NGOCHE’S MAGIC ARM FOR STRAY LIONS SPINS OBUYAS

Shem Ngoche bowls for Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ against Obuya Cricket Academy in the NPCA League at Peponi School

Shem Ngoche keeps proving to be the buy of the season turning out mean figures of 4/21 of his ten overs to help Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ miff Obuya Cricket Academy’s League re-entry celebrations.

The Lions were accurate all – round to beat the visitors by six wickets in today’s Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over Super League fixture played at Peponi School.

Electing to bat, Obuya’s top order made starts but the team only managed 149 runs in 43 overs with constant tumbling of wickets. Kennedy Obuya (43 of 53) and Sahil Shah (43 off 96) top scored for Obuya with David Obuya (21 off 33) and his brother Collins Obuya (10 off 14) chipping in.

O.C.A were steady at the start but after the dismissal of Kennedy Obuya with the scoreboard on 5-147, the rest only added 5-2, including 3-0 to end up with only 149 runs to defend.

A returning Hiren Varaiya opened his season’s account with 2/21 for Stray Lions; Krishna Katukala picking 2/15 off his 5 overs.

In reply, Stray Lions were swift, chasing down the score in just 18 overs. Alex Obanda top scored in his opening match for the Lions since his transfer from Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’, recording a 32 – ball 46 that included six boundaries and two sixes.

Steve Biko accounted for both of the hosts’ openers in successive balls of the tenth over to give O.C.A a glimmer of hope but that faded quickly. The next two partnerships added 41 runs between Zimbabwean wicket keeper – batsman Gary Chirumuuta was unbeaten on 37 off 25 balls and Krishna Katukala (17 off 14) and 33 runs between Chirumuuta and Nithin Arvind (23) leaving just 4 runs required for victory with six wickets in hand.

Praveen Kumar added 17 off 26 balls at the top as Stray Lions finished on 4/154.

Steve Biko finished on 2/36 off five overs while Peter Ngure and Sahil Shah shared the remaining two wickets off a combined three overs.

“I am grateful to God once again, being able to pick four wickets today. I have been working hard before and during the season so it is not a fluke,” says Shem Ngoche. We took advantage of the wicket when we bowled even though we wanted to win the toss and set a good target at home. The pitch was generally slow but there were no awkward turns, it just required patience because it very playable once one was settled in”.

”On the opposition, he states that the youngsters who are just turning out in the Super League for Obuya Cricket Academy look very promising. “They have a decent team and given enough play time, some of them will be a force to reckon with.”

Stray Lions’ skipper Hiren Varaiya concurs that other teams should be on the lookout. “They have good kids and I’m sure they will be able to upset one or two teams this season or the next,”

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