By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 27, 2017
Kenya Kongonis capitalized on Sikh Union’s predicament to end nearly a four-year losing to Sikh Union on Sunday.
From 11 matches, the Nairobi Club-based club had only won three matches and 10 points behind fourth-placed Nairobi Gymkhana and needed to break the losing streak to boost their chances of making it to the last four of the 2017 NPCA Twenty20.
Despite Sikh Union, fielding their second string side, Kongonis had to fight until the last over. They had to use all their resources to surpass Sikh Union’s 120 for 4.
Angad Kholi top-scored with an unbeaten 51 runs. Kholi and Chris Childs put on an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 86 runs to see Kongonis to the win with the first ball of the last over.
Kholi faced 42 balls which yielded two sixes and six boundaries while Childs scored 37 from 43 balls with only two boundaries. The two came up together after they had lost Emmanuel Opura for 22 from 25 balls.
Earlier former under-19 bowlers Paramveer Singh continued with his good form with the bat which yielded half a ton. Paramveer scored 51 from 57 balls and was assisted by Rajiv Sutaria (26) and Sukhdeep Singh (24).
Sikh Union lost their first two wickets for seven runs before Paramveer and Sutaria lifted them to 44. After Surataria was bowled by Tony Ochieng, Paramveer and Sukhdeep got the scores to 84 in a 40 runs stand.
Paramveer was the last wicket to fall when he was run out of the last ball of the inning having hit four boundaries. Martin Okoth was Kongonis' outstanding bowler with 2 for 9 from three overs.
However, Nairobi Gymkhana almost guaranteed their place in the semifinals with a 15 runs win over Ruaraka.
After being restricted to to 125 for 7, the home team bowled out Ruaraka for 107 in 18.5 overs.
Rushabh Patel led Nairobi Gymkhana’s inning with run a ball 37 with skipper Karan Kaul adding on 22. Tushar Vaghani was Ruaraka top batsman in the match with 42 from 22 balls as Nairobi Gymkhana spinners choked their guests with wickets at regular intervals.
Raj Savala, Keval Patel and Peterson Kamau all picked two wickets.
Sunday, February 26
Sikh Union (120 for 5) lost Kongonis (123 for 1) by nine wickets.
Nairobi Gymkhana (125 for 7) beat Ruaraka (107 all out) by 15 runs.