Champions Swamibapa face Sikh Union

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 10, 2017
  • Swamibapa have not been in the same form which saw them dethrone Kanbis. (SNA. File Photo)

Swamibapa, the NPCA Twenty20 champions tackle Sikh Union as he event enters the second leg this weekend.

The last time these two teams clashed, Sikh Union won by seven wickets in a low-scoring game. This was the second consecutive loss by the defending champions who also lost to the same team in the finall of the Harilal Shah Memorial tournament in November last year.

Since their last meeting on the opening day of this year’s campaign, the two sides have posted contrasting results.

While Swamibapa have won five matches, Sikh Union have only won three. Their one wicket loss to Cutchi Leva last weekend jeopardized their ability to challenge for the title especially in the absence of their Ugandan players.

Last week, Arthur Kyobe, Francis Nsubuga and Hamu Kayando, the three Ugandans who have been key to the side’s three wins were not available for last weekend’s matches which included a hard fought win over Kongonis.

Sikh Union may have the trio in their line up this weekend.

Despite winning five of their seven matches, Swamibapa have not been in the same form which saw them dethrone Kanbis. Their batting is still wanting.

Lifted by the batsmen

The batsmen have often failed to transform their good starts into good scores. In matches where they have batted first, it’s the bowlers led by Lameck Onyango who have lifted them. Onyango has received good support from the spinners who have always picked up wickets.

After taking on Sikh Union, Swamibapa will head back home at Nairobi Jaffery to welcome Nairobi Gymkhana.

In other matches for the weekend, Kanbis hope to bounce back from their double losses last weekend when they host Ruaraka on Saturday before heading to Ngong Road to face Kongonis.

After losing two matches to Stray Lions and Swamibapa, a win for the former champions will boost their chances of qualification to the elimination stage.Ruaraka and Kongonis are not having a good time in the event.

Leaders Stray Lions will play Kongonis at Nairobi Club and Cutchi Leva at Peponi on Sunday.

Fixtures

Saturday, 11th February: Kongonis v Stray Lions (Nairobi Club), Kanbis v Ruaraka (Eastleigh High School), Sikh Union v Swamibapa (Sikh Union), Nairobi Gymkhana v Cutchi Leva (Nairobi Gymkhana). Matches start at 2:30 pm.

Sunday, 12th February: Stray Lions v Cutchi Leva (Peponi), Swamibapa v Nairobi Gymkhana (Nairobi Jafferys), Ruaraka v Sikh Union (Ruaraka Sports Club), Kongonis v Kanbis (Nairobi Club), Matches start at 9:30 am.