Karim scores a century on return to NPCA action

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 18, 2017
  • Kanbis' Nahendra Patel bats against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj in an NPCA league match on Sunday. He scored half a century. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

National cricket team wicketkeeper Irfan Karim returned to the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) league in fine style, scoring a century for his new side Swamibapa at Nairobi Club on Sunday.

Karim reached triple-figures in his first ever match for Swamibapa as the NPCA Super League action resumed on Sunday after a five-week break.

Karim’s 130 was key in Swamibapa’s 225-run win over hosts Kongonis. His ton which came off 145 balls and included 16 fours and four sixes helped the former league champions post 396 for 6.

The visitors then had an easy time with the ball, bowling out their hosts for 171.

After winning the toss, Naman Patel (63) and Alex Obanda (51) put on an opening stand of 109 runs before Patel and Karim got the scores to 178.

After the dismissal of Patel, Karim got another impressive stand from Maurice Ouma as they got the scores to 315 with a third wicket stand of 137 runs.

Eventually Karim was dismissed with the board on 325 after being caught by Martin Mworia off Eugene Ochieng. Krishna Babu and Ravi Kumar added on 40 and 28 runs respectively as Ochieng finished with 2 for 78.

In their reply, Kongonis batsmen did not build partnership as Swamibapa picked wickets at regular intervals.

Patel and Jadavji Bhimji was the thorn in the flesh for the bottom-placed Kongonis with four wickets each.

Jadavji clean up

Jadavji cleaned up the top and the middle order to finish with 4 for 28 while Patel cleared up the tail to end with 4 for 39 in nine overs as Kongonis folded on 171.

Openers Chris Childs and Newton Muthee were the only batsmen in the home team batting line up with impressive batting show by posting 45 and 35 runs respectively. The two also put on the best stand of the match-86.

After the stand was broken by Bhimji who had Muthee caught, Kongonis got in trouble as dropping from 96 for 1 to 131 for 5.

At Eastleigh High School, Kanbis also maintained their 100 percent record in the league with another huge win. The multiple league champions beat Cutchi Leva by 249 to maintain their grip at the summit of the table.

The hosts posted 357 runs thanks to Dhiren Gondaria’s ton and a two half tons from Narendra Kalyan and Rakesh Kahar.

Gondaria scored 101 runs from 91 balls with his fellow opener Kalyan who was playing his first match of the season adding on 69. The two put on an opening stand of 139 runs.

After the opening stand was broken with the dismissal of Kalyan, Kanbis lost wickets at regular intervals but not without making the scorers busy.

Kahar later held up the middle order with 89 runs to boost their scores to the 300 runs mark. Puspak Kerai was the main destroyer of Cutchi Leva with 6 for 36.

Hiten Vekaria top scored for the visitors with 47.

Defending champions Stray Lions were stretched to a two wickets win over Obuya Academy at Peponi School.

Chasing 155, Stray Lions lost eight wickets on their way to their sixth successive victory of the season.