Eagles bury Flamingoes despite Patel’s half ton

Rakep Patel produced the first half century in only the second match of the inaugural Nairobi Cricket League T20 tournament but it was only barely enough as Nakuru Flamingoes fell by 24 runs to Mombasa Eagles as the inaugural Nairobi Cricket League got underway at the Nairobi Gymkhana.

Electing to bat, the Jimmy Kamande Eagles chipped in to post 160 runs, 92 of those coming off boundaries (14) and maximums (6.) Gurdeep Singh picked up from where he left off on Saturday in Uganda with an 18 – ball 26  that helped set up a 45 – run opening partnership with Dhwanil Patel (23) who was cleaned up by Vikum Sanjaya in the fifth over.

Gurdeep Singh picked two quick wickets for Mombasa Eagles

Singh registered four boundaries and one maximum before slapping one to Narendra Kalyan at mid off in the 8th over to grant Nehemiah Ngoche his first wicket.

Despite Elton Chigumbura falling for just four runs, three overs later, Chamara Kapugedera and Rakesh Kahar starred in a 48 – run fourth wicket stand, returning 27 runs alike before they were both accounted for by John Nyumbu.

Kamande (17 off 8 balls) got going at the tail end of the innings before his fellow skipper had him caught by Sanjaya in the final over of the innings, being the 8th and final wicket of the innings.

Ngoche was whacked for 2/40 off his entire allotment while Nyumbu finished with 2/29.

In reply, Gurdeep Singh spun his side to 3/19 to complete a man of the match performance as he cleaned out the middle – lower order Flamingoes, narrowly missing out on a hattrick. Singh had the explosive Deepak Singh trapped in front for just 7 in the 11th over, Zimbabwean John Nyumbu following him back to the pavilion next ball for a golden duck.

Gurdeep Singh was the man of the match with a match changing 3/19

Nakuru were frantic, losing their first two wickets for just four runs, a lone boundary hit by Kalyan off Gerald Mwendwa’s loosener. Hamza Khan was found short of his crease in just the next ball, attempting a go off Harshit Vekaria at mid – on, to depart without facing a single ball. Vekaria snapped up Kalyan with the next ball of the over, to have Nakuru reeling at 2/4 in three balls when Patel came to the crease.

Patel knocked seven boundaries and three maximums in the 49 balls he faced as he battled to get his team to victory, what with wickets periodically falling on the opposite end. He was finally skittled by Sumit Halai in the 18th over as he attempted a sweep to mid – wicket, having survived two dropped catches. Halai was thrice the charm this time round, as Patel survived being dropped by the wicket keeper on single digits and in the 13th over while on 46 runs, a sitter at long on.

Patel and Nadir Muhammad put on a nailbiting 51 – run partnership for the 8th wicket to lend Nakuru Flamingoes a ray of hope but it all went up in smoke when the two were dismissed just two balls apart, Muhammad (15) being the 9th to depart after Patel with 40 runs still required on the board.

Gerald Mwendwa turned out with 2/31 while his skipper added 2/26 to help Mombasa sail home by 24 runs after dismissing Peter Koech with the final ball of the match, akin to the morning session.

Gerald Mwendwa scalped 2/31 for Mombasa Eagles

Shem Ngoche’s Kisumu Cranes take on Morris Ouma’s Eldoret Hawks in the morning while Collins Obuya leads Nairobi Hornbills to hunt for a second win over Nakuru Flamingoes at the ame venue tomorrow.

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