as they swayed to only 137 runs in 35.1 overs.

Kanbis’ seamers fired at the top five to leave them crumbling with only 70 runs on the board inside 16 overs. Abdul Rehman could only manage a solitary run before he was dismissed in the second over, caught by Rakep Patel off by Hiren Kabaria. 25 balls later, his replacement Sandip Adole, fresh off the plane could only add five before Kabaria had him caught by Mikunj Pindolia.

Zahid Abbas made 33 off 32 balls to give the slightest of hope, adding ten to the third wicket with Siddarth Mathre (21) and 34 to the fourth with skipper Gurdeep Singh (5) who dropped down the order to make way for the overseas duo of Mathre and Adole.

Tony Ochieng managed 21 runs off 37 balls and Irfan Ellahi 37 off 55 balls to add 42 runs to the sixth wicket before Rajesh Bhudiya had Ochieng trapped leg before. Ellahi made it to the 34th over before gifting Pindolia his second wicket, caught by Rajesh Bhudia to have the score board on 9/136.

In the end, spinners and bowlers shared the wickets equally; Mikunj Pindolia scalping 3/24 and Rajesh Bhudiya 2/16 for the spinners while speedstars Hiren Kabaria and Sachin Bhudia picked 2/29 and 2/23 respectively.

Sir Ali’s Zahid Abbas states that they gave away their wickets and that was their undoing. “We did not bat well today even though the wicket was so nice to bat on. Instead of taking responsibility, we were in too much of a hurry inside the power play.”

On his part, Rakep Patel told kenya-cricket.com that they took their chances. “Sir Ali came up about 100 runs short on this pitch and we capitalized by bowling well and taking our chances.”

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