Battle of the Superstars: Maneno, pacemen ensure Sir Ali victory

Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ copped up a 79 – run defeat at the hands of Sir Ali Muslim Club, despite the inclusion of three overseas players in their away fixture over the weekend.

This makes it six straight losses for the Forest Road – based side.

Electing to bat, Sir Ali’s innings were not devoid of drama as they hobbled to 193 runs with 51 balls to spare. Eugene Maneno endured the heartbreak of being left stranded at the crease for the second time in a row as he ran out of partners. Maneno was left unbeaten on 36 runs from 31 deliveries, top scoring for the hosts from number 8 in the order.

He hit four boundaries, adding three runs to his last match’s score in an identical position which he wishes could be better. “I believe I could have done much better with partners in both innings as I was seeing the ball well and on a momentum shift in the innings. However, that’s how the game is set up sometimes. I’m just glad that I’m finding my knick with the bat even though wickets have dried up on my end. I’ll keep doing the basics and with time, everything will align. For now, the team is winning and we are all happy to play our part in our success,” Maneno told kenya-cricket.com as he picked up his second man of the match award this season.

The other season’s debutant Tony Ochieng’ gritted out 35 runs from 60 deliveries from two positions above Maneno in a show of intention which included a 73 – run partnership with skipper Gurdeep Singh (28.)

Siddarth Mhatre added 25 runs at the top in a 41 – run opening stand with Joseph Owino (10.)

The visitors made five changes overall to last weekend’s squad that produced a thrilling penultimate over match which they lost to Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS) ‘A’ by three wickets.

Raj Manji, Dilan Shah, Aum Patel, Premi Vekaria and Charanpreet Aidhy made way for the overseas trio of Sudhir Kumar Yadav, Jassim Jitendra and Deepak Singh; as well as Dedan Omondi who had been rested and Gurmanjot Singh who finally made his maiden League appearance after injury concerns kept him away.

Not with much purchase, though, as they did not stand a chance against the rampaging twin – pace of Irfan Ellahi and Abdul Rehman. Ellahi amassed 5/36 off 9 overs while Rehman scalped the other 5/22.

Irfan Ellahi took 5/36 for Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’

Sudhir Kumar Yadav opened the batting to top score with 38 runs off 60 balls inclusive of 6 boundaries. Yadav also made the only noticeable partnership of the innings, contributing 55 runs to the third wicket with Parth Patel. Patel departed in the 18th over with the board on 3 – 79 while Yadav followed in the 22nd over with the score on 4 – 88.

None of the other players made double figures as Sikh Union capitulated for 6 – 26 to be bowled out for 114 runs in 31.3 overs.

Sikh Union’s debutants did the heavy work with the ball; Jitendra picking 3/49 off his entire allotment while Hirani scalped 3/35. Skipper Sukhdeep Singh continued his good outing in the season with 2/40.

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