Skipper Gurdeep Singh capped a fantastic season with his best batting figures, scoring a ton to further solidify his top order placement in the Senior Men’s national team after opening in the recently concluded Kampala series’.
Sent in to bat by Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’ in their final match of the season, Singh returned to the top of the order with a scintillating 141 off 133 balls to help Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ thrash the hosts by 153 runs at Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club over the weekend. With that win, the Park Road boys overturn a tardy second leg to register their tenth win and seal a top four finish
Gurdeep’s innings came off thirteen boundaries and four maximums before he was found short of his crease in the 41st over but with the score on 4-234, the damage had already been done. He found a worthy partner in Zahid Abbas (62 off 63 balls) who announced his return from a combined national duty and medical leave with his third half century of the season and a 133 – run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Peter Koech and Rakesh Kahar were the pick of the bowlers for Swamibapa with two wickets-a-piece.
In a bid to cement the second place position, everything that could have gone wrong went haywire for Swamibapa as they were nailed for the third time in a row after two consecutive four wicket defeats to Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ and Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’.
In their reply of 169 runs, Rushabh Patel was fluent with a 47 – ball 55 that included four boundaries and two maximums but aside from him, only Dhwanil Patel (33) and Harendra Kerai (24) contributed the next meaningful scores courtesy of the visitors’ three – pronged spin attack.
Prinshu Yadav picked 3/30, including one maiden from his 6 overs of leg spin while the off spinners picked two – a – piece, Abbas with his right arm and the left handed Sandip Adole.
Swamibapa are now stuck in third place with eleven wins from 17 matches, with a match to spare, behind Kanbis who have won just one extra match.