Returning skipper Kavi Dosaja lauded collective teamwork as his team upstaged League Leaders Stray Lions Sports Club ‘A’ by five wickets to bag their sixth win of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League.
Deservedly at home, Nairobi Gymkhana bowled out their visitors for just 106 runs in 29.3 overs, Arun Yadav leading the bowling pack with 4/32.
Speaking to kenya-cricket.com after the match, Dosaja says that this was a must win for them. “We weren’t beaten last week (against Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’.) We lost that match and we had to win today. Our seamers absorbed all the pressure, led by our overseas all – rounder Arun Yadav and Veer (Dave) took responsibility when it came to batting. Overall, it feels very good to come back strong after last week’s loss.”
Gymkhana’s seamers carried the day, Amish Amin picking 3/31 and Lucas Ndandason returning with 2/13 from their combined 15 overs.
Stray Lions’ all – rounder Joseph Onyango reckons that the toss helped their opponents but they could have batted to their potential. “It was a poor show to be honest. Our batting crumbled and we had zero partnerships on the board to help our cause. Gymkhana bowled well, hitting their lengths every time but we had no patience to execute. We also bowled a few extras to further our detriment but at the end of the day, we did not have enough runs on the board to defend.”
The Lions’ wicket keeper – batter Anish Chaudhry was the top scorer with 39 runs from 32 balls, his efforts only backed up by Krishna Katukala’s 21 – ball – 19. Alex Obanda, on his first match back since being injured in Uganda a month ago managed to post 10 off 11 at the top of the order, set up and caught at mid on by Martin Ndandason off Arun Yadav.
The hosts faltered for a bit at the beginning courtesy of the left arm spin double of skipper Hiren Varaiya and Shem Ngoche who scalped 2/24 and 2/29 to help the scoreboard to 5/84 in 23 overs. Their efforts proved too little too late as Veer Dave steered his side to victory with a lesson in patience, unbeaten on 31 from 72 balls.
Young Tirth Babariya continued to impress at the top with another start albeit being dismissed on 25 inside the 17th over. Dosaja scored 21 off 18 on his first match back after sitting out his two match ban alongside Lucas Ndandason.
With the win, Gymkhana move back to sixth place with 22 points with Stray Lions staying at the top nursing their second defeat of a season that has probably been blown wide open again this weekend.