Obuya Cricket Academy’s captain Collins Obuya stated that his team is looking at finishing out the League a match at a go admist grappling with a double loss against Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ and their 8th of the season.
Shem Ngoche consolidated his top ranked bowling spot in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League with a season’s best 5/13 to help Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ pick an easy 7 wicket win over bottom placed Obuya Cricket Academy.
Skipper Collins Obuya attributed their loss to lack of application in the first innings that denied them a reasonable total on the board. “We did not apply ourselves batting – wise. If we had applied ourselves during the first ten overs, it would have been a different story and we would have posted over 210 runs.”
In the match that was reduced to 35 overs due to a wet wicket at Lenana School over the weekend, the hosts were bowled out for 132 runs in 33.5 overs, the bulk of the runs posted by Anderson Gram who made his maiden Super League appearance with an unbeaten 55 runs off 57 balls, ten boundaries therein.
The skipper who went for nought, bowled off Shem Ngoche’s final delivery to close the third over says that he’s not worried about his form. “It’s just a matter of time. I have been working hard in the nets and I know it will come back in the next game.” The lanky leg – spinning top order batsman has accumulated 319 runs from eight inning so far, including a ton against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ and 94 against Ngara Sports Club ‘A’.
With a youthful side excluding his siblings Kennedy and David, the skipper is full of praise of the youthful players who have jam – packed the side since their reintroduction into the League less than two months ago. “The young cricketers are good for the future of Obuya Academy and that of Kenya Under – 19 Cricket. We are looking to play the remaining games one game at a time, taking it every Sunday as they come,” he summarises.
David Obuya made 21 runs at the very top of the innings, Joshua Rajula (15) and Kennedy Obuya (14) and Atharva Tembhekar (12) were the only other batters to make double digits.
Ngoche picked his second five – fer of the season in just seven overs as David Mutua picked two late wickets in his final over to return 3/17 from his four overs.
Krishna Katukala who has been on an upward trajectory since the League begun made his third half century, scoring a quick 71 off 57 balls, unbeaten, eleven boundaries and one maximum to aid Stray Lions to 133 runs in just 17.5 overs.
While Nithin Arvind’s miserable season persisted with a golden duck, a returning Praveen Kumar filled in his five weeks’ absence with 25 runs at the top, gifting David Obuya with his lone wicket inside the eleventh over, caught and bowled.
Newly minted wicket keeper – bat acquisition Anish Chaudhery ticked off another promising match unbeaten on 22 balls off 17 balls to finish off the match.
Francis Mutua’s promotion up the order to fill in for Neil Mugabe at third bore little fruit by the time Steve Omwogo had him picked up by Joshua Rajula for 3.
Omwogo finished with 2/24 from his 4 overs, having earlier accounted for Arvind with his first ball of the innings, caught behind by Kennedy Obuya.
The loss leaves Obuya Cricket Academy plastered at the bottom of the ten team log that Stray Lions reigns supreme having lost only one of their 13 fixtures to Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A.’