Obuya set to bowl off home Super League season against Kanbis

The welcoming party at Lenana School failed to bowl off last weekend when Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A) welcomed Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ to their maiden Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League match at home. This weekend, O.C.A make a second attempt at introducing the top tier division to their home ground when they host table toppers Kanbis Sports Club in the ongoing 50 – over fixture.

The hosts have only played two matches since their readmission into the League, losing both by 6 and 7 wickets to Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ and Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ respectively. Their major undoing in both cases has been a top heavy batting order with the rest of the order capitulating under pressure.

Although still early to call, the Obuya trio of Kennedy, David and Collins have been in the driver’s seat with youngsters Balaram Desai and Sahil Shah showing promise at the top alongside old timer Steve Omwogo.

Steve Biko, who has been the pick of the bowlers in both innings is looking forward to the match. “It feels good to be back and playing competitive cricket once again. We are anticipating a big challenge but also acknowledging that this will be good exposure for the boys. As a team, we are grooving well together and we see a balanced side moving forward,” he quipped.

Kanbis, on the other hand, sneaked back to the top of the table last week after Stray Lions’ loss to Sir Ali gave them leverage with regards to Net Run Rate.

Pushpak Kerai has fit perfectly into the vacant opening spot left by Jignesh Kerai and taken to it like fish to water. In just three innings at the top, he has amassed 140 runs, including a 99 – run innings last week against Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’ to place him fourth on the batters’ log with 191 total, three places behind his skipper Dhiren Gondaria who leads the pack with 232 runs from 6 innings.

Kanbis have little to worry about with all their top lads pulling their weight. In just 6 innings, the team is littered with eight half centuries and one century from seven of their batsmen which goes a long way to show off their batting depth and strength.

With the return of Ramesh Mepani to hold the lower order alongside prolific all – rounder Rajesh Bhudia, Rakep Patel is settling back at the top with a lot more batting time. However, Patel and Nelson Odhiambo have had a couple of silent matches since their twin half centuries against Sir Ali and the team will be looking to them to capitalize on their starts.

Emmanuel Bundi bowls for Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ against Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’

Paceman Emmanuel Bundi has looked good with both bat and ball and he hopes that he can continue with his form while backing his teammates. “As a team, we are settled and everyone understands their roles now. We are just trying to give every game our best. Rakep has done a good job in pushing our younger players which is evident in the way we play. We look forward to playing at Lenana School, even though it may be the first time for most of us.”

Mikunj Pindolia leads Kanbis’ wicket tally with 14 wickets from five innings and Kanbis will be quite confident in his abilities, backed by the spinning Kerai siblings of Nischay and Pushpak as well as Pace bowler Hiren Kabaria.

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