Kanbis Sports Club spoilt the homecoming party for Obuya Cricket Academy, making quick work of their paltry 133 run – total to win by 6 wickets at Lenana School.
The visitors went in with two changes to their regular squad, in favour of a more youthful team. Wicket keeper Jinay Hirani and opening bowler Kaavya Pindoria came in for Ramesh Mepani and Jinesh Jivani who were rested for the match.
Kanbis’ skipper Dhiren Gondaria made his second half century of the season to extend his helm at the peak of the log in a 93 – run second wicket partnership with senior player Rakep Patel. Gondaria smacked ten boundaries and three sixes on his was to recording 63 runs off just 30 deliveries before being caught behind off Steve Biko in the 11th over.
Gondaria spoke to kenya-cricket.com after the match, stating that him and his team are happy with today’s outcome. “We had two debutants to the super League and I’m glad that they did well today. They had a good experience and will keep improving game by game.”
Commenting on his batting and whether he has now found a steady momentum after getting the runs in the last three matches, Gondaria said that it’s a work in progress. “I have been trying to stay at the crease more and it is working out for me. The boys are also happy and more confident of the matches ahead.”
Patel, replacing Pushpak Kerai who departed for a golden duck in the second over, scored 33 runs off 38 balls, inclusive of six boundaries before his fellow national team mate Collins Obuya disturbed his furniture in the 13th over. Obuya also accounted for Nelson Odhiambo (25 off 18), finishing with 3/33 off four overs as the visitors ran away with the win in just 13.1 overs.
Obuya Cricket Academy finally made history by playing their first Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League match two years after promotion at their home ground, a week after their match against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ was deemed unplayable.
Sent in to bat, the hosts folded for 133 runs despite batting through 43 overs. The middle order chipped in with the runs, Kennedy Obuya top scoring with 31 off 78 balls, four boundaries included. Kennedy manned the middle with Steve Biko, the pair adding 38 runs to the 6th wicket before the latter had his sticks knocked back by Rajesh Bhudiya at the close of the 36th over.
Atharva Tembhekar showed a glimpse of his talent with 18 off 39 balls while Steve Odhiambo added 13 runs at the top.
O.C.A lost wickets in quick succession, their dependable top order folding to have them at 3 -33 in 7.1 overs, Steve Odhiambo making 13, Collins Obuya 5 and Sahil Shah 1.
Kanbis’ bowlers were tidy, Rajesh Bhudiya being the pick of them with 3/9 in 7 overs with Kaavya Pindoria making a season debut with 2/26 off 6 overs. Nischay Kerai added 2/19 from his 8 overs.