Sikhs slump as Swamibapa display batting prowess

Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ have shown that they are no slouch with the bat, their skipper Rushabhvardan Patel making good on his recent starts to lead Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ to an emphatic seven wicket win over Sikh Union Sports Club. Swamibapa are third on the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League log with a match in hand and an inferior run rate to Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ who have also picked only seven wins this season.

The skipper was happy to have put his highest individual score on the board this season, despite the match closing without enough runs on the board to close in on a century. “I’m happy with our performance today and I feel that I’m getting close enough to a ton. It’s unfortunate that there weren’t enough runs on the board to get one today.”

Muhammad Kalyan top scored for Sikhs with his second half century of the season.

Patel was unbeaten on 89 runs, the skipper’s second 80+ score of the season and his highest individual score, resplendent of the confident batting form he carried from the Pearl of Africa T20 Series in Uganda two weeks ago. On what has contributed to his recent form, he states, “I’m just looking to take a bit more time on the wicket and follow the process that I’ve been working on while looking to execute it as best as I can.”

Jignesh Kerai picked 2/5 from just two overs for Swamibapa

With the win, Swamibapa bounced back from a humiliating five wicket loss to Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ who handed them their third loss of the season and stopped them short of a fourth – match winning streak.

Electing to bowl at Sikh Union Sports Club, Swamibapa bundled out the hosts for 193 runs with 9.3 overs to spare courtesy of their prolific spin – trio of James Ngoche (3/24), Jadavji Bhimji (2/36) and Jignesh Hirani (2/5).

James Ngoche picked 3/24 for Swamibapa

Muhammad Kalyan was handy with lessons on staying at the wicket, being the last man to depart with 53 runs from 104 deliveries, only three boundaries to his name. Despite making his second half century of the season, Kalyan only got reasonable support from skipper Sukhdeep Singh with 44 off 40, five boundaries and one maximum therein and Sudhir Kumar Yadav with a 28 – ball 34.

In return, Dhwanil Patel broke into the top ten batting rankings after only five innings, registering his third half century of the season by falling just thirteen runs short of his second ton of the season. Dhwanil amassed eight boundaries and five maximums off the 62 balls he faced in a 152 – run stand for the third wicket with his skipper, falling just 11 balls and 14 runs shy of Swamibapa’s victory, Kalyan holding on to him at long on courtesy of Jassim Jitendra Matharoo.

Raj Manji was caught by Dhwanil Patel for a 27 – ball 17

Despite the onslaught, Deepak Singh managed to scalp 2/44 of his nine overs, knocking over Morris Ouma and having Jignesh Kerai trapped in the slip cordon by Kalyan for 3 runs each.

The loss leaves Sikh Union stuck at eighth on the ten team log, with three wins from eleven matches.

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