Sir Ali complete resurgence against Obuya

Sandip Adole ensured that he is not headed back to the Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ bench with an all – round performance that earned them a 68 – run victory over Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A) at Lenana School.

Adole top scored for the visitors, falling short of a maiden season ton by seven runs but making his highest score of the season while returning to scalp 3/41, including one maiden from his entire allotment.

Adole rues missing out on a century and praises a team effort for pulling them back into the game. “I’m happy that I got runs back on the board but surely, I could have gotten a century. We had the game running away from us after the first couple of wickets bit we knew that we had good spinners and were confident that they would pick wickets for us,” states the overseas player.

Adole smashed 9 fours and two maximums in his 88 – ball 93 to help Sir Ali to 9/296 at the close of the first innings. All in the backdrop of an astounding opening partnership of 135 runs, their best in a season where their top order has been wanting.

Skipper Gurdeep Singh made a return to the top of the order, a sign that his shoulder niggles are in the past, to score 62 runs off 77 balls alongside George Owino who managed his second half century in three matches with a 71 – ball 67, five fours and four sixes, therein.

Steve Biko continued an exemplary season with the ball post a hamstrung hiatus, picking 4/32 from 6.3 overs, including the prize wicket of Adole.

O.C.A had an exemplary start to their innings, David Obuya and his nephew Steve Omwogo setting them up with a 127 – run opening stand in 18 overs. Omwogo went on to smash eleven fours and one maximum before falling short of his maiden ton by 11 runs, heartbreak striking at the close of the 39th over with the scoreboard on 5 – 200. Only 28 runs came in the next 9.3 overs as O.C.A picked their ninth of the season to remain at the bottom of the bottom.

David scored 65 runs off 58 balls, being the first to depart at the close of the 18th, caught by Gurdeep off Adole while Omwogo and Kennedy departed just three balls apart off a returning Tarandeep Singh (2/34.)

Tarandeep Singh, Siddarth Mhatre and Joseph Owino picked two wickets-a-piece.

Sir Ali move back to fourth place, winning the middle table contest owing to the loss picked by Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’.

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