Patel steers Ngara back on course, humiliating Swamibapa

Vraj Patel rediscovered his opening match form to scalp another five – fer that helped Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ beat Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ by 6 wickets.

Patel scalped 5/21 off 9 overs as Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ were bowled out for just 116 runs inside 33 overs in a terrible batting show.

Rushab Patel and Mitesh Sanghani both posted 25 runs each to top score for Swamibapa; Mayur Pindolia (18) and Jadavji Bhimji (10) being the only other batsmen to make double figures in the poorest batting show they have displayed in five matches so far.

Dhey Patel continued his good form with the ball to pick 2/23 off just 4 overs as Akash Shah added 2/21 off 10 overs.

Skipper Rushab Patel says that they could have applied themselves better under the circumstances. “We obviously didn’t have enough runs on the board to start with on a wicket that was under prepared. Having said that, we could have applied ourselves a lot more while batting seeing as there were a too many wickets falling in short spaces. I think the bowlers did a pretty good job in trying to defend the score. However, as batters, we didn’t give our bowlers much to work with. ”

Top order batsman Morris Ouma and quality spinner Jignesh Hirani were unavailable for Swamibapa due to personal reasons.

On missing key players today, he states, “Yes, for sure. Morris and Jignesh being away did affect us in both departments. As it is, the batting line up is depleted with myself and Ouma as the only senior top order batters.”

As it has been characteristic of Ngara, their top order failed to come through, none of the top four registering double figures as the visitors capitulated to 4/53 in 18 overs.

At 5, Karan Patel added 24 runs off 38 balls before being caught by Peter Koech off Jadavji Bhimji in the 22nd over with the board on 5/66. It took the effort of a 45 – run unbeaten partnership between Jigar Patel (34) and a returning Nikul Patel (12) to see Ngara home with 117 balls to spare.

Jadavji Bhimji picked 3/18 off his entire allotment but once he wrapped up, only one wicket followed.

Hard hitting lower order batsman Nikul Patel informed kenya-cricket.com that Ngara are glad that they stuck to their game plan despite losing constant wickets. “Me and Jigar had a good partnership under a pressure situation. The only difference between us and Swami is that we stuck to it when the wicket was not great and it worked. Our youngsters are also doing what they should and it’s a plus to see them rise. Myself, Harsh (Patel) and Tanzeel (Sheikh) are there to back them up and it seems to be bearing fruit. It’s good to see the young boys show off their skills.

Vraj Patel bowling against Stray Lions cricket Club in the 2021 NPCA 50 – over League. Photo credits: Sreenivas Thota

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