Kanbis, Stray Lions off to a good start as champions Swamibapa handed first defeat

CRICKET Kanbis, Stray Lions off to a good start as champions Swamibapa handed first defeat

Abigael Wafula 14:08 - 29.01.2024

The Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Twenty20 League saw Kanbis A and Stray Lions claim their first wins of the league as defending champions Swamibapa A were handed a bitter defeat.

Shree Cutch Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS YL A) caused the biggest upset so far as the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Twenty20 League kicked off at various venues.

In their game that was happening at the Nairobi Jaffery’s Sports Club, Cutch Leva beat reigning champions Swamibapa “A” with a humiliating 6-wicket blow. They served up great moments ahead for the shorter version of the game traditionally played around this time of the season.

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The star players of the game were Lucas Odhiambo Ndandason and right-arm fast bowler Raj Bhudia. Owing to his amazing exploits, Ndandason emerged as the match’s top scorer with 54 runs whilst Bhudia took four wickets to his credit.

Meanwhile, Swamibapa won the toss and elected to bat first scoring 147 for eight in 20.0 overs. Their opponents managed 154 for four in 19.3 overs to carry the day.

Maurice Ouma of Swamibapa A hit a 36 to finish as the third top scorer behind Cutchi Leva’s Niraj Harji Patel with 39 runs.

Elsewhere, at the Eastleigh High School grounds, star batsmen Sachin Bhudiya (41) and Pushpak Kerai (35) batted sensibly to enable hosts Kanbis A to defeat Nairobi Gymkhana by 71 runs.

Former Kenya international Thomas Odoyo was Gymkhana’s top order before he was caught out by Pushpak after a paltry 3 runs. Stian Smith was Gymkhana’s top scorer with 20 runs.

In another game played, Stray Lions A decimated Sikh Union A by 9 wickets, thanks to Aman Gandhi’s 71 and Irfan Karim’s 68. Sikh Union’s star player was Jasraj Kundi with 42 runs to his name.

In Division Two, Obuya Cricket Academy B defeated Sikh Union Development by 4 wickets while An-nail Jamaly A team beat Stray Leopards A by 3 wickets.

In Division One, Kenya Kongonis Cricket Club A defeated Swamibapa B by 38 runs in a match played at Nairobi Club. Swamibapa B won the toss and elected to field first scoring 78 for 8 in 20.0 overs. In reply, Kongonis had it 116 for 9 in 20.0 overs to carry the day.

Festus Agesa was the toast of home team Kongonis with five wickets to his name whilst his teammate Jitendra Singh Gariya scored 36 runs.nOther scores for Kongonis came from Nirav Bhudia (22) and skipper Thomas Ojijo (20).