Kanbis subdue Obuya Academy, Stray Lions roar past Sir Ali

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 10, 2017
  • Dhiren Gondoria scored one of the three centuries for Kanbis against Obuya Academy. (SNA. File Photo)

Debutants Obuya Academy received a welcome that they would want to forget quickly on the opening day of the 2017 NPCA Super League.

Obuya Academy were the heaviest losers of the day going down by 313 runs to former champions Kanbis at Eastleight High School in a match that saw three batsmen score centuries.

It was the same script at Sir Ali Muslim Club where the hosts, who are returning to the top tier league lost by 195 runs to defending champions Stray Lions.

At Eastleigh High School, Obuya Academy were chasing Kanbis’ total of 444 after Rakep Patel, Dhiren Gondaria and Vinod Rabadia had each scored centuries.

They were all back to the pavilion having scored only 131 .

After winning the toss, Kanbis were dominant from the first ball with openers Rakep and Gondaria finding the going easy with an opening stand of 226 runs in 20 overs.

The stand was broken when Rakep was bowled by Aveet Desai after cracking a 65 balls 125 that included six sixes and 18 boundaries.

Gondaria was also back to the pavilion immediately after scoring 105 from 68 balls that had 11 boundaries and six maximums.

Bhudia joined the party

Sachin Bhudia joined the party with 55 runs before falling after putting on 123 for the third wicket with Rabadia (122).

With the batsmen in the mood of maintaining the strike rate, Rabadia received a stand of 45 runs from Ramesh Mepani which got them to the 400 mark.

It dawned on Obuya Academy that the super division was different from the second tier league. They struggled in their chase with Kanbis failing to give them any breathing space.

An opening stand of 32 runs between Steve Odhiambo and Tom Ochieng (35) was the best for the youthful side.

Even the experience that Obuya brothers David and Kennedy tried to bring up and at least see the team put on a decent total was quashed by a strong Kanbis' bowling unit led by Nischay Kerai who made his debut in the league with 4 for 12 from only 14 balls.

At Sir Ali, defending champions Stray Lions had little time on the field beating returnees Sir Ali by 195 runs.

Electing to bat, Stray Lions posted 282 with three balls to play before the bowlers made life difficult for the home team by choking them for only 87 runs.

Shem Obado’s promotion at number three paid off as he top-scored with 80 runs. Coming in after they had been reduced 45 after nine overs.

With opener Manyala Pranit (42) also falling after adding on 14 with Obado for the second wicket, Obado and Ashwin Hebbar got them to over 150 runs mark with a third wicket stand of 119 runs.

Aman Gandhi broke the stand in the 32nd over when he had Hebbar stumped for 65. Obado lost three partners for 29 runs later on before he finally fell to Mujib Ashraf with 12 overs to play.

Maximum batting points

Nehemiah Odhiambo guided the team towards the maximum batting points with 38 runs. James Butatila (2 for 33), Mujib Ashraf (2 for 41) and Thomas Odoyo (2 for 62) were the top performers with the ball for the home team.

In reply, Sir Ali struggled losing wickets at regular intervals before finally succumbing to 87 in 23.3 overs.

Obado and Abhishek Chidambaran were the toast of Stray Lions' bowling with three wickets each.

An opening wicket stand of 40 runs between Ken Owino (33) and Gandhi (19) was the best the home team could offer in their chase as wickets went on to fall easily after Obado had broken the opening stand with the dismissal of Gandhi in the eighth over.

Apart from the two, none of the other batsmen was able to get into double digits.

At Samaj School, Alex Obanda (59) and Lameck Onyango (58) both scored half centuries as Swamibapa beat hosts Cutchi Leva by 121 runs.

Losing the first two wickets for only one run, Swamibapa endured some tension in their set by losing wickets regularly but managed to recover through the two half centuries and Krishna Badu and James Ngoche’s 30’s.

Swamibapa ended on 244 runs Ngoche was the star with the ball picking up 3 for 22 as the hosts were bowled out for 123.

Summarized results

Kanbis (444 for 7) beat Obuya Academy (131 all out) by 313 runs.

Sir Ali Muslim Club (87 all out) lost Stray Lion (282 all out) by 195 runs.

Cutchi Leva (123 all out) lost Swamibapa (244 all out) by 121 runs.