Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ pulled off an unlikely 62 – run win in a low scoring fixture at Peponi School when they hosted bottom seeded Nairobi Gymkhana in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League.
Confident in their batting abilities especially over their opponents, the hosts elected to bat but things went astray real quick.
Lucas Ndandason picked 4/34 in his 8 overs as he led a fierce bowling attack to reduce Stray Lions to only 136 runs in 30.3 overs as Yash Talati scalped 2/25 off his 6 overs.
Fiery top order batsman Alex Obanda was the first to depart in the third over, only 14 runs to his name, claimed by Ndandason through a Yash Talati catch. Ndandason then bowled Krishna Katukala next ball for a golden duck to have the hosts reeling at 2/16.
Opening batsman Praveen Mogasati hang on, top scoring with a 62 – ball 30 before he was bowled by the other Ndandason sibling, Martin in the 21st over with the scoreboard on 5-99.
Stray Lions batters fell in clusters, the highest partnership of 39 runs for the fourth coming from Mogasati and Shem Ngoche (27). Neil Mugabe and Gary Chirumuuta added 17 and 11 runs in the middle respectively, after which the lower order lost 4/8.
Stray Lions opening batsman Praveen Mogasati told kenya-cricket.com that the wicket was not easy to bat on. “We were confident of our abilities, especially at home but the wicket had light moisture and kept gripping and turning well. The ball also kept low and was stopping a little so I decided to play around and stick to the basics. Overall, we won the game because we played as a team, with everyone chipping in but this was a 150-175 run – wicket and we were short.”
Concerning the fact that they have played four home matches and this looked to be the most difficult one yet, he states, “We set in the first match and scored big (263) and chased in the other three. This was also a fresh, different track and we should have been better prepared as we needed one person to stay in and rotate strike.”
Gymkhana were dismal in their run chase, Stray Lions sharpening their bowling attack to ensure that only three batsmen made double figures as the visitors returned 10/74 in only 33 overs.
Yash Talati soaked up 59 balls to top score with 14 runs, the next top scores coming from Karan Kaul and Lucas Oluoch who made 12 off 47 and 11 off 10 respectively.
Stray Lions’ bowlers were miserly; David Mutua picking 3/6 in 3 overs, Krishna Katukala 2/13 off 7 overs and Charith Jayampathi 2/12 to turn up the party for the hosts with a fifth consecutive victory.
Lucas Ndandason simply stated that they were not good enough. “We bowled very well but did not have the goods to back it up. We had the match firmly within our hold but we crumbled easily, falling to loose shots and were generally impatient. Once the infamous train took off, there was no turning back.”