NPCA LEAGUE

BOWLERS’ FEST IN NPCA DIVISION I OPENING TIES AS NAIROBI GYMKHANA, SIKH UNION TRIUMPH

The 2021 edition of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 – over League bowled off this past Sunday with matches in Division one producing spectacular results.

AbulQadir Najmi’s half ton was enough to chase down Sir Ali Muslim Club’s meagre 64 – run total for nought. Najmi managed 58 runs in 30 balls to wrap up the victory for Nairobi Gymkhana in just 8.1 overs.

Batting first, Mohammed Taufiq (12 off 22 and Safraz Malik (10 off 25) were the only batsmen to manage double figures as Param Patel ripped through the host’s batting order to amass 6/28 off 8 overs. Dhir Talati (2/7 in 3.4 overs) was the other pick of the bowlers for Gymkhana.

Kanbis Sports Club ‘B’ made short work of Annadil Jamaly (10/70), chasing down their target in just 9.5 overs. Milan Kerai was unbeaten on 27 off 28 balls with Dipin Patel (25 off 17) contributing.

Hussain Adamali (31 off 43balls) was the top scorer for Annadil Jamaly who got cleaned up barely past the halfway mark of their innings. Mukunj Rabadia returned mean figures of 2/6 off 7 overs; Jinesh Jivani (2/21) and Keyur Khetani (2/10) making contributions with the ball.

Yusuf Ali picked the only two wickets to fall for the Eastleigh – based side, managing 2/31 off his five overs.

At Ruaraka Sports Club, the host’s ‘B’ – side fell to Stray Lions ‘B’ by five wickets despite setting up the highest score of the day in the division – 10/151.

A solid batting performance at the top saw Stray Lions chase down the target in 23.5 overs. Dean Antony came in flushing eight boundaries and a maximum on his way to an unbeaten half century 44- ball 59. Contributions from Hamza Khan (34 off 27) and Andrew Mboya (27 off 33) saw the visitors home. Rinkesh Vekariya threatened, but he could only manage 3/29 off his 7 overs.

A lethal bowling attack had reduced the hosts to 51/4 before ex – Kenya international Thomas Odoyo (48 off 73) combined with Rinkesh Vekariya (25 off 51 balls) in a 65 – run fifth wicket partnership to hold the middle. With the departure of the two just six balls apart, the lower order produced two ducks and a solitary run leaving Hiren Kerai unbeaten on 28 runs off 16 balls.

Vaibhav Naresh (3/23) and Andrew Mboya (3/30) were the pick of the bowlers for the Peponi based side alongside Peterson Kamau (2/19) and Jimmy Kamande (2/28.)

Sikh Union Sports Club saw an all-out affair that featured a 10 – run win for the hosts over Swamibapa Sports Club ‘B’. Electing to bat, Suryakant Sanghani picked 6/21 to help bowl out Sikh Union ‘B’ for 89 runs in 29.2 overs, meaningful bat contributions coming from Jitendra Hirani (31 off 69 balls) and Vatsal Haria (12 off 15 balls.)

In reply, Akash Sharma produced a brilliant bowling display, racking up 5/15 in just 7 overs to stop the visitors 10 runs short of their target. Gurminder Riyat top-scored for Swamibapa with a run-a-ball 29.

Altaf Sheikh produced an all – round performance with bat and ball to help Ngara Sports Club ‘B’ to an 8 – wicket win. His 4/16 backed by Kishan Patel’s 3/16 helped bowl out Stray Cheetahs Cricket Club for a paltry 80 runs, before putting on a run-a-ball 27 in the run chase.

Manthan Joshi made the bat talk for the hosts with an unbeaten half ton that came off 48 balls, four boundaries and a solitary maximum to his name.

The quartet of Abdul Basit, Salman Gantara, Drupad Nandakishor and Mujib Akram top scored for the visitors with 11 runs each.

Despite Brian Likavu’s half century, Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club proved too strong over Kenya Kongonis Cricket Club ‘A’, beating them by 46 runs in their own backyard.

Put in to bat, the visitors finished on 10/150 with notable scores from Vishal Shikotra (46), Irfan Karim (29) and Subramaniam Moorthy (27.)

Mahavir Grewal (4/54), Darshit Patel (2/38) and Kelvin Nganga (2/13) combined for the ball for Kongonis while Muqtar Hussein (3/1), Mr. Amirali (3/14), Subramaniam Moorthy (2/27) and Zeeshan Malik (2/33) shone with the ball for Jaffery.

NGOCHE REJOINS PRIDE WITH EMPHATIC TON

Shem Ngoche acknowledging his ton at Peponi School

The NPCA 50 over League bowled off this past Sunday, 11th July, at various grounds in Nairobi.

