Ngara: Beaten, but not out, just yet!

Ngara Sports Club’s skipper Mehul Patel is confident that his team can still make a late show in the Super League even as the sun sets on the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League.

Ngara have picked only one win from their six second leg matches, after emerging from the first round with four convincing wins, including the historical one against Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ by four wickets. To add insult to injury, their last two defeats have been deafening, getting wrapped up for a paltry 54 and 78 runs by Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ and Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’, respectively.

However, the skipper believes that they can still come out of the rough patch with just three matches left to complete their season. “Of course the team is disappointed with the two losses we have had. Having said that, we are confident that we will bounce back and finish the season on a high,” he states.

Nikul Patel returned from a five – match hiatus with a half century

It’s easy to believe as much. Barely three weeks ago, Ngara were emphatic in their 148 – run drubbing of Sikh Union, shining a glimmer of hope after losing Tanzeel Sheikh and Akash Shah at the end of the first leg. Explosive middle order batter Nikul Patel also missed five matches after their win against Swamibapa, making it back for the Sikh Union Clash that they won, having coincidentally lost all the five matches in between.

Mehul augers that the team has not been consistent all season, including himself being in and out of play for a time. “We have not had a consistent team throughout the League but we try and look at our positives and continue in the belief that we can end up with the convincing wins that we have had in the past.”

Obuya Cricket Academy are on a great patch

“For sure, we would like to come out on top for the remaining wins. We really don’t want to put a target on it but just take a game at a time. We want to come out with a positive attitude, enjoy the game and in the process hopefully come out on the winning side,” says the skipper as they host Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A) on the Mashujaa Day holiday.

An O.C.A side that, despite languishing at the bottom of the table, will be raring to go after a convincing 52 – run win against Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ and a tie defending 190 runs against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’.

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