Sachin Bhudia is only happy to have contributed to a collective win even after being dismissed two runs short of a maiden season ton. Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ went on to hand Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ a humiliating 259 – run defeat at their Eastleigh High School fortress to temporarily cement their third place position on the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League log.
“I managed to stay at the wicket and got my team to a good score, which was the goal. Right now, each and every one of us is getting in and contributing their part as a player which is good for the team’s confidence as we try to get back to winning ways. I still want to get as many runs as possible for my team so hopefully, the ton will come soon,” says Bhudia.
Kanbis put up a formidable 7/313, propelled by the seaming all – rounder’s 98 off 79 balls that included 10 boundaries and four maximums batting at 3. Bhudia steered the top of the innings with newly minted opening batter Pushpak Kerai (54) who put up his third half century of the season almost two months after being dismissed on 99 runs against Nairobi Gymkhana.
The two added 85 to the second wicket before Kerai was bowled by the golden arm of Vraj Patel in the 22nd over. Bhudia added a further 76 run with skipper Dhiren Gondaria (27) before being accounted for by Harsh Patel at the close of the 32nd over.
The golden middle order duo of Rakep Patel (47) and Emmanuel Bundi (42) were once again invaluable with 78 runs to take the score to 5/277 and 6/290 respectively by the time they were dismissed.
Bundi would later return to collect 4/24 from his six overs, including the top three batters and Kerai a mean 3/7 from four overs to wipe out the lower order.
Vice Skipper Harsh Patel went the mile but led with 3/73 while Bharat Panchasara picked 2/68 from 8 overs.
Ngara were woeful in return, a performance their vice-captain only describes as “horrible.” None of the visitors’ batters got to double figures, the highest score being 7 off 21 balls by Panchasara as they capitulated for a measly 54 runs in just 19.1 overs.
Mitesh Halai sclaped 2/14 from six overs for Kanbis as an upbeat Ngara who had risen to 6th after last week’s win over Sikh Union were sent back to seventh place on the ten-team log.