Ruaraka and O.C.A play out exciting last-ball tie

Obuya Cricket Academy’s skipper Collins Obuya put on a match winning performance to ensure Ruaraka’s chances at the coveted Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League title were dealt yet another blow after they played out the second tied match this season against Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A.)

Electing to bat, the trio of Obuya brothers steered O.C.A to put up 190 runs on the board from their allotted 50 overs. Collins Obuya took control of the innings in a patient 66 off 113 balls, while his brothers scored more aggressively, Kennedy Obuya scoring 56 off 64 and David Obuya making 48 off 57 balls.

Kennedy Obuya scored 56 off 64 balls

However, it was Collins Obuya’s last over that sealed a dramatic finish at Ruaraka Sports Club as the bowler picked 3 wickets in an over that had begun with a wide. The skipper bowled the three batters starting with the set Sachin Gill who exited stranded on 96 runs, followed by Ramesh Gajparia (2) second ball and Kishan Pindoria with the last ball of the innings departing with a seven – ball duck.

Obuya finished with 4/44, backed up by Steve Omwogo’s 3/18.

Collins Obuya struck back with a last over thriller to pick three wickets

Gill will have to wait to get his ton despite patiently batting through 133 deliveries and scoring just eight boundaries and two maximums. He’s undaunted, though. “I was playing for the team and didn’t even check the score board because I wanted us to win the match. I feel that my wicket changed the game but considering the number of changes we had to contend with, I’m happy that we managed to draw the match.”

Moving forward, the overseas batter who’s had a dry run between scoring a half century in his first match against Ngara Sports Club ‘A’ says that being back to form will be a plus for the team. “We have to focus on the coming matches and it is good that I got back to form because Pushkar (Sharma) has been the only performer. Different faces are coming up so he can play his natural game on top of knowing where to use players to handle the game situation.”

Ajinkya Beloshe added 42 runs and picked three wickets

His overseas compatriot, Ajinkya Beloshe managed a supportive 42 runs from 77 balls and came back to scalp  a mean 3/7 off his five overs, Vishil Patel adding 11 off 48 as the last batter to attain double figures.

Newbie Kishan Pindoria (3/13 off 6 overs) was the other pick of the bowlers for Ruaraka.

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