Kanbis nuke Sir Ali to retain coveted third place

Rakep Patel relishes a spike in confidence on top scoring with an 89 – ball 77 to help Kanbis Sports Club to a 115 – run win over Sir Ali Muslim Club in the top tier of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) League. With the win, Kanbis manage to pick their 8th win of the season and cement their third place position in the back drop of four losses from their last five matches before today.

As expected, Patel states that the team is also in high spirits this evening. “I’m glad to be getting my confidence back with these two performances. The win is a good boost to the team especially because we lost while trying to defend the last few games. Going forward, this is also good for recouping our collective confidence as a tightly knit squad.”

Patel’s repair job with Emmanuel Bundi was the turnaround that Kanbis Sports Club needed as the Eastleigh High School boys dragged the game back from 6 for 111 with a partnership worth a century of runs. Bundi returned a carefully constructed 63 runs off 72 balls to put up his second half century of the season before the two departed six balls apart with 125 runs between them.

Emmanuel Bundi scored 63 runs and picked three wickets

Kanbis managed to tip toe to 258 runs with ten balls to spare, in spite of yet another top order collapse that saw Narendra Patel save face at the very top with 46 runs in his fourth consecutive appearance of the season.

Patel (Rakep) says that Kanbis are aware of their frailties at the top and they are trying to rectify it as they go along. Kanbis have been on record backing the growth of their home-grown talent even as other Clubs in the Super League acquire professional players. Not surprisingly their younger players pack the top of the order in the form of now regulars Pushpak Kerai, Dhiren Gondaria, Mihir Jesani and Sachin Bhudia.

Zahid Abbas accounted for Rakep and Rajesh Bhudiya (2) to return 2/42 from his 7 overs, speedster Irfan Ellahi adding 2/60 from his entire allotment leaving Abdul Rehman to clean up with 2/32 from his 8.2 overs.

Irfan Ellahi picked two wickets for Sir Ali

In reply, a familiar top order collapse saw the top four return a paltry 32 runs as Sir Ali folded for 143 runs in 30 overs, sliding down to fifth place with their sixth loss of the season. The omission of skipper Gurdeep Singh who is serving out his two match ban alongside his brother Tarandeep Singh stung them even more this weekend with only five double digits where stand in skipper Prinshu Yadav top scored with 35 runs, Zahid Abbas and Hamza Amir topping up with 30 and 23 runs respectively.

Emmanuel Bundi continued his brilliance with the ball to bag 3/21 from his five overs, Nischay Kerai (3/33 from 7 overs) and Mikunj Pindolia (3/45) weaving in the rest of the wickets.

With that loss, Sir Ali retain their 28 points and slip to fifth place as Ruaraka overtake them with two extra points gained from an abandoned match against Obuya Cricket Academy.

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