Gymkhana hinging on luck against Sikh Union’s pros

Nairobi Gymkhana ‘A’ will be praying that their luck shines on them once again as they welcome neighbours Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ this weekend in their Super League fixture of the ongoing Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League this weekend.

Across the road from the hosts, Sikh Union are yet to win a single match from their six outings. However, their skipper says that it’s time for them to turn their luck, despite injury concerns continuing to dog them. “Our new boys are doing well. They displayed a good performance in their first match and were just unlucky to lose to one bowler who got our main batters out.”- Irfan Ellahi and Abdul Rehman shared Sikh Union’s 5 wickets – a – piece last Sunday.

Despite showing much promise, Sikh Union’s batting has been heavily dependent on skipper Sukhdeep Singh and Muhammad Kalyan. Therefore, all –rounder Himanshu Dixit and off spinner Preveen Tandon being fit to play this week will breathe some life into the squad as they prepare to launch their three professional players into their second match: Satish Hirani and Jassim Jitendra Matharoo lucked out with the bat but picked three wickets a piece while Sudhir Kumar Yadav managed 38 runs on debut.

With Parth Patel looking good with the bat last week and earlier on in the season, Sikh Union may not have to tinker much with their squad this weekend. The only headache for the skipper would be to choose a perfect bowling combination from his on form local bowlers to pair with the all – rounders who have given a better purchase on that front.

With Gurleen Gill out with a thumb nail injury, Sikh Union may have no option but to pair Charanpreet Aidhy and Dedan Omondi who have shown flashes of brilliance with the ball, alongside all – rounders – Kalyan, Singh and Dixit. With their three overseas players seemingly settling down this week, the Sikh Union team that will show up may just knock over Nairobi Gymkhana on their way to the top.

Kavi Dosaja, who doubles up as Gymkhana’s wicket keeper needs the big numbers.

Nairobi Gymkhana place eighth on the log with two points, up from bottom place after winning their first match of the season last weekend against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A.’ Even so, Gymkhana would still worry about their mainstay top order seeing as they lost five wickets chasing a mere 124 runs.

Babariya Tirth was promoted from the B – side to open the innings last weekend and he may just have earned another nod as he made the difference at the top with 28 runs, batting through almost fifteen overs. This, while his B team was winning their seventh consecutive match of the season.

Hopefully, Harsh Patel continues with the start he got in order to cushion the remainder of the top order that includes skipper Kavi Dosaja and Veer Dave who have 93 and 42 runs, respectively, from 6 innings.

Another silver cloud for Gymkhana is the spinning duo of Aarnav Patel and Yash Talati who are horning their skills at the Starfield Sports Limited Academy with both bat and ball and turning out to be future match winners for them.

On the upside, Gymkhana’s bowling which has been their saving grace looks sharper since they bundled Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ for only 136 runs.

The hosts will be happy that four of their main players (Dosaja, Dominic Wesonga and the Ndandason brothers – Lucas and Martin) called up to the men’s provisional side to face Uganda and Nigeria will be available for their match this side to give them some leeway.  

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