Irfan Karim recorded his third half century of the season to help Nairob Jaffery Sports Club beat Ngara Sports Club ‘B’ by a massive 91 runs in their Division I fixture of the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League at Ngara Sports Club over the weekend.
The Kenya Men’s senior team wicket keeper batsman previously made scores of 93 (against Stray Cheetahs Cricket Club) and 66 (against Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘B’.)
Electing to bat, Karim led from the front with 58 runs off 63 balls, seven fours and one maximum therein before being trapped leg before in the 23rd over as the whoishussain.org – sponsored side went on to put up 212 runs in 43.4 overs and set themselves up for their third win of the season.
The visitors’ line up was top heavy, 157 runs coming off the top five batters, before the middle – lower order fell in a bunch with zero double figures. Karim added 52 runs to the second wicket alongside Qahir Neky (16) who fell in the 14th over, his stumps knocked back.
However, it was skipper Tahssin Amirali (46) and Sajad Nurani who had the best partnership of the match, putting on 55 for the fourth wicket as the next six fell in succession.
The skipper is happy with his team’s progression despite copping up two heavy defeats; 185 runs against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘B’ and 7 wickets against Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘B’. “There were good performances from a couple of players that helped us win this time around. Irfan Karim has revived Nairobi Jafferey cricket alongside coach Emmanuel Bundi and it’s good to see young players like Muqtar Hussein turning out for the team and doing well. There are signs of a lot of improvement to come.”
Meet Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Ngara with 4/34 from 8 overs. Kalpesh Patel and Kishan Patel picking 3/40 and 2/37 from 9.4 and 10 overs respectively.
Ngara’s run chase was dismal in return, with only two batters making double figures on their way to being bowled out for 121 runs with 86 balls to spare. Piyush Patel (38 off 70) and Kishan Patel (36 off 64) top scored batting at 7 and 8 respectively while the remainder of the batting order fell in packs.
Amirali came back to complete an all-round display as he picked 3/23 off his 8 overs alongside budding youngsters Muqtar Hussein who also scalped 3/18 off four overs and Sajad Nurani who returned a mean 2/11 off 9 overs.