Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A’ may have bagged the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over Super League last weekend with a match to play but that did not stop them from asserting a run – away three wicket win over runners up Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’ this week.
Opting to bat, skipper Hiren Varaiya ensured that Kanbis could only put up 7/231 in 40.2 overs from their allotted which the visitors chased down with 69 balls to spare. The left armer spun 4/30 to skittle the middle to lower order that included top scorers Mihir Jesani (46) and Rakep Patel (34.) Skipper Dhiren Gondaria added 38 runs from 37 balls in an innings he admits they were in a rush to complete.
“We were all out with almost 60 balls to spare, played our shots after getting boundaries and ended up losing wickets,” he states. “We fought back with the ball until the middle overs when they got the big partnership. Overall, we set out well in both innings at the start before losing it towards the end,” the skipper told kenya-cricket.com.
Pace sensation Gerald Mwendwa picked 2/23 from his 6 overs with Jayampathi scalping 2/63 from his nine overs that included a maiden.
As dependable as he has been all season, Charith Jayampathi stood up with both bat and ball to see his team home for the last time this season before jetting off back home to Sri Lanka, befittingly so, with his maiden half century of the season and two wickets to his name.
Jayampathi was clinical, unbeaten on 75 from 67 balls, his innings inclusive of 14 boundaries while his overseas compatriot and wicket – keeper batter Anish Chaudhery (62 off 43) recorded his second half century of the season and added 59 runs to the sixth wicket alongside Jayampathi.
Perhaps, the most crucial of partnerships was that involving Jayampathi and David Mutua (17) who added 65 runs to the seventh wicket to drag the score to 227 by the tie Mutua departed in the 37th over, just 9 runs short of the target.
Veteran Kanbis all-rounder Rajesh Bhudiya was the pick of the bowlers with 3/50 from his entire quota.
With that loss, Kanbis have to wait for the result of the match pitting Obuya Cricket Academy against Swamibapa Sports Club to determine whether they tie with Swamibapa on net run rate in second place or whether they remain adrift with a match won between them.