Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ will be looking to stretch their winning streak of three consecutive matches when they play away to Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A) in the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over Super league match at Lenana School this weekend.
The Thika Road – based side currently have 12 points from three wins in the five matches they have played so far. O.C.A, on the other hand, are second from the bottom of the 10 – team league with no point from two matches.
There has been no individual hero for Ruaraka so far with every player backing the other. That has not only helped them overcome hurdles but played a key role in their smooth campaign since losing their two opening matches to Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A and Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’.
But, for the Obuya brothers’ – led O.C.A side, nothing is going right, be it their batting or bowling since they were readmitted into the league three weeks ago.
They have easily lost their opening matches – results that have raised concern on their strength in both departments since losing a few of their promising players to other teams.
Shay Shah and Dilan Shah, two promising batsmen, have since joined Nairobi Gymkhana and Sikh Union Sports Club respectively while seamer Gerald Mwendwa is quietly but surely making his mark with Stray Lions’ A squad.
After scoring 162 against Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ last week, O.C.A had a disastrous bowling show with the home team reaching the target in just 18 overs.
With 162 on board, any other team would have succumbed to pressure but not Sir Ali ‘A’ who put up a 107-run second wicket stand between Siddharth Mhatre (76 not out from 51 balls) and Sandip Adole (49 from 36 balls) to set up the seven-wicket win for Sir Ali.
With Ruaraka gelling well and enjoying a winning momentum, there may not be any need to tinker their line-up on Sunday. The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) trio of Kenneth Waiswa, Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Brian Masaba have managed to breathe a sigh of relief into the team that had started their season disastrously with heavy defeats to Stray Lions (by 169 runs) and Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ (by 99 runs.)
Since the arrival of Waiswa, Ruaraka have bagged all the 30 wickets on offer and with a slim batting line-up in O.C.A side, the story is unlikely to be different.
Waiswa has combined well with skipper Purshotam Vekariya and Harshit Vekaria in tormenting their opposition’s top order.
In the middle of the innings, Vishil Patel has also been outstanding and his input will come in handy.
Masaba and Arinaitwe will be hopeful that they stay longer on the wicket so as to give their side a respectable total. Ruaraka will also be looking forward to their one – down batsman Pushkar Sharma troubling the scorers for longer once again, after his ton against SCLPS two weeks ago.
For Obuya’s their top batting order must first win in unison against a consistent Ruaraka bowling attack.
Finding a winning combination would be the priority for the experienced Obuya brothers – Collins, Kennedy and David.
They will need one of them to bat for longer so as to give the youngsters guidance as they seek to register their maiden win.