Cricket: Obuya Academy register NPCA win at last

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 00:00 |
Cutchi Leva’s prolific run getter, Rahul Nathani, plays a shot during his unbeaten innings of 99 against Sikh Union last weekend.

Obuya Academy finally earned victory in the ongoing Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Super Division 50-Over Championships after their 52 run win over Shree Cutchi Leva on Sunday at Lenana School with 19 balls extra.

Collins Omondi had the highest score of 124-10 as Obuya Academy who were batting first set a score total of 220 on the board at close of the first innings in what set them at an advantage.

Omondi batted elegantly and was only ejected in the eighth over through Rajesh Bhudia’s quick ball.

Other run-getters for Obuya Academy included Sahil Shah on 32 and Kennedy Obuya on 16 as the Lavington-based side ensured they were safe in numbers.

In the second innings, Shree Cutchi Leva managed 168-10 on the board with Obuya Academy bowlers led by Julian Mohabir (3-39 balls) proving effective.

The highest scorer for the visitors was opener Darsh Panchani (62 runs off 85 balls) whose contribution included nine boundaries.

He was subsequently bowled out by Collins Omondi in the ninth over as the Shree Cutchi Leva batsmen started fading with solid bowling coming from the likes of Steve Biko (2-22 balls) and Ken Mwangi (2-15 balls).

In another clash, Ruaraka Sports Club thrashed visiting Ngara Sports Club by a massive 202 runs with Pushkar Sharema not out on 167 runs off 140 balls at the latter’s homeground.

Sharma’s incredible feat included 17 boundaries and four big sixes. Ruaraka posted the highest score of the season (354-5) with other big scorers including Sachin Gil (59 runs off 59 balls) and Ajinkya Beloshe (43 runs off 33 balls) who helped the margin bigger in a pulsating opening innings.

Ngara had not much of a response after the break, only 152-9 on the board with Ruaraka’s bowler Vishil Patel (4-41 balls) being the key weapon of destruction.

The highest score for Ngara SC was Rajiv Sutaria (34 runs off 52 balls), whose contribution also included four boundaries.

Elsewhere the trio bigwigs of Stray Lions and Swamibapa had easy wins as well in round eight of action.

Swami won their match against Sir Ali Muslim Club by 52 runs after setting a first inning score of 341-5 with Harendra Kerai (68 runs off 51 balls) being the top scorer. 

In the big duel of the weekend, Stray Lions beat their rivals Kanbis Sports Club by a single wicket to move top of the table with 28 points off eight matches.

Kanbis had in the opening innings set a total of 249-9 on the board before the Lions erased that score after the break with their own 250-9.

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