The second edition of the Maniwa Cup tournament entered its second week of competition this weekend with S&S Acrovent Rhinos and Kifaru Chargers making headway in the Over 40s Category scheduled for Saturday afternoons at Nairobi Gymkhana.
Sunshine Ndovu’s hopes of qualifying for the finals of the Over 40’s category suffered a double blow this Saturday when their dependable batter Naresh Kannabiran was ruled out of the tournament before going down to S & S Acrovent Rhinos.
In the other match played at the same venue, Kifaru Chargers emerged victorious after beating Logwin Simba by eight wickets.
Asked to bat, Sunshine were in the driver’s seat and set to post a decent score before the match was halted after Kannabiran who was on 25 runs off 26 balls was hit on the face with a full toss delivery.
At the time of the incident, Sunshine had posted 36 runs after six overs.
“The injury was very unfortunate but we thank God it was not that serious. We hope he will be fine and hoping to see him joining us before the end of the tournament, Sunshine skipper Chidambaran Subramanian said as soon as the opening batter was rushed to the hospital to receive additional medical attention.
After the match resumed, Sunshine struggled to construct any meaningful partnerships and were later dismissed for 77 runs with none of their other batters scoring double digits.
Suresh Raman was the chief destroyer for S & S Acrovent side with 4 for 15 off 3 overs.
In reply, S & S Acrovent lost only two wickets to revive their chances of a semi-final slot with 27 balls to play.
Skipper Bhoopal Sreenivasan was the top scorer with 29 runs after putting on an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 45 runs with opener Vinoj (27).
In the match played earlier at the same venue, Kifaru put one foot into the final with an eight -wicket win over Logwin.
Chasing a target of 96, Kifaru were home and dry with four balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 43 from Ranganath Komanduri and Ginesh Gopinath’s 20.
Komanduri had earlier impressed with the ball with 3 for 17.
Santosha Shetty was Logwin’s top batsman with 19 off 15 balls.
The event continues Sunday with below ‘Regular’ action at the same venue.