Kanbis seek to end Ruaraka’s five-match unbeaten run in NPCA 50-Overs elite league

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CRICKET Kanbis seek to end Ruaraka’s five-match unbeaten run in NPCA 50-Overs elite league

Joel Omotto 09:00 - 30.07.2023

The Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association league leaders are seeking six games without defeat but face a major test against Kanbis

The sixth week of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50-Overs elite league will once again feature four mouth-watering matches scheduled for Sunday, July 30.

Leaders Ruaraka A will lock horns with Kanbis A at Ruaraka Sports Club in a fixture that will go down as the weekend’s highlight.

Granted, fans at the pavilion will be treated to some exhilarating displays considering that both teams will field some of the league’s finest batsmen.

Leading run scorer is none other than Kanbis dangerman and skipper Dhiren Gondaria who savours three centuries in five innings so far.

Kanbis will hinge their hopes on their top order which includes Dhiren and Narendra Patel as Rakep Patel will be seeking to tame his crease adversaries later in their batting order.

Although no one knows what’s up the sleeves of the bowlers and batters in Sunday’s derby, this will definitely come to light after the toss is won.

For Ruaraka, the pair of Pushkar Sharma and Sachin Gill will for the umpteenth time spearhead Ruaraka’s spirited run with zest and vigour.

“Standards have been set but only the sky’s the limit,” said NPCA’s Vice chairman, Sreenivas Thota, while commenting on the Ruaraka-Kanbis derby from the Goan Institute Hall on Thursday night, where he led other NPCA officials in distributing merchandise for the NPCA Umpires.

Ruaraka are unbeaten in five matches, having amassed a flawless total of 20 points ahead of Kanbis A and Swamibapa (both on 16)-separated by respective run rates.

Kanbis will, however, fight like wounded Lions having already lost one match to Swamibapa at Jaffrey’s last weekend.

“Batting-wise, I think we started really well in our loss to Swamibapa last weekend and again guys who were set failed to finish off,” said Gondaria when asked about Sunday’s headline match.

“I think the way Narendra and myself were batting, we could have chased the target with 3-4 wickets down but unfortunately, the idea of scoring boundaries was what trapped us and that’s where we lost it as we were losing the wickets on a regular basis.”

At Nairobi Jaffery’s ground, Stray Lions A will visit Swamibapa in another Super Division fixture scheduled for 9:30am.

The Swami’s will peg their hopes on captain Rushab Patel and Vraj Patel. Vraj has collected a total of 15 wickets, the highest in the competition so far.

In other matches, Sikh Union A will host neighbours Nairobi Gymkhana A as Obuya Academy A go for their second win against hosts SCLPS YL A.