Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ made quick work of visiting Obuya Cricket Academy’s (O.C.A) target to beat them by seven wickets in their weekend Super League outing of the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association 50 – over League.
Fresh off a deafening eight – wicket loss away to Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ last weekend, Sir Ali bounced back with a sharpened bowling attack and rearranged batting order to bag their third win of the season, while handing O.C.A a second consecutive loss.
It took star bowler Irfan ElLahi only three balls to break through Balaram Desai’s defenses just three runs on the board. Collins Obuya slotted in at three to top score with a half century (51 off 75 balls) that propelled the visitors to 4-123, his sticks knocked back by Abdul Rehman in the 25th over.
Collins added 49 to the 2nd wicket with Steve Omwogo (22 off 23) before putting up a fifty run stand with his elder brother David Obuya (25.) The third of the Obuya trio, Kennedy Obuya (16) and Ken Mwangi (13) were the only other batsmen to achieve double figures for O.C.A who folded for 162 runs with 25 balls to spare.
Tony Ochieng stepped up for his new Club to pick a measly 2/1 off 13 balls; Abdul Rehman and Siddarth Mhatre picking 2/18 off 9 and 2/22 off 9.4 overs respectively.
Sir Ali hurriedly replied, chasing down the score in just 18.2 overs. Brilliant with the ball, Mhatre finished a spectacular day unbeaten on 76 runs off 51 deliveries, inclusive of fourteen boundaries. In the process, he put on a 107 – run partnership for the second wicket with fellow overseas compatriot, Sandip Adole, who fell a run short of his maiden half century of the season.
Promoted back to opening, skipper Gurdeep Singh posted 21 runs off 17 balls while dependable middle order batsman Zahid Abbas did not trouble the scorers.
Sir Ali’s skipper lauded his players’ all round performance that got the Park Road side back to winning ways. “It was a great match to win and we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them to a score we could chase under no pressure. Every single bowler who was called up to the crease did a good job. We also batted the situation in return and our top order finally delivered,” stated Singh.