Invincible Kanbis crush Swamibapa

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 06, 2014
  • Rajesh Bhudia, Kanbi's captain led by example as they beat Swamibapa by 129 runs on Sunday. (SNA File Photo)

Swamibapa endured one of their most deflating moments in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association league on Sunday after they were left battered, bruised and convincingly defeated by Kanbis. 

Kanbis raced to 316 for 9 and left national team bowlers who turn up for Swamibapa with an uphill task to chase for an upset win. It was a daunting task. None of the Swamibapa players were able to take the sting out of Kanbis. Swamibapa were bundled out for 187 and lost by 129 runs.

On a scorching hot day at Eastleigh High School, the home side had no hesitation in batting. Openers Dhiren Gondaria and Narendra Patel were aggressive from the start, dispatching anything wayward from Elijah Otieno and Nehemiah Odhiambo as they posted a record opening stand of 196.

With nine overs gone the score was already 50-0, and despite Swamibapa ringing the bowling changes, Kanbis were relentless. The pair brought up their 100 partnership inside 17 overs, and had already set Kanbis the ideal platform for what looked to be an imposing total.

Gondaria reached his half century with scores on 129 and Narendra also got his ton immediately. At the mid stage, the inning score was150 for 0 and five overs later, Narendra was caught off James Ngoche with scores on 196 for a well-made 95.

In came the partnership between Gondaria and Rakep Patel. The stand ran Swamibapa fielders ragged, stealing singles and taking two’s to almost every boundary fielder before Gondaria was caught off Odhiambo having made 111 runs.

Youngsters received rapturous applause

The youngster who had made three half tons in three inning prior the match received a rapturous applause from a sizeable home crowd. Rakep kept flaying the bowling to all parts of the ground before falling on 88. Their job was done after making a mince meat out of Swamibapa bowlers. 

In reply Swamibapa faced a steep himm to climb but lost wickets regularly. Kanbis defence fell into the hands of Captain Rajesh Bhudia and Rakep whose excellent control made them more difficult to play under the conditions.

The two picked three wickets each as Kanbis made mince meat of the former powerhouse. Narendra’s wicket of Odhiambo and a run out to Ouma (36) left Swamibapa at 75 for 2.

Obanda who got his fifth half ton then got the scores to triple digits but Bhudia struck with scores on 111 by having Obanda caught by Gondaria on 57. Mitesh Sangani was providing the only real resistance for Swamibapa but with the game long over Bhudia was still hungry for wickets, and had him caught on 32.

Other players who fell to Bhudia was Francis Otieno. Rakep’s victims were Peter Ongondo (3), Lameck Onyango (1) and Mayur Pindoria (12). With the win, Kanbis still occupy the second place in the nine team’s league.