SHEIKH, PATEL HELP NGARA BREAK DRY RUN

Vraj Patel bowling against Stray Lions cricket Club in the 2021 NPCA 50 – over League

Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ made good on their promise of a comeback, hammering Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ by 138 runs in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League to register their second win after two straight losses.

Tanzeel Sheikh’s heroics got him batting up at 6 from 8 with a payoff of 81 runs off 74 balls, seven boundaries and three maximums to his name. A rueful top order stepped up and got starts, Jolet Abraham and Rajiv Sutaria adding 43 runs to the second wicket after Manthan Joshi (11) was dismissed in the 8th over, caught by Jeet Amin off Aum Patel.

The hosts then lost 3-0 in a span of five balls before skipper Mehul Patel (26) and Tanzeel Sheikh rebuilt for the fifth wicket to add 54 runs.

However, the most crippling partnership for Sikh Union was the sixth between Harsh Patel (41) and Sheikh. Despite the two falling in the 43rd and 44th overs respectively, Ngara went on to register 9/279 in their allotted overs.

In reply, Sikh Union couldn’t hold down their ends, regular wickets falling landing them on 10 – 141 in 45.3 overs. Their best partnership for the second involved Harpreet Gill (32) and Dilan Shah (12) who added a combined 31 runs while the next involved Muhammad Kalyan (33 off 53) who top scored to add 26 runs to the third with Gill. Kalyan stuck through 17 overs on one end to be the seventh batsman out 0n 7 -110 but could do little as wickets tumbled on the other. Sikhs lost 4-12 and later 2 – 0 to have them crumbling despite a 31 run partnership for the 9th between Charanpreeet Singh (23) and Aum Patel (11)

Vraj Patel was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, spinning his way to 4/30 in eight overs. He was backed by Tanzeel Sheikh’s 2/40 off 9 overs and Amit Shukla’s measly 2/8 in 5 overs.

Sikh Union’s skipper Sukhdeep Singh lauds his bowlers but faults the fielding for letting them down. “Tanzeel was dropped on 3 and given several lives thereafter to lead Ngara to that huge total. Our fielding put us down in the first half and in the second half, our batting did not work out as well as we would have liked.”

On exploring their options, he states, “We have also been unlucky in forming our strongest XI because of players getting injured or being unwell.”

Ngara’s hard hitting batsman Nikul Patel told kenya-cricket.com that their team is happy after picking their second win. “We had a much better start in this match. The players contributed the runs but we also kept wickets in hand even though we lost a few back to back. Harsh and Tanzeel started building a partnership again which helped us to end up with a good total.”

On the top order getting much needed starts as compared to the other matches, Patel stated that more can be done but at the moment, they are happy that the top order managed to regain some confidence.

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