The 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League is shaping up into a contest with the fifth week of the first round of matches coming alive this Sunday, 8th August 2021.
In one of the Super League matches, Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ will be hosting red – hot Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ at their Samaj School grounds.
Swamibapa have won all their three matches on the trot against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’, Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ and Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’) whereas Cutchi Leva have copped three heavy defeats after snatching up a three wicket win in their opener against Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’.
Seemingly the whipping boys of the Super League, Cutchi Leva have been hammered for the highest totals thus far dishing 7/350 against Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ and 8/340 against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ where Pushkar Sharma made the season’s highest score as well (144.)
Swamibapa won easy in their first two matches but Gymkhana gave them a contest that took 41 overs to chase down 172 runs with only two wickets to spare. Swamibapa’s top order came out to play in the match, with skipper Morris Ouma recording his season’s maiden half ton to break a lengthy dry run with contributions from opener Rushabh Patel, Jignesh Hirani and Jitendra Hirani.
In an interview with kenya-cricket.com, Patel stated that they are not shaken and have been working on where things went awry. “We realised where our errors were and have been working on those aspects through the week. We look forward to execute our plans and processes against Cutchi Leva this weekend.”
He further adds that they are taking the season game by game. “We have no reason to underestimate them since they have already created an upset against Sir Ali. We all just want to stick to our skills and execute hem as best as we can.”
Off spinner James Ngoche has been on form for Swamibapa backed up by the services of Jadavji Bhimji, Jignesh Hirani and debutant seamer Peter Koech.
On their part, Cutchi Leva are unbowed, with the consolation that they have been up against the best so far. “The team’s morale is still high, considering we have faced the League’s best teams these past few weekends. The other upside is that we have Coach Lameck Ngoche (ex-kenya international and national team Coach) to help us throughout the remaining games as both our batting and fielding has been dismal so far due to the lengthy Covid – 19 break. We only have local players and we are counting on each and every one of them to contribute to their levels,” stated Cutchi Leva’s skipper Niraj Patel.
Cutchi Leva will be counting on their batting firepower that includes Yogesh Kabaria and Rahul Nathani at the top with Ngoche’s bowling backed up by opener Rajesh Bhudiya alongside Harshin Varsani, Hiten Vekaria and Ankit Bhanderi.