Sharma draws fourth ton to drum up national selection campaign

Pushkar Sharma, in his 7th match as Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’s captain relived his heroics against SCLPS ‘A’ by recording his fourth ton of the season, his third as captain. Sharma completed his double against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ with 109 runs from 96 balls, 12 boundaries and two maximums therein, five weeks after he finished unbeaten on 167 runs against Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ to set the highest individual score in the top tier competition.

The skipper reiterates his goal to play for Kenya and break the record number of tons ever scored in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) League in a single season. “My goal still remains to play for Kenya and help revive the game of Cricket. I promised my boss that I will give him five Centuries this season so I have one more to go for him. I still don’t know what the going record is in the League but I’m determined to break it,” says Sharma.

Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’s Vishil Patel picked 4/35 to finally break into the top ten bowling rankings

Sharma leads the batting tally with 715 runs from just 10 innings his fourth ton opening up a 240 – run gap between him and Stray Lions’ pro – Krishna Katukala who has since overtaken Dhiren Gondaria to second place.

Despite not bettering the 144 runs he picked against the side in the first leg, Sharma was the lone fighter for his team, Ajinkya Beloshe the next best with 30 off 58 balls. The two put up an 84 – run partnership for the fifth wicket to lift Ruaraka from a precarious 4/94 inside 16 overs to set up a 66 – run win.

The hosts set up 215 runs for victory despite being bowled out with 58 balls to spare, a target that proved too good for the Nairobi West – based youthful side.

Mohit Jhawa (R) top scored for Samaj with 59 runs and picked three wickets. Photo credits

Samaj’s professional Mohit Jhawa continued to find purchase with the ball picking 3/31, most notably the prize wicket of Sharma whom he had caught and bowled in the 37th over while coming good with the bat with a maiden half century albeit in a third losing cause since his arrival three weeks ago.

Jhawa smashed eight boundaries in his 70 – ball 59 before being caught by Harshit Vekaria off Sachin Gill inside the 29th over, being the ninth man to depart after batting out the overs from the 4th.

Gill finshed with 2/35 from his entire allotment for Ruaraka.

Harshin Varsani picked 2/69 and scored 17 runs for Samaj. Photo credits

Harshin Varsani continued his needle moving antics with 2 wickets and 17 runs at the back end of the Samaj innings while Mahendra Siyani picked a respectable 2/38 from his 7 overs to restrict the run accumulating middle order pair of Beloshe and Zephaniah Arinaitwe (19.)

Vishil Patel’s 4/35 finally had him break the top ten of the bowling charts with 20 wickets from 12 innings, just twelve shy of Shem Ngoche at the crest.

With the win, Ruaraka move to fourth place with 30 points while Samaj elevate slightly to 8th on the ten – team Super League log.

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