Obanda’s fends off injury jitters with ton against Sir Ali

Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ now have the most number of individual centuries in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super League after Alex Obanda’s swashbuckling ton over the weekend that helped the League leaders get over Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ while putting up their highest total of the season.

In only his 6th appearance for Stray Lions this season, Obanda was the embodiment of fortitude and resilience in a 130 – run knock in only his second match back from an injury hiatus. Obanda picked up an injury that exacerbated during the finals of the Pearl of Africa T20 Series in Uganda a month ago and put him out of commission since.

His ton came in just 66 deliveries, inclusive of 11 boundaries and six maximums, his next 13 deliveries yielding the 30-run top up with an additional three boundaries and two maximums. Having opened the innings, Obanda took the scoreboard to 4/202 by the time he departed in the 27th over, caught by skipper Gurdeep Singh off Prinshu Yadav.

Krishna Katukala put on another half century

Obanda’s ton comes in the wake of Krishna Katukala’s 105 against Ruaraka Sports Club ‘A’ five weeks ago and Shem Ngoche’s 108 in their season opener against at home against the same opponent.

Krishna Katukala continued his impressive form to remain unbeaten on 64 off 60 while putting up an 85 – run winning stand with Anish Chaudhery (44) to see the visitors home with 92 balls to spare.

Tarandeep Singh was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with 2/50 off 7 overs.

In another redemption story, Siddarth Mhatre put up an unbeaten ton off the bench, reviving his lacklustre season in a dream innings. “I always wanted to score a century here in Kenya and I finally did it,” says Mhatre.

Siddarth Mhatre scored his maiden League ton. Photo courtesy

“I believe that the comebacks are always greater than the setbacks. I scored two half centuries at the beginning of the season against Obuya and Swamibapa but lost my form after that. I’ve come back from scoring only 7 runs in 4 games and sitting out the next two due to the 3 – professional player rule.”

Tossed in to bat, Mhatre’s 100 came that came off 90 balls, ten boundaries therein, was the cap that Sir Ali needed to post 282 runs on the board while missing a couple off their first XI. A far cry away, Sajjad Malik and Prinshu Yadav added 37 and 34 runs respectively with the rest of the top-middle order chipping in.

Shem Ngoche added 3/66 to take his wicket tally to 37 at the top of the Super League bowling deck, David Mutua picking 2/44 from his 7 overs to back him up.

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