Martin Ndandason produced an all-round performance as he chipped in with both bat and ball to ensure Nairobi Gymhana scraped a 25 – run win over Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS) ‘A’ in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over Super League division.
Electing to bat, Nairobi Gymkhana surpassed the 200 mark for only the third time this season as they pit up their second highest score on the season – 224 – which they managed to defend with 10 overs to spare.
Ndandason top scored with 35 runs off 24 balls batting at 8, before returning to pick the new ball in the absence of his brother who is away on national duty to bag 3/37 from his entire allotment and a catch to restrict the hosts to 199 runs.
Perhaps spurred by his omission from the travelling squad to Kampala, Uganda last week, Lucas’ baby brother put on a 31 – ball 31 – run useful partnership with the young Yash Talati (4), being the ninth man to depart with the score on 209.
On a day that Gymkhana’s top order came good, Shay Shah and skipper Kavi Dosaja put on a 55 – run opening partnership, their highest in 8 – League matches so far, having tried out six different opening partnerships to date.
However, Sumit Halai continued to impress in his young cricket career, stopping Gymkhana’s happy hour by claiming the entire top order – Shah gifting him his first when he was caught by Yogesh Kabaria for 33 off 50 balls in the 13th over, the skipper following him out at the close of the 17th over, fending off to Rahul Nathani’s gloves for 22.
The middle order also put important partnerships to push the score further with Harsh Patel (6) perishing to a run out chance by Halai’s arm.
Veer Dave and Karan Kaul added 47 runs to the fourth wicket before Hiten Vekaria begun his 4/47 assault, disturbing Kaul’s furniture in the 31st over with 120 runs on the board. Dave found purchase twice in a row, accelerating the score to 164 before also being accounted for by Vekaria, caught by Rahul Rabadia for 32 from 64 balls in the 39th over. Alykhan Lalani was knocked over for 2 as Parth Patel getting stumped on 25 to complete Vekaria’s quartet.
Ex Kenya international Lameck Ngoche cleaned up the tail to return 2/34 from his 9 overs.
In reply, Ndandason and Patel combined to pick a collective seven wickets with Samaj always looking with the target’s sights.
Yogesh Kabaria was the proverbial elephant at the top of the tree before being the second batsman in his side to be stranded in the nineties, just two weeks after Rahul Nathani was left stranded on 99 chasing a successful Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ total, albeit dismissed this time. Kabaria was dismissed just four runs short of a maiden season century in the 25th over to leave the board on 6 – 142. The next four batsmen made small partnerships with Kabaria as they fell like dominoes before Rahul Rabadia (23) added 66 with him to the fifth wicket. Hiten Vekaria faced 27 balls to chip in with 17 runs as he backed up his spectacular bowling performance as the hosts fell just 25 runs short of the target with 60 balls to spare.
Parth Patel ran down the mid – lower order to bag 4/43 while Amish Amin continued a stellar bowling streak with 2/42 form 9 overs, including the prize wicket of Yogesh Kabaria.
Gymkhana continue to be haunted by the negative strike they got for lack of electronic scoring as they now place 8th after their second win of the season with just six points, just below SCLPS ‘A’ who have 8 points from two wins.