Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ in training

The 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League action enters the fifth week this weekend as the competition shapes up to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In the Super League division, Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ return home to host an upbeat Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ who are confident in the back of two huge wins against Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ and Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ by three wickets and 128 runs respectively.

Sikh Union, on the other hand, have recorded three losses on the trot and with a young, inexperienced side, don’t seem to be going anywhere from the bottom of the table.

Although the team is not short of talent. Muhammad Kalyan packs a lot of talent and experience with the bat, having turned out for the national U-19 side. Sukhdeep Singh, who bats at the top was also part of the 2018 U-19 World Cup.

The side looks promising with dependable left arm pacer Gurleen Singh, opening batsman Harpreet Singh and the flamboyant middle order batsman, Raj Manji.

On the sidelines, they have the additional services of wicket keeper batsman Gurmanjot Singh, opening batsman Bhanushanak Ravi and offspinner Praveen Tandon whom they hope to incorporate into the side.

Sikh Union’s skipper Sukhdeep Singh has a strong feeling his team will do well. ”We are wary of Ruaraka’s high momentum at this point. Since they beat Kanbis and the massive win against Samaj, their batsmen have confidence but our perspective for this game is to just showcase what we have. Our bowlers have done very well and we have been working hard on our fielding and batting. I’m sure we’ll do well in this match.”

On his part, Ruaraka Sports Club’s captain says that they can do better. “We feel good after the last two wins but our fielding could be better. Finishing off teams when we have them down is still an area of concern even though we have the resources to play as the match situation might demand.”

Ruaraka has four professional players in their midst including Pushkar Sharma and the Ugandan trio of opening batsman Zephania Arinaitwe and all – rounders Brian Masaba and Kenneth Waiswa. The skipper states that he is very happy with their performance and lauds last week’s centurion, Sharma and Waiswa who fell short of a century by nine runs against SCLPS ‘A’. “It has done well for their confidence which is good to see. They are still working hard and I’m very happy.”

The skipper will be backing himself up with the ball alongside opening bowler Harshit Vekaria.

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