Shem Ngoche announced his return to Stray Lions Cricket Club with a blistering ton to steer his former Club to their first win of the season with a mammoth 169 – run win over Ruaraka Sports Club. The immediate Kenya Kongonis export finished on 109 runs off just 119 balls, 9 boundaries and four maximums to his name.

Opening the batting, Praveen Mogasati set the tone with a half century (57 off 84b.) Notable contributions from skipper Nithin Arvind (26 off 22b) and Joseph Onyango (23 off 31) helped the home side to 8/263 after winning the toss.

Purshotam Vekariya (3/59) and Vishil Patel (2/58) were the pick of the bowlers for Ruaraka.

In reply, Joseph Onyango scalped 4/12 off his allotted overs, teaming up with Ngoche (3/13 off 7 overs) to bundle the visitors for only 94 runs. Zimbabwean wicket – keeper batsman Gary Chirumuuta showed he was no slouch behind the stumps, picking a record five stumpings and two catches. 

SCLPS took advantage of their visitors’ depleted squad to beat them by three wickets. Gurdeep Singh (78 off 91) balls lacked any meaningful partner as his side slumped to 8/158 inside 36 overs. Hiten Vekariya and Kishore Banderi scalped three a piece with Raj Bhudia (2/12) completing the job.

SCLPS (7/159) chased down the total in 36.3 overs, with contributions from Sumit Halai (54 off 49), Hiten Vekariya (37 off 29) and Niraj Patel (25 off 66.)

In a surprising turn of events, star studded Nairobi Gymkhana folded for 108/10 to a rampaging Ngara Sports Club who set them 202 runs to win off their allotted overs. The mid – lower order held fort for Ngara SC, Nikul Patel remaining unbeaten on 55 off 53 runs as Dhey Patel gritted 49 runs off 107 balls.

Vraj Patel ran through the hosts batting order to pick 6/24 in a poor batting performance that ended with 19 overs to spare, three ducks and another three single digit figures. Dominic Wesonga (26* off 50) barely survived the onslaught, top scoring for Nairobi Gymkhana.

At Eastleigh High School, Kanbis Sports Club squeezed out a three wicket win after wrapping up visiting Sikh Union ‘A’ for 134 runs off 37 overs. Immediate U-19 skipper Sachin Bhudiya top scored with 37 off 28 with supporting scores from Hiren Kabariya unbeaten on 32 off 36 balls and Pushpak Kerai (20 off 26 balls.)

Muhammad Kalyan (46 off 93) looked solid for the visitors before falling short of a half century while Himanshu Dixit starred with both bat and ball, scoring 20 off 35 balls before picking 2/31 in their futile run chase.

Mikunj Pindolia (4/8) was the pick of the bowlers for the  hosts.

KARIM LEADS JAFFERY SPORTS CLUB TO SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON

The NPCA 50 – over week two action continued to impress with the bat, recording six 200 par scores out of the seven matches played, including a successful run chase.

Nairobi Jaffery Sports Club ramped a 94 – run win over Stray Cheetah Cricket Club to make it two in two wins, courtesy of Irfan Karim’s 86-ball 93. The wicket keeper -opening batsman hit ten boundaries in his feat, before playing back to Navpreet Singh in the 33rd over.

However, he is not fazed by falling short of his maiden ton of the season. “Jaffery has always been my home and I’m glad to be back. The centuries will come, hopefully, but for now, I’m just happy to be able to help revive the cricket there,” says Karim.

Even a rampaging Navpreet Singh’s 6/26 was not enough to stop the hosts from compiling 237 runs in 43.3 overs.

Karim opened the innings with Vishal Shikotra (17 off 33) who perished at the close of the sixth over with only 36 runs on the board. He then went on to construct a 134-run partnership for the second wicket with Sajad Nurani (56 0ff 77) before being dismissed successively within eleven balls.

Ali Kassam was the other contributor with the bat for Jaffery, posting a run-a-ball 15 while Himanshu Rishi (3/36) and Tamish Sharma (1/16) backed up Singh’s performance with the ball.

In reply, Adbul Basit was brilliant at the top with a knock of 53 runs of 48 balls but there were not enough partnerships to see the visitors through. Only Drupad Meswani (31 off 44) made further impact with the bat for the Cheetahs, Himanshu Rishi and Navpreet Singh adding 13 runs each.

Zeeshan Malik led the wicket tally for Jaffery with 3/10 off 4 overs, Mr. Amirali and Sajad Nurani sharing two-a-piece.         

Jaffery Sports Club play away to SCLPS ‘B’ this Sunday, 25th July.