Gymkhana set record winning streak with Kanbis triumph

Abdulqadir Najmi clobbered 15 boundaries enroute 71 runs off 69 balls to help Nairobi Gymkhana ‘B’ beat Kanbis Sports Club ‘B’ by 4 wickets in their Division I fixture played at Eastleigh High School over the weekend.

The win gave Nairobi Gymkhana’s B – side their seventh straight win at the top of Pool 2 of the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over season, a sharp contrast from their A – side who won their first match of the season on the same day.

No other team has a better run in the current League – Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘B’ (Division I, Pool 1) and Wolves Cricket Club (Division II) are the only other teams in the League with a clean sheet, albeit with five and four wins respectively.

Having been set 185 runs to win, Najmi teed off despite losing partners on the other end. Arvindbhai Patel went for a golden duck at the beginning of the second over, Murtaza Ebrahimjee (5) followed in the 8th over, Alykhan Lalani (8) walking bck closely behind in the 11th. Effectively 3 – 45, Najmi and Parth Patel (42 off 48 balls, inclusive of 6 boundaries) added 64 runs to the 4th wicket before the stylish opening batsman was dismissed by Vishal Kerai with the final ball of the 21st over.

Patel departed in the 27th over courtesy of Harish Varsani but Jiyan Patel (29) and Yash Gohil (11) combined for an unbeaten 37 runs to wrap up the match for Gymkhana, 88 balls to spare.

Harish Varsani was the pick of the bowlers with 3/42 off his ten overs while Vishal Kerai took 2/40 off his 8.

Electing to bat, Kanbis’ batters could not convert starts and lost wickets in some brief intervals in the middle. Ramesh Mepani’s addition seemed to bear fruit in the first innings as he top scored with 42 runs off 59 balls as well as stitching up partnerships in the middle.

Mepani came in at 4 to put up a 45 – run 3rd wicket partnership with Milan Kerai (13). Kanbis then lost 2-0 courtesy of Jigar Patel who, in successive balls, bowled Kerai and Keyur Khetani for a duck. Mepani tried to rebuild the innings with Arvind Halai (21), adding 34 to the fifth wicket before he was also bowled by Patel at the close of the 27th over.

Vishal Kerai ended up unbeaten on 22 runs while Hiren Kabaria took a break from steaming in for the A – side to score17 runs for the B side.

Jigar Patel posted 3/38 with the ball while Alykhan Lalani and Parth Patel picked 3/35 and 2/31 from 8 and 7.2 overs, respectively.

This was Kanbis’ second loss after an earlier loss to Goan Institute Unicorns ‘A’ in their third match of the season. They now place third on the log.

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