Gurdeep ton fails to salvage a win for Sikh Union against Swamibapa

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 31, 2017
  • Lameck Onyango was impressed by Sikh Union, Nairobi's fighting spirit. (SNA. File Photo)

Swamibapa pulled off a tension-packed eight-run victory against hosts Sikh Union, Nairobi despite a fighting hundred by Gurdeep Singh in an NPCA Super League match on Sunday.

Gurdeep kept Swamibapa’s victory bid on hold during his resistance-filled 110 and took a ‘unlucky’ dismissal from Jadavji Bhimji to end his inning.

Needing 30 runs off 24 balls and four wickets in hand in their pursuit for 275, Gurdeep went for a pull but mistimed it.

The ball hit his pad and while waiting for the umpire to adjudge on Swamibapa’s appeal for an lbw, the ball rolled to break the stumps behind him.

Gurdeep stood on the crease in disbelief for a minute before marching back to the pavilion, disappointed at his dismissal after bringing his team so close to an upset win.

Sikh Union were finally bowled for 266 with two balls to play.

Gurdeep’s second consecutive ton of the season spiced with three sixes and eight boundaries had brought the home team within 30 victory and four overs to bat for victory.

Bhimji had Joseph Owino stumped before Tarandeep Singh and last man Gangandeep Singh were run out, sparking wild celebrations among the Swamibapa players and fans.

Gurdeep and Pratik Chhallare (37) shared who looked like a match winning stand when they put on 103 runs for the sixth wicket that got the scores to 214 runs after 40.1 overs.

Quick succession

The two linked up together in the 24th over after Mitesh Sangani had claimed the wickets of Abdul Rehman (34) and Paramveer Singh (7) in quick succession.

Swamibapa had struggled once again with the bat at the beginning to stand at 77 for 4 before Krishna Katukala (85), Mitesh Sangani (51) and Emmanuel Bundi (40) to lift them to the final total.

Swamibapa captain Lameck Onyango lauded the win. "This was a tough match. Sikh kept the match alive to the end.

They pushed up to the final over and I must say it was a match that most of us will remember for a while, said Onyango who now has four wins out of four.

"Credit to Sikh Union, the way they batted and bowled was impressive. Gurdeep was wonderful and fought hard." Sikh Union captain praised his team's fight till the bitter end.

"It was a good fight, but still disappointed we didn’t get over the line," Gurdeep said.

At Eastleigh High School, Kanbis continued their heavy demolition on their opponents with a 161 runs win over Nairobi Gymkhana.

Batting first, the former champions recovered from a horrific start that saw them in trouble on 99 for 5 to post 310 for six thanks to centurions Nelson Odhiambo (136 off 138 balls) and Ramesh Mepani (108 not out from 87 balls).

Pushpak Kerai made a return to the top league with five wickets which saw Nairobi Gymkhana fall to149 runs to succumb to their third successive loss of the season.

Batting crumbled

Nairobi Gymkhana batting crumbled with five batsmen failing to trouble the scorers with ducks with only Dominic Wesonga looking the only batsmen that was up to Kanbis bowlers challenge with 77 from 97 balls.

It was the third match in four matches that Kanbis had scored over 300 runs this season while it was the second time in two matches that Nairobi Gymkhana had failed to transform their good start with the ball to a fine end.

Just as it was the case in their match against Swamibapa last weekend, Nairobi Gymkhana bowlers failed to carry their good start forward and gave Kanbis batsman opportunities to score the huge total.

Odhiambo and Mepani’s sixth wicket stand of 211 runs was studded with 19 fours and four sixes. Odhiambo lost his wicket off the last ball of the inning when he was run out.

Trouble started as early as the fourth over for the visitors when they were two wickets down for seven runs. They continued to struggle losing wickets regularly to stay at 78 for 6 and then 84 for 8.

Wesonga remained helpless on one end as wickets fell on the other side.

At Peponi School, Hiren Varaiya bagged 5 for 25 as defending champions Stray Lions easily beat Ruaraka by 187 runs. Chasing 326, Ruaraka were all out for 139 in 33.4 overs mainly to Varaiya’s scalps.

Earlier, Stray Lions' newly acquired overseas players Manyala Praneeth Ashwin Hebbar were in good form scoring half centuries alongside Collins Obuya and Prashant Srinivas as the home team scored 326 for seven.

Praneeth top scored with 76 and Obuya (72), Hebbar (70) adding on seventies. Srinivas batting for the first time in three innings scored 63 runs.

Results, Sunday July 30

Sikh Union, Nairobi (266 all out) lost Swamibapa (274 all out) by 8 runs.

Kanbis (310 for 6) beat Nairobi Gymkhana (141 all out) by 161 runs.

Stray Lions (326 for 7) beat Ruaraka (139 all out) by 187 runs.

Sir Ali (237 all out) beat Cutchi Leva (176 all out) by 61 runs.

Kongonis (232 all out) beat Obuya Academy (153 all out) by 79 runs.