Ruaraka hit by holiday bug and Sikhs combo

The holiday bug seems to have bit harder along Thika Road, leaving Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ with at least four changes to their regular squad and a jaw clenching five wicket defeat at the hands of Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’.

Upset about the loss of the match that was reduced to 35 overs due to a wet wicket, skipper Pushkar Sharma also vows that they’ll bounce back into the top two of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League. “I feel like we lost the toss so that was not good for us on that wicket. I tried to stay in but did not get enough support from my team as no one else made 20 runs. Having beaten Kanbis (Sports Club ‘A’) twice and Swmibapa (Sports Club ‘A’) and then losing to Sikh Union today is very upsetting,” he lamented.

“We have to get to number two anyhow so we have to win all the remaining matches,” added Sharma.

Pushkar Sharma top scored for Ruaraka with 63 runs

The skipper’s 86-ball 63 was the difference as Ruaraka were bowled out for 128 runs in 26.3 overs after being inserted, seven boundaries and one maximum therein. The rest of the batters fell in packs, the only meaningful partnership being for the fifth between Sharma and Ajinkya Beloshe (16) who made 47 runs to give them a glimmer of hope.

However, all hell broke loose after Beloshe’s exit inside the 23rd over, the hosts losing the next five wickets for 18 runs from 22 balls.

Ruaraka were taken for a spin by Jassim Jitendra Matharoo who picked 4/17 from just three overs and Aum Patel who added a mean 3/14 to his tally from just 7 overs.

On his part, Sikh Union’s skipper Sukhdeep Singh is happy that his boys were able to overcome their first hurdle of the weekend as they look to facing Obuya Cricket Academy in their double weekend fixture. “We have been striving to work on our mental game and that is what we did on Saturday. We had a talk with our local boys and it turned out that they really needed to just gain confidence and play. Aum used the wicket very well after we won the toss and overall, it was a very good performance to go into tomorrow with a positive,” stated the skipper after the win.

Sikh Union’s skipper Sukhdeep Singh was unbeaten on 46 runs.

As has been this season’s norm, Sukhdeep Singh carried his troops across the line in just 14.4 overs unbeaten on 46 runs from 44 balls to make a point as far as their run rate is concerned. Sudhir Kumar Yadav kept ticking with 29 runs from 20 balls to add 56 runs to the second wicket with his skipper as the rest chipped in.

Elijah Otieno and Vishil Patel picked two wickets-a-piece for Ruaraka in the losing cause to leave the Thika Road side rooted in fourth place, only two points separating them from Sir Ali in third.

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