Rushabh wins battle of the bloodline, only barely

The highly anticipated Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) brotherly duel between Harshvardan and Rushabhvardan Patel ended in an anti-climax for hosts Nairobi Gymkhana who lost the tussle by 22 runs further exacerbating their tough luck with a slip down the Super League rankings to 7th.

Gymkhana’s skipper is aware that they botched their way through the match from a comfortable 1/90 position when Arun Yadav departed just inside the 9th over. “We made silly mistakes at critical moments during the game which is definitely something that we’re looking at improving. We just need to put on a good show for the remaining six matches starting with Stray (Lions Cricket Club) this Sunday,” stated Harsh.

Morris Ouma made his second half century against Gymkhana this season. Photo Credits – Raymac.

Even so, Swamibapa’s skipper told that he thought it was a very good match up with pressure situations for both teams throughout the game.

The Gymkhana overseas player was the first to depart with a half century at the very top of the innings, his 60 0ff 32 balls inclusive of ten boundaries and one maximum. Four overs, later, his opening partner Babariya Tirth (34) followed him out, opening the door to a further 2/7 collapse that accounted for the skipper and Karan Kaul  for 16 and 8 respectively.

Arun Yadav top scored for Gymkhana with 60 runs

On his part, Swamibapa’s skipper lauds his bowlers for pulling one back. Thankfully, we got over the line. I think our batting could have been better. No one from the top four batted through which I think is very crucial in 50 overs cricket as it allows the team to put up a winning score. However, defending 213, Gymkhana were at 124 in 15 overs and having them bowled for 190, the bowling unit did an excellent job in containing the situation and picking up wickets at regular intervals and playing according to plans,” stated Rushabh.

A dramatic middle order session saw Dominic Wesonga out injured with a muscle cramp and two run – outs that in the form of Veer Dave (10 off 35) and Parth Patel who was accounted for by the pair of Jignesh Hirani and Dhwanil Patel for a golden duck.

Still, Rushabh reckons their fielding did not come up to scratch. “Our fielding was not of the highest quality. Having said that, there were two very crucial run outs which helped change the game around in our favour. After that , we just trusted our plans and skills to pull through and win the game. Overall, there is still work to be done in all three aspects before the next game and we will be working harder regardless of our current league standing,” he adds.

James Ngoche picked a mean 2/31 for Swamibapa

Wesonga finally came back to be the last man out with a 47 – ball 25, his partnership of 30 runs with Amish Amin (20) a little too late and barely enough with the scoreboard no longer running on 10/191, 23 balls to spare.

James Ngoche was resplendent with a mean 2/31 from his quota while paceman Peter Koech picked 2/40 from his nine offers to offer the promise of a rekindling form picked in his recent senior men’s debut in Uganda last month.

Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ will hold on to their match in hand for another week at second place, having bagged their 8th win despite Yash Talati’s maiden five – fer curtailing a 300+ projected score to just 213 from 45 overs.

The mercurial Dhwanil Patel scored his 4th half century of the season, his six innings so far now reading 62, 118, 70, D.N.B, 87 and now 64.

Dhwanil Patel recorded yet another half century for Swamibapa

Morris Ouma brought up his fourth half century for Swamibapa this season with a 79 – ball 52 in spite of a muscle niggle that also put him out of his innings for a while. The former skipper put on an 88 – run opening stand with his successor, Rushabh departing for 48 well into the 17th over.

Prasang Hirani (15) was the only other batter to return double figures in the top heavy batting order, as Talati and Amish Amin (3/39) returned the next six batters to the pavilion with single figures in a brilliant bowling display.

Yash Talati picked his first five-fer of the season

The loss proved monumental for Nairobi Gymkhana who slipped back to 7th place after an impressive run that saw them bag four wins on the trot to cap a torrid opening season that featured five consecutive losses.

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