NPCA: Patel, Hirani help Swamis dwarf Samaj

Swamibapa’s Jignesh Hirani celebrates a wicket as Morris Ouma looks on in the 2021 NPCA 50 – over League.

Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ looked solid all round as they put up a 157 – run win away to Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS) ‘A’ in their Super League fixture of the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League played on 8th August 2021.

Opening batter Rushabh Patel came through to cement a previously wobbly top order, accumulating eleven boundaries on his way to 85 off 81 balls before being caught by Rahul Rabadia at slips off an awkward bounce from Hiten Vekaria in the 27th over.

Jignesh Hirani failed to capitalize with the bat once again but starred with the ball to pick 6/31 as Samaj capitulated.

Hirani fell for just 6 runs in a 53 – run opening partnership with Patel, his sticks upended by ace pacer Lameck Ngoche in the 12th over. Patel then built the highest partnership of the innings with Morris Ouma, (37 off 53) adding 79 runs to the second wicket on his way to opening Hiten Vekaria’s wicket tally.

Prasang Hirani (4) also got accounted for by Vekaria but Harendra Kerai was the star of the middle order with a 48 –ball 62 runs. Kerai hammered home seven maximums and three boundaries as he formed a 60 – run partnership for the fifth wicket alongside James Ngoche (32 off 39 balls.)

The Ngoche siblings of James and Nehemiah who was unbeaten on 46 runs off just 29 balls then added 50 runs to the 6th wicket before the former was dismissed by Harshin Varsani, caught by Rahul Rabadia.

Hiten Vekaria finished with 3/53 off his 10 overs, with Lameck Onyango picking 2/44.

Swami’s skipper Rushab Patel lauded his teammates despite falling short of his century. “It’s definitely a gutting feeling but I’m in a good enough mind frame to continue the momentum, focusing on the process rather than the result. There was a really good collective effort; Kerai and Nehemiah batted the situation and conditions of the pitch which was slightly slow and good to bat on to begin with but later turned a lot more and got an awkward bounce. Our spinners are exploiting the conditions to their best and we’re backing our opening bowlers to get some rhythm going,” Patel informed kenya-cricket.com.

Being set 294 runs to win, the hosts begun well with a 62 – run opening stand between Darsh Panchani (32) and Rahul Nathani (22), the Samaj side fell in a pack as they lost consecutive wickets. The only other considerable partnership was for the seventh between Ankit Bhanderi (23) and Rajesh Bhudia (11). Hiten Vekaria (15) and Rahul Rabadia (10) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as Cutchi Leva were wiped for 136 runs.

Jignesh Hirani starred with the ball, scalping 6/31 off 8 overs with Jadavji Bhimji and James Ngoche sharing two-a-piece.

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