Poor pitch conditions curtail NPCA T20 top four playoffs as Cutchi Leva, Swamibapa show great form

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CRICKET Poor pitch conditions curtail NPCA T20 top four playoffs as Cutchi Leva, Swamibapa show great form

Joel Omotto 10:18 - 26.02.2024

Teams in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association T20 Super Division have an extra week to train after heavy rains forced the postponement of the eliminators and qualifier playoffs.

The eagerly awaited Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) T20 Super Division eliminators and qualifier playoffs have been moved to this weekend due to poor pitch conditions.

Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS YL A), who topped the team-team Super Division league, will face second placed Stray Lions A while Kanbis A, who finished fourth in the league, will take on Champions Swamibapa A in the eliminator.

The 50 Overs league champions Ruaraka are the notable absentees in the top four after finishing fifth on the log.

Cutchi Leva have been the dark horses of the ongoing T20 season with scintillating performances which saw them hit the log summit with vigour.

SCLPS YL A tied on points (24) with Stray Lions but ascending to the top of the table with a superior run rate of 0.938 against the latter’s 0.787.

Champions Swamibapa, despite a shaky start to the season, took third spot with 20 points while Kanbis A managed 16 points to occupy fourth spot.

To qualify for the final, the top two teams play in the qualifier playoff while the third and fourth-placed sides square it out in the eliminator.

“Due to wet weather, the conditions at Sikh Union remained unplayable both in the morning and afternoon sessions, hence the postponement of the eliminator and qualifier matches to Saturday,” said NPCA Secretary Narendra Patel.

It is an opportunity for the teams to prepare even better for the grueling fixtures which hold the key to the final.

Meanwhile, in league matches played last weekend, Cutchi Leva were in imperious form when they handed Kanbis A a four-wicket defeat at the Eastleigh High School.

Hosts Kanbis A won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 123 for seven in 14 overs.

The Eastleigh side suffered a setback when their skipper Dhiren Gondaria was sent back to the pavilion after scoring only one run. Pushpak Kerai was Kanbis’ highest scorer with half a century while Narendra Patel scored 20.

Chasing the target, Cutchi Leva managed 124 for six in 13.4 overs to carry the day. Ravi Rabadia, the wicket keeper batsman, scored a quick 46 with three boundaries and three maximums to guide his side to an exciting victory.

Elsewhere, champions Swamibapa A handed Stray Lions their first defeat of the season with a seven-wicket advantage at Jaffery’s Academy.

The match was reduced to 14 overs in line with the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method (DLS) which is a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score (number of runs needed to win) for the team batting second in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances.

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